April 20, 2017
April 20, 2017
April 22, 2017
Diversity and Pacific Southwest Section
Title: Enhancement of the Learning Experience of Foreign Graduate Exchange students and Visiting Scholars
Many universities have developed specialized educational programs for the U.S. students studying abroad. Most of the practice of engineering study abroad programs concentrates on undergraduate students. However, the graduate level exchange students are always undervalued, especially for engineering students. The teaching strategy for undergraduate students is not proper for graduate level exchange students and visiting scholars because the education for graduate students requires both advanced courses and research. The students must learn the research methods, like literature review, computer-based simulation techniques, and analytical skills. This paper reviews two exchange programs developed specially for graduate level students at Arizona State University. The first program is semester-long and is exclusively designed for Pakistani graduate level visiting students. Total of 13 exchange students participated in the program in the last two semesters. The exchange students gained simulation and analytic skills, as well as digital relay operation experience through the well-organized program, consisting of tutorials, laboratory experiments, and the research work. Also, the semester-long exchange students submitted one IEEE conference paper and co-authored one IEEE conference paper. The second program is year-long and open for visiting scholars from all over the world. The visiting scholars in this program are more involved in the research work. An example study of a Chinese visiting scholar is described and evaluated in this paper. The visiting scholar was assigned to work with ASU graduate students on ongoing research projects. This cooperation was concluded with reports and joint paper submitted to the international conference. Properly organized program can help these students to enhance their learning experience abroad. On the other hand, exchange students should be aware of the research area of the foreign university. A similar background helps to enhance the efficiency of studying abroad.
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