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A Fully Articulated International Program In Manufacturing Engineering Technology

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.14.1 - 4.14.8

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Frank Franklin

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Ed Espin

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Christopher Viers

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Lawrence Fryda

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Session 2360

A Fully Articulated International Program in Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Lawrence J. Fryda, Christopher Viers, Ed Espin, Frank Franklin Central Michigan University


The Industrial and Engineering Technology Department (IET) at Central Michigan University (CMU) and the Mechanical Engineering Technology Division (MET) of Humber College in Toronto, Canada have been working to develop a duel enrollment program which responds to international student needs and interests in the global marketplace. The program is designed so that students are enrolled concurrently at both institutions and are able to take specified CMU courses before completing the Humber diploma option of the program. To support this initiative the programs have been linked, harmonizing the curriculum to ensure the smooth transition from one institution’s program to the other.

The steering committee for this program is staffed by personnel from both institutions. This staffing includes Department Chairs, Directors of International Education and administrators. The committee has worked to develop strategies to design, develop and deliver the program. This strategy includes marketing issues as well.

The conference presentation will include issues raised and resolved at each level and stage of the program development.

History of the challenge:

The development of international partnership programs do not always progress smoothly from inception through to completion. There can and will be many stops and starts along the way. Of key importance to the completion of such a project is the bringing together of the key players that have a commitment to the principles of international partnerships and the willingness and ability to follow through with the process. If the process were easy, there would be many more examples of such programs in existence today. There is little question that international partnerships can offer advantages to all involved yet the reality is that crossing national borders uncovers restrictions that are not apparent when working within one’s own political borders. There are many political, as well as legal issues that must be addressed. The normal mode of operation in one country may well be prohibited in another. One of the first steps to overcoming the obstacles is to identify them. This is not as simple as it may seem. Often the educational structures in different countries are so different in structure that there can even be a lack of common vocabulary to explain them. It is often very difficult to ask the right questions let alone

Franklin, F., & Espin, E., & Viers, C., & Fryda, L. (1999, June), A Fully Articulated International Program In Manufacturing Engineering Technology Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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