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Implementing International Engineering Programs

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1997 Annual Conference


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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June 15, 1997

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June 15, 1997

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June 18, 1997



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2.226.1 - 2.226.13



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Ravi Jain

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Session 2260

Implementing International Engineering Programs Ravi Jain University of Cincinnati

Many engineering colleges are augmenting traditional rigorous technical training with education related to: foreign languages, study of other cultures and internship or living experiences abroad. These programs are often referred to as International Engineering Programs. A research study conducted indicates that at least 23 universities in the U.S. and Canada have significant international engineering programs (Saikali and Jain, 1996). The study provides a synopsis of the key features of each program surveyed and comparisons among the programs (See Table 1). To focus on the objectives and goals of establishing an international engineering program, it is important to understand the need in a global context.

Clearly, the United States of America is entering a “new world order” without its customary leadership in technology, industry, and economy. The changing international role of this country demands that leaders of educational institutions ensure that their graduates have adequate knowledge of global issues (Smickler and Sommers, 1989).

In a modern global economy, international trade is essential for continued economic growth of a nation. Figure 1 illustrates the tremendous growth (in dollars) of the international market for U.S. goods; U.S. exports more than doubled between 1987 to 1994. This is indeed an era of international interdependence and increased competition. Thus, new leaders must understand these issues and possess global perspectives. Regarding the engineering profession, these concerns dictate an increased need for individuals not only with strong technical backgrounds, but also with the ability to function and flourish in multi-cultural, competitive, global environments.

United States National Exports to the World Billion $ 600 512.6 583.9 500 421.7 448.2 465.1 400 322.4 393.6 300 363.8 227.2 200 254.1


0 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 Year Data: United States Department of Commerce (Bureau of the Census and Bureau of Economic Analysis), 1996 Source: Council of Economic Advisors, 1996

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Jain, R. (1997, June), Implementing International Engineering Programs Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 10.18260/1-2--6606

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