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European Civil Engineering Management (Ecem) Example For An Integrated International Curriculum

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Advances in Civil Engineering Education

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9.577.1 - 9.577.9



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Carsten Ahrens

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“European Civil Engineering Management (ECEM)”

- Example for an Integrated International Curriculum -

Prof. Dr. Carsten Ahrens Prof. Dipl. Ing. Roland Piel Department of Civil Engineering and Geoinformation Fachhochschule Oldenburg/Ostfriesland/Wilhelmshaven (FH OOW) Oldenburg, Germany e-mail:


The curriculum „European Civil Engineering Management (ECEM)“ has been launched by the first author in 1992 with four senior partners of higher education, three of them from EU- member states and one from a MOE-country (MOE stands for the German wording of middle and east Europe). This year ECEM discharges into the international market the 8th generation of graduated managerially skilled civil - and construction - engineers (about 400 graduates in all eight years after the 1st graduation in 1996).

Now an international group of 12 European institutions of higher education from 12 different countries (including Russia) are running this integrated programme [1 - 12]. Even students from a Chinese partner university [13] are studying the „part abroad“ of the curriculum and vice versa some of our students study in China. The education profile normally includes the „Construction“ part, too.

ECEM is an eight semester (four years) full time study program and contains a compulsory „foreign part“ of three semesters. It is based on a three semester study time in civil (and construction) engineering at home in the very beginning. Then follows a study abroad period at a partner university. This takes place in the 4th, 5th and 6th semester and includes a practical placement semester. The education is finished by the final two semesters at home to complete the more national oriented management studies and to write the thesis.

Thus, students of ECEM are best prepared to meet the European and international demands in the field of management in civil and construction engineering. They do have excellent language abilities in at least two foreign languages and they also have a very deep insight in the culture, socio-economic conditions and in the working conditions in a foreign country and in a foreign company.

By this they gained the ability of being mobile - personally and related to their education and knowledge - to work also in other countries and, thus, worldwide.

“Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright @ 2004, American Society for Engineering“

Ahrens, C. (2004, June), European Civil Engineering Management (Ecem) Example For An Integrated International Curriculum Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--13889

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