June 16, 2002
June 16, 2002
June 19, 2002
7.450.1 - 7.450.9
EAC Accreditation of an Integrated Bi-directional International Engineering Exchange Program
Owe Petersen, John Gassert / Stefan Bartels, Holger Dahms, Jens Thiedke Milwaukee School of Engineering, USA / Fachhochschule Lübeck, Germany
The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) has partnered with the Fachhochschule Lübeck (FHL), University of Applied Sciences, Lübeck, Germany to establish a unique bi-directional international student exchange program that is totally integrated into the curricula of each institution. Students from both MSOE and the FHL have a common junior year taught at the FHL and both groups of students complete their senior year at MSOE. All participating students are awarded degrees in Electrical Engineering from both MSOE and the FHL.
The MSOE Electrical Engineering program is in the process of completing the cycle of an EAC accreditation visit. Based on the results, which included a thorough evaluation with a major focus on the exchange program, it is possible to suggest that EC2000 does allow for significant innovation without a negative impact on accreditation, if the accreditation requirements are clearly understood and the process is executed in a diligent manner.
The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and the Fachhochschule Lübeck (FHL), University of Applied Sciences, Lübeck, Germany jointly developed and implemented a international student exchange program in the discipline of Electrical Engineering (EE). The uniqueness of the program lies in that it is fully integrated into the EE curriculum of both institutions and constitutes a specific degree path at both institutions. If participating students take the associated degree requirements as prescribed, then participation does not delay graduation.
The program was developed in response to the desire to increase student awareness and familiarity of the globalization that is becoming common in the industrialized world. It is highly probable that current engineering graduates will not just directly interact with their counterparts in foreign lands, but that a division of a foreign company will employ our graduates. Hence, knowledge of other cultures and the ability to live and interact in other cultures will increasingly be viewed as an essential skill required for success.
Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education
Bartels, S., & Dahms, H., & Gassert, J., & Thiedke, J., & Petersen, O. (2002, June), Eac Accreditation Of An Integrated Bi Directional International Engineering Exchange Program Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--11173
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