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Broadening Engineering Education Through International Programs

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Collaborative & New Efforts in Engineering Education

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9.268.1 - 9.268.5



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Keshav Varde

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Session 1535

Broadening Engineering Education through International Programs Keshav S. Varde College of Engineering & Computer Science University of Michigan-Dearborn Dearborn, Michigan


In recent years there has been a rapid move to globalize engineering profession through outsourcing product development, manufacturing and service. Nowhere has this been more obvious than in automotive and computer/software industry. Realizing the need to provide some aspects of global education to engineering and computer science majors, the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn set up international programs with two institutions in Europe. The program is based on a reciprocal exchange of students and is geared towards technical education and learning. Since its inception a few years ago the program has been quite successful with outcome that has excelled in students’ understanding of global issues.


International programs, also known as Study Abroad programs, have been around for quite a few decades 1,2. Most of these programs attracted students from non-technical disciplines. However, in situations where such programs catered to students from technical areas most of the educational experience abroad has in on-technical disciplines. The globalization of engineering profession has provided impetus to engineering schools in the U.S. to incorporate at least some component of international flavor in their undergraduate programs.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-D) has been considering inclusion of international programs in technical arena for quite a while. The institution has had “Study Abroad” programs in non-technical fields but only a few engineering students have been participating in them. The establishment of an international program in engineering or computer science required a careful study of course contents and credit transfer. The College, located in a close proximity of major automotive corporations, has seen the impact of globalization of automotive industry in design and manufacturing and its impact on local employment of graduates.

Proceedings of the 2004 American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2004, American Society for Engineering Education

Varde, K. (2004, June), Broadening Engineering Education Through International Programs Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13063

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