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Benchmarking International Industrial Engineering Programs

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition


Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006



Conference Session

Evaluation and Assessment of IE Programs

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Industrial Engineering

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11.267.1 - 11.267.11



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Jane Fraser Colorado State University-Pueblo

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JANE M. FRASER was on the faculty at Purdue and Ohio State University before moving to Colorado State University-Pueblo where she is chair of the Department of Engineering.

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Alejandro Teran ITAM (Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico)

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ALEJANDRO TERAN is Director of the Program in Industrial Engineering at ITAM, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

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Benchmarking International IE Programs Introduction

Fraser6 compared the 101 ABET accredited industrial engineering programs by location, size, and other descriptors, as well as by the inclusion of different courses in the curricula. Except for two programs in Puerto Rico, all these programs are in the United States.

In this paper, we extend that comparison to include industrial engineering programs in other countries in order to find ideas that US programs (and programs in other countries that use the US model) should consider for adoption from IE programs outside the US. We found differences in total number of credit hours and in number of years required for the IE degree, in the amount of general education included in the degree, and in the strength of ties to industry. We noted trends toward standardization of degrees in certain countries and regions and toward international links among programs. We make two recommendations related to partners: IE programs should seek partnerships with mechanical engineering and with business programs, and IE programs should seek partners with universities in other countries.

Methods for finding IE programs in other countries

We compiled a list of programs to be examined by drawing from the following sources.

Washington Accord Programs. The Washington Accord, signed in 1989, is an agreement among engineering accrediting bodies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States. The agreement “recognizes the substantial equivalency of programs accredited by those bodies, and recommends that graduates of accredited programs in any of the signatory countries be recognized by the other countries as having met the academic requirements for entry to the practice of engineering.” See •Institution of Engineers Australia, •Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, •The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, •Engineers Ireland, •Japan Accrediting Board for Engineering Education, •Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand •Engineering Council of South Africa, •Engineering Council United Kingdom (ECUK),

The following are not members of the Washington Accord, but were useful websites: •ASIIN (Germany), •CACEI (Mexico), Consejo de Acreditacion de la Ensenanza de la Ingenieria,

Fraser, J., & Teran, A. (2006, June), Benchmarking International Industrial Engineering Programs Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--170

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