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Designing Better Education In The Age Of Globalization By Building Partnerships, Connecting People, And Promoting Innovation

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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International Engineering Education I

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10.423.1 - 10.423.7



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Zhifeng Kou

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Sudhir Mehta

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Session 1460

Designing Better Education in the Age of Globalization by Building Partnerships, Connecting People, and Promoting Innovation

Sudhir Mehta, Zhifeng Kou

North Dakota State University


Several scholars, educators, and policy makers have noted that globalization is not just a passing phenomenon, but rather, the definitive world system. Universities and colleges in the 21st century will need to adopt an educational paradigm where interdependence and interconnectedness among the world's people become the norm. As Dwight D. Eisenhower said, "If people get together, so eventually will nations." Hence, it is necessary to increase international collaboration and activities that promote greater interactions among students, faculty, and industries from different nations.

This paper provides details of a new project that has been started at North Dakota State University (NDSU) to promote international collaboration and activities. In the future, NDSU plans to expand the number of disciplines and also open off-campuses in India, Dubai, and other countries. Industrial partnerships are an important part of this project. An industrial advisory board has been set-up for the NDSU-India project, and senior officials from 3M, General Motors (GM), John Deere, and Microsoft have already agreed to serve on the board. Such partnerships can prove beneficial to everyone involved and to the global society as a whole.

Inspiration, innovation, empowerment, inquiry, and life-long learning should be an integral part of a curriculum design. Such pedagogies are absolutely essential in the global economy, because they prepare students who can start contributing quickly at their work places, as well as in society. One such program that has been initiated at NDSU is described below.

Need for Bringing Global Perspectives in Higher Education

The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) formed a task force of 20 scholars, educators, and policy makers, which included university presidents, chancellors, and provosts, to study an internationalization aspect of higher education.1 Its report has just been released and it notes:

Global leadership in higher education by American colleges and universities—a hallmark during the past century—is increasingly at risk, ironically by the very forces our institutions helped to create. Advances in technology and telecommunications and a remaking of the global economy have created a world

Proceedings of the 2005 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright ©2005, American Society of Engineering Education

Kou, Z., & Mehta, S. (2005, June), Designing Better Education In The Age Of Globalization By Building Partnerships, Connecting People, And Promoting Innovation Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--14918

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