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Models for International Collaborative Undergraduate Engineering Programmes

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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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International Division Technical Session 1

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Kathleen Meehan Virginia Tech

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Kathleen Meehan earned her B.S. in electrical engineering from Manhattan College and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois under the supervision of Prof. Nick Holonyak, Jr. She worked as a member of technical staff at Lytel, Inc., following graduation. At Polaroid, she was appointed a Senior Research Group Leader, responsible for the design of laser diodes and arrays. After leaving Polaroid, she was employed at Biocontrol Technology. She moved into academia full-time in 1997 and worked at the University of Denver, West Virginia University, and Virginia Tech. She is currently the director of the University of Glasgow-University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Electronics and Electrical Engineering programme. While at Virginia Tech, she collaborated with Dr. Robert W. Hendricks, with assistance of a number of undergraduate students, to develop an instructional platform known as Lab-in-a-Box, which is used in a number of courses within the Virginia Tech B.S.E.E. program. She continues to be actively involved in the development of mobile hands-on pedagogy as well as research on other topics in STEM education, the synthesis and characterization of nanoscale optical materials, and fermentation processes.

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Gianmarco Radice University of Glasgow

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There has been an explosive growth in multinational collaborations in higher education recently, with a number of UK universities engaged in programmes around the world. The University of XXXX is actively contributing to this growth. It opened the doors at its first overseas campus in Singapore in August 2011, in collaboration with Singapore AAA (SAA). In September 2013, it launched a joint education programme in Chengdu, China with the University of ZZZ of China (UZZZC). Both campuses in Asia offer undergraduate engineering degree programmes; mechanical and aerospace in Singapore, electrical and electronics in China. Already, the total number of students enrolled in these programmes is almost equal to the undergraduate engineering population enrolled at the UoX campus in XXXX. Expansion of the undergraduate programmes in terms of the number degree programmes and the disciplines covered as well as the development of graduate research are under consideration at both the University of XXXX – Singapore (UXS) and UoX-UZZZC (University of XXXX-University of ZZZ of China). While there are similarities between the two overseas campuses, there are also significant differences in the relationships between UoX and its partner institutions, the governmental regulations that must be observed at each location, the needs of the constituents of each of the degree programmes – the students, staff, and employers, and the decisions that were made internally at UoX as it established each collaboration. These and other factors led to two different organizational structures, which have influenced the approaches taken at UXS and UoX-UZZZC to manage the academic programmes, students, staff and partnerships. The two models used to create and grow the UXS and UoX-UZZZC collaborations will be explained, highlighting how the various internal and external factors contributed to their similarities and differences. Shared best practices as well as best practices that are specific to one or the other collaborative model will be described. Challenges that remain as well as new challenges that arise as each collaboration continues to evolve will be discussed.

Meehan, K., & Radice, G. (2016, June), Models for International Collaborative Undergraduate Engineering Programmes Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25745

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