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Global Engineering In An Interconnected World: An Upper Division General Education Cluster At Old Dominion University

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.523.1 - 6.523.10



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Joseph Betit

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William Swart

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Sushil Chaturvedi

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Gary Crossman

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Session 1501

Global Engineering in an Interconnected World: An Upper Division General Education Cluster at Old Dominion University

Sushil Chaturvedi, Gary Crossman, William Swart, Joseph Betit College of Engineering and Technology Old Dominion University Norfolk, Virginia 23529


The “Global Engineering in an Interconnected World” cluster of courses fosters among students an awareness and understanding of global technology, quality assurance standards, and differences in cultural, communication, and business practices and their impact on a global work environment. This cluster will prepare the growing numbers of students who will accept employment with global firms or find themselves part of a merger or strategic alliance involving multinational corporations. This newly approved cluster of five courses described in the paper has been approved by the University for satisfying University upper-division general education requirements. As a consequence, students choosing this route to meet their general education requirements do not have to take additional courses to obtain a global perspective in their chosen field of study.


Old Dominion University is a comprehensive, state-supported institution located in Norfolk, Virginia, home to one of the world’s largest naval bases and the western world headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The excellent port facilities also attract many international vessels, making the area a major center for world trade, and there are also located in this region a large number of international manufacturing facilities. The University therefore has natural strengths in activities with international scope.

In recognition of these strengths, the University’s strategic plan for 2000-2005 1 includes as one of its ten initiatives a call for Old Dominion University to be recognized as the premier international university of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Amplifying that initiative, the plan goes on to say that “Old Dominion University recognizes its mission to serve as ‘the state’s gateway to the rest of the world and the world’s gateway to Virginia.’ In an effort to consolidate and expand the University’s emerging reputation as a globally focused institution, the University will continue to build and refine its internationally oriented curriculum across all of its colleges. The institution will continue to provide opportunities and support for all faculty to develop the international dimension of the curriculum; to diversify the student body, fully integrating international students into the academic and social life of the university community; to provide a

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Betit, J., & Swart, W., & Chaturvedi, S., & Crossman, G. (2001, June), Global Engineering In An Interconnected World: An Upper Division General Education Cluster At Old Dominion University Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9308

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