June 12, 2005
June 12, 2005
June 15, 2005
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Collaborating With Chinese Universities on Engineering and Technology Education: Potentials and Issues From a Curriculum Perspective
James Zhang† , Lingbo Zhang‡ , Duane Dunlap† , Ken Burbank† , Xingsheng Gu‡ †Department of Engineering and Technology Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC 28723 USA ‡College of Information Science and Engineering East China University of Science & Technology 130 Mei Long Road, Shanghai, P. R. China 200237
The globalization of our economy has stimulated international collaborations on collegiate ed- ucation. As a predominant manufacturing base and an emerging mass market, China has become an important base for engineering and technology (E&T) in the past decade. It is apparent that collaboration with Chinese universities on E&T education will help further our understandings of the needs and the developing trends for engineering and technology professionals.
This article explores the potentials and issues of collaborating with Chinese universities for E&T education from a curriculum perspective. By analyzing the TAC of ABET accredited ECET curriculum at Western Carolina University and that from a representative Chinese university, East China University of Science and Technology, the authors found that there are great potentials to collaborate with Chinese universities in E&T education. Though issues exist during the process of establishing such collaborations, they can be resolved through a thorough understanding of Chinese engineering curricula and careful planning.
The globalization of our economy has stimulated international collaborations on collegiate education. Previous research and successful practices demonstrated that these collaborations have provided valuable experience for our faculty and students to better understand the needs and the developing trends for engineering professionals from a global perspective1,2 . As a predominant manufacturing base and a vast market itself, China has attracted a majority of engineering and manufacturing ﬁrms from America in the past decade. It is apparent that collaboration with Chinese universities on E&T education will help further our understandings of the different requirements for engineering professionals from these two very different parts of the world.
Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright c 2005, American Society for Engineering Education
Dunlap, D., & Burbank, K., & Zhang, J. (2005, June), Collaborating With Chinese Universities On Engineering And Technology Education: Potentials And Issues From A Curriculum Perspective Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14696
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