June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
ASEE Global Programs
22.1507.1 - 22.1507.15
U.S.−Brazil Engineering Exchange Program: Lessons LearnedKey Words: global competence, global citizen, global-ready graduate, intercultural competence,cross-cultural communication, international education.Abstract:Nowadays, engineering graduates are required to work in an increasingly globalized world, where mostlarge engineering projects currently require multi-national teams of multi-disciplinary professionals towork together and, therefore, a better understanding of the global economy, communication skills,cultural awareness, and interpersonal skills are critical to engineers. In this context, universities aroundthe world are increasingly moving to establish international partnerships in their educational and researchprograms.One of the main purposes of international programs is to provide students value-added technical andcultural experiences. Study abroad programs are recognized as high-impact educational experiences.However, engineering students typically do not have the same variety of offerings of internationalprogram as students of other disciplines have, such as humanities or social science students. In this paper,the authors provide an overview of the critical aspects of developing a consortium among two universitiesin the U.S. and two Brazilian universities with the goal of establishing a self-sustainable student exchangeprogram in undergraduate engineering education. The activities in this project include the establishmentof an agreement between the institutions, the implementation of a course transfer process, and thedevelopment of a procedure for foreign language training and cultural preparation. In addition, we alsodiscuss the key lessons learned over the first three years of the program.Our program is under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement ofPostsecondary Education (FIPSE) on the U.S. side, and under the auspices of the Coordenação deAperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior (CAPES) of the Brazilian Ministry of Education, on theBrazilian side.
Oliveira, A. M., & Lima, I. T. (2011, June), The United States-Brazil Engineering Exchange Program: Lessons Learned Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18964
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