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Innovations In Delivering Up To Date Education/Training By Higher Education Institutions

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.358.1 - 5.358.5

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Morteza Sadat-Hossieny

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Section 2563 Innovations in delivering up-to-date education/training by higher education institutions

Morteza Sadat-Hossieny Northern Kentucky University


The cost of upgrading and maintaining modern equipment and facilities is staggering. Some colleges and universities have come up with innovative and cost-effective ways to provide the opportunity for their students to work with the latest instruments and machineries available on the market. This article presents two examples of the innovative methods being used today. It will also identify other options that could be implemented in future. Adopting these measures creates a win-win situation for both the institutions of higher education and to the same extent benefits the other organizations involved in these cooperative endeavors.

I. Introduction

With the rapid pace of technological changes and the need for qualified personnel graduating from colleges and universities it has become very challenging for the institutions of higher education to stay up-to-date in multiple venues. Often students graduating from these institutions need to be retrained at the company level to become compatible and qualified with the work force working in industry. One of the reasons for this technological gap is the financial capability of these institutions to purchase and equip their facilities with state of the art technologies available on the market. Other reason is the lack of trained faculty and staff who can deliver these new technologies to others in a reasonable amount of time in the form of teaching and training.

To remedy the problems mentioned above institutions have started to look at options such as fostering university-industry cooperation in technology training through structured networking, university-personnel exchange, and joint training projects 2. Also, the federal Manufacturing Extension Partnership with university-based technology transfer initiatives has been fostered to assist small and medium-sized enterprises in modernizing production 1.

This article looks at two examples. First, fostering university-industry cooperation in technology training. Along this continuum the partnership arrangement between Mazak cooperation and Northern Kentucky University is explained. Second, the federal Manufacturing Extension Partnership program with Marshall University is explained.

II. University-industry cooperation in technology training

During the past few years, the Department of Technology at Northern Kentucky University (NKU) has provided collaborative and partnership arrangement with businesses and industries in the northen Kentucky and greater Cincinnati area. Northern Kentucky University in an attempt

Sadat-Hossieny, M. (2000, June), Innovations In Delivering Up To Date Education/Training By Higher Education Institutions Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri.

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