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TA VIE: Global Competence Eurostyle

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

International Division Technical Session 3

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International

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Diversity

Page Count

18

DOI

10.18260/1-2--33337

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https://peer.asee.org/33337

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Bjorn Kjellgren KTH Royal Institute of Technology Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-6223-3385

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B.S.Sc. Sociology, Ph.D. Sinology, between 2003-2009 researcher in Social Anthropology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Stockholm University, Kjellgren is Director of studies at KTH Dept. of Learning in Engineering Sciences, Director for two bridging programs for architects and engineers with foreign qualifications, and in charge of KTH’s Certificate of Global Competence. He has been working with intercultural studies since the late 1980s, and has extensive experience working with strategic implementation of internationalization at the university level, especially in respect to embedded mobility and integrative program design. He has previously also worked as educational developer at KTH Dept. of Engineering education, and led a range of projects related to internationalization and language learning.

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Isabel Ortiz Marcos Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

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Isabel Ortiz Marcos is a mechanical engineer and holds Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. She is Associate Professor of Engineering Projects at this University. She has a Master in Total Quality Management (1995 SGS-UPM). She has been certificated as Project Manager Professional (PMP) by PMI since 2006. She is a member of the Project Management and Quality Research Group, and member of the Organisation, Quality and Environment Cooperation Group at the same University. Her current research fields of interest are competencies and professional skills applied to Project Management in multicultural contexts and for international development projects and quality management. Currently she has a management position as Associate Vice Rector for Academic and International planning at UPM.

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Luis Ballesteros-Sánchez Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

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Luis Ballesteros-Sanchez is an industrial engineer and PhD from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, and holds a Master’s degree in the psychology of human behavior. He is Assistant Professor of Engineering Projects at this university. Luis is executive coach and a member of the Project Management and Quality Research Group. The research fields of interest to him are the development of project management personal competencies, such as leadership and
communication, that applied to project success.

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Rocío Rodríguez-Rivero Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

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Rocío Rodríguez-Rivero is an electrical engineer formed at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, experienced in international engineering projects. She is Assistant Professor of Engineering Projects at this university and a member of the Project Management and Quality Research Group. The research fields of interest to her are Risk Management in multicultural contexts.

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Abstract

This work-in-progress paper presents a newly launched EU-project, TA VIE: Tools for Enhancing and Assessing the Value of International Experience for Engineers. The project is a three-year collaboration between technical faculty at universities in Spain, France, Italy, Hungary and Sweden, with associate partners representing industry, consultants, educational organizations and student bodies. As a rationale for the project lies a recognition of two facts: the ever-increasing need for global competence among engineering graduates and professionals, and the still overwhelming reliance on structural indicators to gauge internationalization, as opposed to means to objectively and reliably measure qualitative outcomes of internationalization and learning activities for global competence. The project has four specific objectives: 1. To identify the global competence (knowledge, skills and attitudes) needed by engineers. 2. To develop a robust toolkit with which institutions of higher education, companies and organizations can assess individual global competence, and so also measure the effect and effectiveness of training and international mobility. 3. Develop innovative and effective teaching and training strategies for students in higher education, focusing on curriculum design and making better use of the many already existing opportunities for embedded mobility and collaboration. 4. Develop strategies and ways of valorizing the competence of engineers with global competence, to promote employability. The project’s rationale and specific objectives may seem straightforward and in line with international educational trends of the last decades, however, while primarily aimed at introducing the project, the paper also wishes to problematize it. The project is situated within a very specific EU context. Questions are raised about what understanding of the rationale and objectives the project partners, coming from countries with significant political and socioeconomic differences, bring to the project. If global competency for engineers is indeed the ability to “work effectively with people who define problems differently”, the project would seem to have, as its very first challenge, to find ways of making the collaboration and its objectives meaningful both at the local, national and EU levels.

Kjellgren, B., & Ortiz Marcos, I., & Ballesteros-Sánchez, L., & Rodríguez-Rivero, R. (2019, June), TA VIE: Global Competence Eurostyle Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33337

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