San Antonio, Texas
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Study Abroad Program Impacting Engineering Formation: Cultural Immersion (CIB) Prof. Dr. Melany M. Ciampi President of Safety, Health and Environment Research Organization – SHERO and Vice President of International Society for Engineering Education – IGIPThe contemporary paradigm of education preaches among otherrequirements the international experience as one of the most importantskills in the formation of the new engineer. The environmentalconsciousness, the willing to work in teams, and etc, it is a long list but themost important aspect of engineering formation is the strong knowledge ofbasic sciences and basic sciences of engineering because these are the toolsthat will enable the future engineer to perform successfully and more overit will give them the self confidence necessary to win. However this is oneaspect in the formation of engineers. Others are being examined anddiscussed and many actions have been taking place in many institutions inorder to form the engineer for the new work environment.Among many projects in education field COPEC develops also what iscalled CIB – Cultural Immersion in Brazil: It is a project that brings toBrazil students from abroad in a program of 15 days (can be more or less)when they have academic, technical, social and cultural activities. It is veryintensive period when the students visit 5 of the 9 cities of Atlantic ForestRegion at the sea shore of Sao Paulo state, as well as visit to differentindustries and universities.The program is designed in order to provide engineering students theopportunity to reflect about engineering social responsibility and ethicaldilemmas when developing projects. This awareness is becoming more andmore necessary due to the environmental/ethical/economical crises thathumanity is facing and that impacts not only the society but also theeducation in every level.The study abroad experience described in this paper has showed as one ofthe most effective ways to promote the retention rate in engineeringprograms. Among the outcomes are the dynamic addition to undergraduatecareer; the opportunity for long-lasting friendships; the enhancement oftechnical skills and knowledge; understanding the different cultures andhistories and an addition to life enrichment.The main goal of the program is to provide the future engineers with toolsand extra experiences to develop a career as engineers in a more adequateto the present challenging and mutant work market.
Ciampi, M. M., & Brito, C. D. R. (2012, June), Study Abroad Program Impacting Engineering Formation: Cultural Immersion (CIB) Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21956
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