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Agenda 2001: Making International Engineering Education Work For Bi National Economic Development

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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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4.59.1 - 4.59.11

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Ruben Rojas-Oviedo

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Session 2260

AGENDA 2001: Making International Engineering Education Work for Bi-National Economic Development

RUBEN ROJAS-OVIEDO Mechanical Engineering Dept. Alabama A&M University Huntsville, AL 35762


Present day communication and other technologies have enable us to build a variety of successful partnerships for international development. We have learned that institutions of higher learning both in the U.S. and Mexico do have more common issues and similarities in interests and goals than previously known. To make engineering education more global we must take advantage of new approaches and engineer ways to engage students and faculties in both countries in other than traditional forms of cooperation. And make government and industry part of these new models of cooperation.

There are organizations that are capable of energizing and promoting the development of new partnerships for international engineering education however some of these lack flexibility necessary for particular needs of individual institutions. Sponsors should recognize that the engineering education has particular needs and requirements and it is necessary to continue to shape and define new models for engineering schools.

As technology-driven world economies mature their own abilities to make engineering and technology work for the betterment of their health, environment, education and economy, the U.S. also benefits. Universities developing the next generation of international workforce can take center place to increase the potential of local markets.

Developing potentially new markets brings an influx of new capitals and sparks other innovative approaches to human resource development. Therefore it is possible to create opportunities in which students/faculty can learn processes as: systematic technology deployment, product realization, regional adaptation, environmental integration, business planning, patent and copyright protection and licensing among others that will shape a nation’s world-wide competitiveness. I. Introduction.

The present paper is aimed to promote, stimulate and broaden the dialog among engineering students, engineering faculty and university administrators to develop additional mechanisms through which U.S. universities can develop the next generation of international engineering workforce to increase the bi-national economic development in the American hemisphere.

Rojas-Oviedo, R. (1999, June), Agenda 2001: Making International Engineering Education Work For Bi National Economic Development Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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