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Facing The 21st Century Strengthening The Engineering Education

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.212.1 - 1.212.2



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Yuan Dening

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Yan Guizhi

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Chen Zhi

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I .— -. ...... Session 3560

..- Facing the 21st Century —Strengthening the Engineering Education—

Chen Zhi, Yan Guizhi, Yuan Dening Tsinghua University, Beijing

Looking into the 21st century, the whole human society and scientific technology will be developing rapidly. The entire educational system must adapt to the development of the national economy. The modern education should be combined with the modern manufacture on the basis of the modern scientific technology and now this combination seems to be the trend of the development of the engineering education. In order to foster the students' adaptability to the demands of the 21st century, we should: I ) Improve the teaching approaches, training programs and schooling system. Higher engineering edu- cation should be able to meet the needs of promoting the development of industrial technologies. Therefore, Chinese universities need to convert the “limited specialized training” into “broadened and comprehensive specialty teaching system”. Courses such as Economies, Management, Modern Biology, Laws and humani- ties and Social Sciences will be added into the teaching program and take more class hours. By combining the theory with engineering training, the science with humanities studies, we intend to help the students to ob- tain the ability of social intercourse and the skill of leadership, thus to make the students become more con- scious of social and economical problems which are related to the engineering. In accordance with this guidance, we emphasize that the students have the creativity and the ability of self-teaching and life-long study, which together with the essential knowledge of the ideology and approaches of the engineering de- sign, composing the merits of an engineer who is catering to the needs of the future. We believe that after fulfiling this training, the students will become more adaptable and capable. ~ ) Promote the cooperation with enterprises ~ set up practice bases and centers of engineering education both inside and outside the university, and foster the students’ ability to solve practical engineering prob- lems. We believe that every key science and technology university should establish engineering research and educational training center with the cooperation of enterprises to solve the technical problems in production. In China, some key schools have their own “Silicon Valley” , the scientific and technology zones, to under- take comprehensive research, fundamental research and technological development. For instance, Tsinghua University has built cooperation relations with many important companies and enterprise groups of the would ~ such as IBM ? Whirlpool! Motorola ~ Hitachi ! EMCO and Siemens, etc. The forms of the coopera- tion are many and varied. A) Tsinghua University establishes educational and training centers in joint with some world-wide en- terprises and corporations. In order to cultivate high-level technical staff and senior management personnel who master the knowl- ---- ?$iii’ 1996 ASEE Annual Conference Proceedings } ‘“.+,~!!y .

Dening, Y., & Guizhi, Y., & Zhi, C. (1996, June), Facing The 21st Century Strengthening The Engineering Education Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--6052

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