June 18, 2006
June 18, 2006
June 21, 2006
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Preparing Engineers for the Global Workplace: Iowa State University
Iowa State University’s College of Engineering recognizes the importance of study and work abroad in an engineering student’s education. As such, it is the task of the Engineering International Programs & Services (EIPS) department at Iowa State University to promote and foster study and work abroad programs among students in the College of Engineering. In this paper, we discuss the methods utilized by EIPS in order to achieve the goal of doubling the current number of students studying and working abroad. Specifically, we highlight how strategic partnerships are created, how students and faculty are actively involved in recruiting and support programs and how EIPS is promoting study and work abroad through collaboration with other departments at Iowa State University.
To remain competitive in an increasingly global economy, Iowa State University’s College of Engineering urges students to consider studying and working abroad. The Engineering International Programs & Services department (EIPS)1 promotes international opportunities to a student body of 4,700 undergraduate and 900 graduate students – the 7th largest undergraduate enrollment in the U.S. As Figure 1 shows, in just five years, study abroad participation has tripled with over 160 engineering students studying and working abroad each year (students working abroad are not included in Figure 1).
ISU Engineering Students Studying Abroad
120 Number of Students
fall 100 spring summer 80 total
0 1999-2000 2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005 fall 14 15 17 21 11 32 spring 16 28 41 59 50 73 summer 26 53 69 74 87 47 total 56 96 127 154 148 152 Academic Year
Figure 1 – ISU Engineering Students Studying Abroad
Miner, S., & Riha, A., & Apple-Smith, J. (2006, June), Preparing Engineers For The Global Workplace: Iowa State University Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. 10.18260/1-2--1160
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