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International Linkage In Engineering Education

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

Publication Date

June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



Conference Session

International Engineering Education I

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8.767.1 - 8.767.7



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Walden Rio

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Session 2160



Central Philippine University Iloilo City Philippines


Sending members of the faculty of educational institutions of third world countries to first world countries for short training programs is vital to the upgrading of Engineering education. Participants in such programs are exposed to and so observe firsthand the varied modern technology in the advanced countries, thereby learning from such educational experiences. Faculty members from a country as the Philippines, can greatly benefit if sent to a first world country as the United States.

However, for all the advantages, the program has to deal with three major problems: first, the high cost of sending faculty members to the U.S., or other advanced country; second, knowing the particular subject area the faculty will need to learn more of and whether such subject area is available in the school to which he will go, and whether the knowledge ultimately gained can be used when he returns; and third, seeing to it that the faculty really studies that he actually learns while undergoing training abroad.

This paper addresses these problems and presents the methods by which they may be solved. The solution to the specific problem is simple and explained. It is envisioned that this paper will foster the interest of schools in third world countries and encourage them to send their faculty members to technologically advanced countries. Knowing how it is done, costs will be minimized and learning maximized when the faculty are sent abroad for international training.


Most Engineering schools today are staffed with faculty who teach only what they learned when they were students themselves. This is an age when technology advances at a very fast rate so what had been learned only a few years back soon lags behind. Teachers, specially, have to constantly study as to learn and keep abreast of current and relevant technologies. So, what must be done so that our teachers are updated and become more efficient and effective mentors in this fast-paced technological world?

One method of upgrading the knowledge and knowhow of faculty members is to have them attend seminars or conferences. If speakers are effective, the participants will learn a lot from such seminars and conferences. However, the time allotted for the speakers is usually short,

“Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition, Copyright 2003, American Society for Engineering Education”

Rio, W. (2003, June), International Linkage In Engineering Education Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12545

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