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Effects Of Computer Technology Transfer On Engineering Education In Third World Countries

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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International Engineering Education II

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8.471.1 - 8.471.7



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Morteza Sadat-Hossieny

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Effects of computer technology transfer on engineering education in third world countries Morteza Sadat-Hossieny Northern Kentucky University

Considering engineering education, with the rapidly evolving technologies, the time gap has increased considerably for a technology to be transferred and adapted in third world countries. A successful transfer of technology requires certain preexisting capabilities in the recipient country to be able to adapt that technology. “Innovation now seems to appear at a rate that increases geometrically, without respect to geographical limits or political systems. These innovations tend to transform cultural systems. Thus technology can be conceived as both a creative and a destructive process.” (8)

This paper will focus on the implications that computer technology currently has on engineering education. Both positive and negative effects of this technology will be discussed along with the social changes that can result from this type of technology transfer. Introduction The economic health of nations is closely related to their capabilities in science and technology arenas. Scientific and technological activities on the international level are governed by a vast web of international and domestic laws (3), however, internet and computer technologies have opened new venues in the transfer of technology to Less Developed Countries (LDCs). The capability to transfer scientific or technological resources to these countries can indeed affect other issues that LDCs are facing today. The issues concerned here are engineering education which in turn affects a number of other capabilities such as manufacturing, commerce, military, and industrialization. Indirect effects of such changes could bring about unforeseen social and political changes in these LDCs.

Engineering education and benefits of e. learning Engineering schools universally have a common objective. The objective is to turn out graduates with strong backgrounds in basic engineering and science, who can continue to learn on their own after they graduate. (6)

Globally universities are innovating new methods to train students to solve problems, learn, and relearn throughout their life. In this context, expectations are high and one of the methods pursued to deliver engineering education is through the use of internet educational applications. “New technologies provide many ways to enhance and expand educational activities. A wide range of educational material is now available in a variety of formats, including audio, video, simulations and animations, and is easily accessible through the net. Web-accessible databases allow teachers to share and reuse pedagogical material, for instance ARIADNE Knowledge Pool (Forte et al. 1997), Réseau Universitaire des Centres d’Autoformation, RUCA, http://www.univ-, simulation libraries such as, remote laboratories such as, and virtual laboratories such as De/VCLab/ and tutorials such as Projects for

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Sadat-Hossieny, M. (2003, June), Effects Of Computer Technology Transfer On Engineering Education In Third World Countries Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12176

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