In April 2015 in Guangzhou, TIM Dean Thomas Bingham and Vice President Wu Jian of South China Normal University signed an agreement that will potentially bring up to 30 students each year into the TIM Master's degree program. The agreement allows SCNU students to transfer to UHM after their junior year, where they will simultaneously complete their bachelors degree and begin the TIM master's program. After five years, these students will have earned both a bachelor's degree from SCNU and a master's degree from TIM.