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Engineering Twinning Program: Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM), MEXICO and Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT), JAPAN

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2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Minneapolis, MN

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August 23, 2022

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June 26, 2022

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June 29, 2022

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International Division Technical Session 4 - Global South Engineering

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Demofilo Maldonado

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This paper describes the requirements, procedures, benefits and results to date in the development of a dual degree program for engineering students from the Universidad of Monterrey (UDEM) and Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT), certainly the program most successful in Mexico because of its results and peculiarities that had to be resolved. It is also an example of collaboration with regional industry as it is heavily Japanese invested. In the 15 years that the program has lasted, more than 100 students have graduated from Mechanical Engineering and Information Systems careers, more than 20 professors have visited UDEM to qualify and enrich the program. This basically consists of a training of 10 hours a week in UDEM of the Japanese language (2 hours a day) taught by two Japanese teachers based in Mexico. This training lasts 5 semesters. At the end of the 5 semesters, students prepare for an entrance exam 100% in the Japanese language that evaluates their engineering knowledge and their mastery of the technical Japanese language, spoken and written with Kanji. Those who manage to pass will spend 4 semesters in Nagaoka to complete their university degree. At the end of it and with a degree in hand, the UDEM revalidates those two years and grants them the same University degree in Mexico. That is, they have two languages, two degrees in two countries, 4.5 years of international experience and knowledge of a different culture. During the pandemic, we came to think of canceling the program, but in the face of adversity, new ideas emerged and with the use of technology and goodwill from both countries we have managed to keep the program at a distance despite the 13-hour difference in time. Said by the students, the quality was maintained. We have been with this program for 15 years that transforms lives and helps to improve society by having global professionals.

Maldonado, D. (2022, August), Engineering Twinning Program: Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM), MEXICO and Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT), JAPAN Paper presented at 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Minneapolis, MN. 10.18260/1-2--40429

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