June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
22.72.1 - 22.72.11
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Study Abroad In 2009, the Department of Engineering Technology, Surveying, and Digital MediaDepartment at XXXX initiated a study abroad program in Rome, Italy. The desire was and is tocreate the first permanent study abroad center for the College of Business and Technology andthe university. The benefits to the university from this establishment are great. This program hasbrought in extra tuition dollars to the university and also recognition throughout the community.The lack of funding, a nonexistent culture of study abroad, and very little experience in teachingoverseas necessitated an entrepreneurial approach. This engineering technology-driven program has evolved to incorporate students frommany other departments throughout campus (i.e., art, history, international studies, etc.). Thishas provided all students an opportunity to experience an engineering technology program theymay not have had otherwise. The coursework focuses on the Roman architectural concepts,environmental sustainability, and construction methods, materials, and applications. The vision for this project is to have a permanent study center abroad or an XXXX atRome campus. In 2009, the first class had 13 participants. In 2010, we offered three classchoices for 17 students, and we will have approximately 25 students enrolled for 2011. Ourgrowth is evolving as a result of creative thinking, partnerships, and a multidisciplinaryapproach. It is our intention to have a full summer program with numerous class offerings thatwill allow most ETSU students in the College of Business and Technology to complete asummer study in Rome and complete an entire semester of their degree requirements. Many entrepreneurial approaches have been implemented into the program, and manycreative aspects still in the planning stages. Some of the issues include: A multidisciplinary curriculum that will benefit students and increase the influence of the College of Business and Technology throughout the entire university Partnerships with other departments and universities Access to a study abroad program that most students would not have the opportunity to experience The results of participation in the program Creative private funding solutions A mentorship program that allows students to benefit from community leaders and sponsors to the program Currently we are working on developing articulation agreements with other departmentson campus. With this agreement, our courses can be listed in the departments’ curriculums. ,Our program will become even more attractive to students once these courses are listed incurriculums. In short, this program and the research presented will deal with an entrepreneurial andmultidisciplinary way to create and grow an engineering technology based study abroadprogram. Most universities face the same challenges with curriculum, funding, recruitment,partnerships, along with many other issues. How does one initiate a study abroad program thatwill attract students to enroll, attain funding, provide a curriculum that will meet variousdisciplines, and grow with success? We have documented our successes and plans for futuregrowth for this engineering technology-driven study abroad program.
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