The ZJU-UIUC Institute breaks down boundaries between traditional engineering disciplines, and does not plan to establish discipline-based departments or institutes. Instead, it creates cross-disciplinary teams and activities, and encourages multidisciplinary knowledge convergence and cross cooperation. Corresponding to this cross-disciplinary emphasis, experimental classes that include Engineering and Systems Science, Information Systems and Digital Science, and Energy and Environmental Engineering Science, are organized for advanced students. Courses that emphasize entrepreneurship and creative problem solving are incorporated throughout the curriculum. Design courses include students from multiple degree programs, working together. These activities cultivate innovative talents with cross-cutting and multidisciplinary knowledge.