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Improving Engineers' Ability by Strengthening University-Industry Collaboration: A Plan for Education and Training Outstanding Engineers (PETOE) in China

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Engineering and Public Policy Division Technical Session 1

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Engineering and Public Policy

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Huiming Fan East China University of Science and Technology

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I am a lecturer from Institute of Higher Education, East China University of Science and Technology. I got Ph.D. degree from Zhejiang University in 2014. I was also a visiting scholar at the area of University-Industry Collaboration at North Carolina State University from 2012.12-2013.7. My research focuses on engineering education, university-industry collaboration, entrepreneurial university, etc.

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Huaizhong Shao Zhejiang University

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In order to provide more high-quality, skilled engineering workers for the construction projects of an innovative country, the Chinese government proposed “A Plan for Education and Training Outstanding Engineers (PETOE)” in 2010. One of the unique characteristics of PETOE is stressing the role of enterprise in the cultivation of new engineers. After five years of development, the plan has taken some imaginative steps, such as setting up lead agencies to guide university-industry cooperative cultivation, adjusting degree plans, cultivating programs and curriculum to enhance students’ internships, building practice platforms, providing high-quality internship opportunities for students, and strengthening the qualifications of teaching staff to improve teachers’ ability to guide engineering practice. These practices have achieved some success. However, some issues still exist in the plan, such as a lack of business initiatives in personnel training, insufficient guidance initiatives for teachers, barriers to the consistent expansion of PETOE pilots, and a lack of inter-institution cooperation between different degrees across universities. At the end of this article, some suggestions are put forward to be considered at the university, enterprise, and government levels.

Fan, H., & Shao, H. (2016, June), Improving Engineers' Ability by Strengthening University-Industry Collaboration: A Plan for Education and Training Outstanding Engineers (PETOE) in China Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25616

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