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Several Ways Of Preparing Export Engineering Students For International Practice

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008



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Preparing Engineers for the Global Workplace

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13.1077.1 - 13.1077.9



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Knud Holm Hansen Copenhagen University College of Engineering

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Several Ways of Preparing Export Engineering Students for International Practice


Export engineers work in many different kinds of Danish and foreign companies where they market projects and products with substantial contents of engineering knowledge – in a highly international environment. Besides giving an overview of the study program, including objectives and structure, this paper describes the different ways to prepare the students for international practice. Successes, problems and challenges will briefly be outlined as well.

Export Engineering

For more than two decades Copenhagen University College of Engineering (CUCE – in Danish: Ingeniørhøjskolen i København, IHK – has offered a four-and-a-half years export engineering study program leading to a bachelor of engineering degree. The program includes a six months work placement. It is a unique study program, combining engineering subjects, mathematics, science, business economics, international marketing, and foreign languages. Besides 12 years of primary and secondary education, students must meet requirements of high levels in English (first foreign language) and German, French, or Spanish (second foreign language) before enrollment. Export engineering is sometimes also named global business engineering. Bridgwood et al.1 give a detailed description of Danish engineering education, while Woolston and Dickey2 present the Danish educational system in general. Krogh3 explains the different aspects of internationalisation of CUCE.

Objectives of the study program

Quotation from the curriculum: “The purpose of the program for a degree in export engineering is to qualify students to carry out national and international business functions in which they will:

1. Convert and combine technical and commercial research and scientific, technical, and commercial knowledge into practical applications in development projects by resolving technical and/or commercial problems 2. Critically adopt new knowledge in relevant areas of engineering, commerce, and language/culture, and understand and include intercultural issues 3. Independently carry out export engineering assignments that arise from integrating technical disciplines with finance and international marketing 4. Plan, realise, and manage projects, technical and technological plants and be able to include social, financial, environmental, and health and safety consequences in the resolution of technical problems

Hansen, K. H. (2008, June), Several Ways Of Preparing Export Engineering Students For International Practice Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3726

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