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The Impact Of Globalization On Student Preparation In Germany And The United States

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



Conference Session

Educational Opportunities in Engr. Abroad

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7.1157.1 - 7.1157.13

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Hugh Rogers

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Ferdinand Walbaum

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Mr. Ferdinand Walbaum, Dr. Hugh K. Rogers

Human Resources Professional Education College of Engineering and Computer Siemens Power Generation, Science, University of Central Florida Muelheim, Germany Orlando, Florida


A Student Exchange Program began with four students from Germany visiting Siemens- Westinghouse and the University of Central Florida in Summer, 1999, as an initiative from Siemens training officials in Muelheim, Germany. In Summer 2000, a program with four German apprentices coming to the U.S. and four U.S. interns working and studying in Germany was very successful. The initial UCF students continued part-time work at Siemens during their senior year and were offered full-time employment upon graduation. Not only did the German students complete their work, but some of them returned for employment in the U.S.

Siemens, as a multinational enterprise, is preparing technologists and engineers to understand product design and manufacturing for integrated systems in international markets. Students will benefit from an understanding of the systems, standards, and cultures involved. The internship model being developed uses the best from the German and U.S. systems and merits further study and implementation.


The dual system of vocational training in Germany. The occupations for which training is provided within the dual system are determined in accordance with the requirements of the job market and in close cooperation between the Federation, the states, and both sides of industry. Depending on the occupation, training takes from two to three and a half years. The content is geared to the demands trainees will face later in professional life. Trainees are paid a training allowance. Considerable funds are spent by the state and the companies involved to finance the dual system.

Proceedings of the 2002American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2002, American Society for Engineering Education

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Rogers, H., & Walbaum, F. (2002, June), The Impact Of Globalization On Student Preparation In Germany And The United States Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

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