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An Agenda for Future Directions for Enhancing International Collaboration among Faculty, Students, Curricular, and Laboratory Development

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2012 ASEE International Forum


San Antonio, Texas

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June 9, 2012

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June 9, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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Main Plenary 3 - Opportunities for collaboration with engineering educators in India (ISTE)

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17.5.1 - 17.5.3



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R. Natarajan Indian Institute of Technology

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R Natarajan received his B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University Visvesvaraya College of Engineering (of the then Mysore University) in 1961. Subsequently he obtained the M.E. degree of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; and the M.A.Sc and Ph.D degrees from the University of Waterloo, Canada. He has worked as a National Research Council Fellow in Canada, and as a Humboldt Research Fellow in Germany.

He served as The Director of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras from 1995 to 2001, and as the Chairman of The All India Council for Technical Education, a statutory body of the Government of India, from 2001 to 2004.

He was the Vice – President of The Indian National Academy of Engineering during 2002-2006, and the Chairman of the Research Council of the Central Fuel Research Institute, Dhanbad during 1995-2005. He is currently the Chairman of the Board for IT Education Standards of Karnataka.

He is a Fellow of: Indian National Academy of Engineering, Indian Society for Technical Education, National Academy of Social Sciences, Institution of Engineers (India), Indian Institution of Plant Engineers, National Foundation of Indian Engineers, Indian Institution of Materials Management, and Madras Science Foundation.

He has been conferred Honorary Doctorate Degrees by: The University of South Australia, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (A.P.), Kanpur University(U.P.), Nagarjuna University (A.P.), Purvanchal University (U.P.) and NIT, Agartala.

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Mohan Khedkar Anna University of Technology Madurai

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Baldev Raj Indian Society for Nondestructive Testing (GEEP)

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R. Murugesan Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati (M.S.)

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ASEE INTERNATIONAL LEARNING FORUM San Antonio, June 9=10 , 2012 INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION IN CURRICULUM AND LABORATORY DEVELOPMENT Prof R Natarajan Former Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education Former Director, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India prof.rnatarajan@gmail.comAbstract:International collaboration in Higher and Engineering Education has beenreceiving increasing attention of national governments, international agencies andinstitutions of higher education during the past few decades, particularly since thegeneral acceptance of globalization worldwide. Among the goals of internationalcollaboration is the addition of an international dimension to the course contentsand teaching programs. The formalization of collaboration is essentially through anMoU which sets out the objectives, mechanisms, financial arrangements and IPRissues.India has a long history of international collaboration with several countriesworldwide, also with other Asian countries, such as China, Japan, Korea andMalaysia. Some of the successful collaborations are, for example, through themechanisms of: India-China Eminent Persons Group, Japan Society for Promotionof Science, Association of Commonwealth Universities Conferences and theAnnual Asian University Presidents Conferences. The Indian Society for TechnicalEducation participated in the India-China Dialogue during the GEDC Conferencein Beijing last year, where bilateral faculty and student exchanges were discussedas a means of benefiting from the collaboration. 1The recent initiatives in several countries in Asia to join the Washington Accordhave stimulated interest in Outcomes-Based Teaching-Learning (OBTL), whichinvolves the articulation of Program Objectives and Program Outcomes. Inaddition, Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Edgar Dale’sCone of Experience have been responsible for Curriculum and PedagogyInnovations. There are also significant changes in the objectives and design ofLaboratory Instruction and Practices.There is a number of pre-requisites for achieving success in bilateral internationalcollaboration: commitment at the top, faculty “champions” to undertake andimplement the identified tasks with enthusiasm, trust between the partners, mutualbenefit for both partners, and strategies for ensuring sustainability. 2

Natarajan, R., & Khedkar, M., & Raj, B., & Murugesan, R. (2012, June), An Agenda for Future Directions for Enhancing International Collaboration among Faculty, Students, Curricular, and Laboratory Development Paper presented at 2012 ASEE International Forum, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--17027

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