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“European Civil Engineering Management (ECEM)” - Development and Management of an International Education Program -
Introduction The curriculum “European Civil Engineering Management (ECEM)“ has been launched by the author in 1992 with four senior partners of higher education, three of them from EU-member states and one from Poland. At that time Poland was still living behind the iron curtain. This year ECEM discharges the 12th generation of graduated managerially skilled civil - and construction - engineers into the international market. About 550 students graduated since the first graduation in 1996. Now an international group of 12 European institutions of higher education from 12 different countries (including Russia) are running this integrated program1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12. Even students from a Chinese partner university13 are studying the “part abroad“ of the curriculum and, vice versa, some of our students study in China. The education profile abroad normally includes the managerial and only partly construction topics. Thus, students of ECEM are prepared to meet the European and international demands in the field of management in civil and construction engineering. They 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 are mobile - personally and related to their education and knowledge – and able to work also in other countries and, thus, worldwide.
Time Schedule of the ECEM-program Due to the changes of the Bologna Process the new curriculum needs seven semesters or 3 ½ years of study (see Table 1). The study program consists of three semesters of more or less basic studies in civil and construction engineering at the home university - and of at least two foreign languages. The following four semesters are forming the main study period to consolidate the engineering knowledge, which is taught always in connection with managerial and additional skills. In the 5th and 6th semester the students are studying at one - and only one - of the partner institutions. This period consists of two theoretical semesters, which normally contains some weeks of practical placements in a foreign company. In the last semester (7th semester) the students are back home to finish with a practical placement in the building industry (8 weeks) and writing their bachelor thesis (another 8 weeks).
Semester 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
Contents Theory Theory Theory Theory Theory Theory Practical Project +
Studies Stage I Stage I Advanced In-depth- In-depth-studies Bachelor-Thesis studies studies Studies studies
Location FH-OOW FH-OOW FH-OOW FH-OOW FH-students at partner university FH-OOW or Partner University Foreign students at FH-OOW
Table 1: Time schedule of ECEM-program at FH OOW beginning in winter semester
Ahrens, C. (2008, June), European Civil Engineering Management (Ecem) Implementation And Management Of An International Education Program Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3927
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