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Development Trends of Engineering Education in Taiwan

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2012 ASEE International Forum


San Antonio, Texas

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June 9, 2012

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June 9, 2012

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June 10, 2012

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International Forum Poster Session & Welcome Reception: Sponsored by Quanser and Cypress Semiconductors

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17.20.1 - 17.20.2



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Min Jou National Taiwan Normal University

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Professor Jou received his Ph.D. in 1994 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He joined the faculty in 1995 as Associate Professor in National United University. He was appointed as the Chairman for Mechanical Engineering Department from 1997-2000. In 2006, International Association of Science and Technology for Development (IASTED, Canada) appointed Dr.Jou to serve as Technical Committee on the Web, Internet, and Multimedia. In 2001, he returned to Taipei city and joined the faculty in National Taiwan Normal University. Dr. Jou was promoted to Professor in 2006. In 2009, he was appointed by National Science Council (Taiwan) to serve as committee member of research project principal reviewer in Discipline of Applied Science Education.
Professor Jou has authored 1 technical book in design, and over 50 research papers in diverse areas of education, e-learning technology, information technology, and automation. In addition to, he served as reviewer of numerous SSCI and SCI indexed journals for many years. Dr.Jou is an editorial board member of the International Journal of Electronic Democracy (Inderscience Publishers), International Journal on New Trends in Education and Their Implications, and The Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology (SSCI).
Dr. Jou teaches multidisciplinary courses in industrial education, application of ICT technology in education, media and technology, virtual reality technology, computer aided engineering, and mechatronics; for which he has received numerous departmental, school, institute, and national awards. Current research interests include engineering education, u-learning, e-learning, m-learning and mechatronics.

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THE CURRENT STATUS OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION IN TAIWAN  Taiwan is a country which relies heavily on its manufacturing industries; therefore, itneeds an enormous pool of skilled labor. This is the main reason behind Taiwan‘sdevelopment of an extensive technological education system. In the past, more peopleenrolled in vocational education than academic education. However, the number ofpeople enrolling in vocational education has been in obvious decline due to theupgrade and transformation of industry in recent years. This change has caused thenumber of students arriving at university from academic high schools and vocationalschools to become equal. These students advance to higher education levels indifferent ways. Universities in Taiwan are divided into two systems: comprehensiveuniversities and technological universities. In the past, due to recruiting regulations,comprehensive universities could only recruit students from academic high schools,and technological universities could only recruit students from vocational highschools. Fortunately, recruiting regulations in Taiwan have since been relaxed. Thus,students from vocational schools are able to attend comprehensive universities, andstudents from academic schools are able to attend technological universities. However,the majority of students in comprehensive universities are from academic highschools, and the majority of students in technological universities are from vocationalhigh schools. In comprehensive universities, 18 % of students (about 87,000 students)choose engineering as their major (2009), and in technological universities, 26 % ofstudents (about 80,000) choose engineering as their major. The number of studentsfrom these two different scholastic backgrounds is almost equal. Therefore, it isnecessary to analyze differences in learning efficacy between college students withacademic backgrounds and those with vocational backgrounds.

Jou, M. (2012, June), Development Trends of Engineering Education in Taiwan Paper presented at 2012 ASEE International Forum, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--17067

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