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College Industry Partnerships
The increase in technological change and global competition has led to the natural pairing of colleges and businesses in the United States and around the world. A collaboration of business and education can target and emphasize specific labor markets, skills, and the student to help prepare a highly skilled workforce that increases economic opportunity and competitiveness. This system of learning creates a well-rounded education that fulfills the demand for skilled employees with a knowledgeable and motivated student body. The strongest of these partnerships develop when the local and regional economic and workforce needs are considered on the college level. By joining together, these partnerships can use their combined resources to identify and solve the complicated challenges facing society and business today. In this paper we present an industry-academia collaboration model to enhance student learning and experience.
In 2013 Baker Hughes teamed up with the School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and the Mewbourne School of Petroleum and Geological Engineering at the University of Oklahoma to start a partnership with its students and Baker Hughes known as the 21st Century Co-op. The BHI 21st Century Co-op is a five year accelerated Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degree program in mechanical engineering or petroleum engineering. In addition to the required courses for the disciplinary degree, the BHI 21st Century Co-op curriculum includes customized courses offered by faculty and BHI engineers during summer internships, a senior capstone course, graduate cross-disciplinary courses and graduate theses all relevant to Baker Hughes and its initiatives.
In this paper we present the salient features and lessons learned of this industry university partnership aimed at ensuring the scholars hit the road running when they take up positions in industry.
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