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Revolutionize Ph.D. Training in Academia-industry Collaboration

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual Conference

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

End Date

July 19, 2022

Conference Session

Preparing Engineering Students for Their Professional Practice

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Educational Research and Methods

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14

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Shiuan-Huey Yen Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan

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I'm working as Project Specialist of Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan (IEET) and my BAU is about MOE Industry-Academia Cooperative Project. Graduated from National Taiwan University and received Master's degree in Linguistics.

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Jessica Fan Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan

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Ms. Jessica Fan is currently the Accounting Manager and Project Manager of Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan (IEET). Her primary responsibilities are to oversee accountant and Ministry of Education Academia-Cooperative PhD Project.

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Mandy Liu Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan

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Dr. Liu is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the Accreditation Council and Office Director of Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan (IEET), an accreditation agency for engineering education. Her primary responsibilities are to oversee day-to-day operation of the accreditation and international activities of the Institute. Prior to her current position, Dr. Liu worked as a research associate for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington DC, USA, where she conducted research in the area of organization and management studies of medical schools. Dr. Liu received her doctorate in higher education policy and management from Claremont Graduate University in the USA.

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Liang-Jenq Leu Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan

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Dr. Liang-Jenq Leu is Professor and former Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering at the National Taiwan University. He serves as President of Taiwan Construction Research Institute and Secretary General and Executive Director of the Accreditation Council of the Institute of Engineering Education Taiwan (IEET). He is the Subject Editor of the Journal of the Chinese Institute of Engineers (a SCI journal). He served as the President of the Chinese Institute of Civil and Hydraulic Engineering (CICHE) during 2014-2017 and the President of the Chinese Society of Structural Engineering during 2016-2017. Dr. Leu earned his Bachelor's and Master’s degrees from the Department of Civil Engineering of National Taiwan University in 1987 and 1989, respectively. He joined the faculty of National Taiwan University shortly after receiving his PhD from Cornell University in 1994. His area of research includes optimal design of structures, structural health monitoring, earthquake resistant design, and simulation of architectural physics for green buildings.

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Abstract

For the past decade, the PhD enrollment rate dropped sharply in Taiwan. According to statistics of the Ministry of Education (MOE), the number of PhD students has decreased by 17.6% from 34,178 to 28,167 in the past decade. Although Engineering has the highest number of PhD students among all disciplines, the declination is also observed from 11,955 to 7,849. Meanwhile, the dropout rate among PhD students is on the rise to make the case even worse. Most of the remaining PhD students have their eyes on entering professorship instead of the industry despite the limited position available. To reverse the above scenarios and to enhance the research capacity of the industry, hence the national economy, MOE has launched Industry-Academia Cooperative PhD (IAPhD) Project since 2014. IAPhD Project is to bridge academia and industry for a win-win situation, and better yet a three-wins including the PhD graduates by supporting PhD students with stipends throughout their university training. In return, the PhD students are engaged in developing their dissertation with a heavily industry-centered orientation and contributing to the technology advancement for the companies they work with. Outcomes of the students are expected to be different from their peers who are in the traditional scholarship track. The current study investigates the IAPhD Project’s implementation and outcomes by analyzing the student performance of the students who are supported by the IAPhD Project and the employment status of the 22 graduates. Such analyses shall shed light on the policy aspects of the Project and support MOE in gathering evidence of effectiveness on the public resources spent.

Yen, S., & Fan, J., & Liu, M., & Leu, L. (2021, July), Revolutionize Ph.D. Training in Academia-industry Collaboration Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37686

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