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Transatlantic Dual Bachelor's Degree Programs Between Two European And An American University

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Collaborative & New Efforts in Engineering Education

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12.1501.1 - 12.1501.12



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Manfred Hampe Technische Universitaet Darmstadt

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Lars Hagman KTH

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Jan Helge Bøhn Virginia Tech

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Transatlantic Dual Bachelor’s Degree Programs in Mechanical Engineering between two European and an American University


The ATLANTIS project joins the European Union and the United States of America in an unpreceded endeavor to foster international education on the undergraduate level. Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD), Germany, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, and Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University (VT), Blacksburg, VA, will jointly establish Dual Bachelor of Science Programs in Mechanical Engineering between 2007 and 2010. The objective of the project is to produce highly competent graduates in the field of Mechanical Engineer- ing (BSME) that are uniquely prepared to successfully engage and excel in the new global engineering economy. Another objective is to demonstrate that graduation is possible without delaying graduation to the extent that it delays the start of a consecutive master’s program. Thus, the study program will be 4 years for students from Virginia Tech and 3 years and a few months for students from TUD and KTH. The language of instruction will be German for students staying at TUD, English for students staying at Virginia Tech, and Swedish or English for students staying at KTH. The program consists of two transatlantic dual BSME degree programs: VT-TUD and VT-KTH. The third combination TUD-KTH is basically an intra-European exchange and not considered here. The general model for these two dual degree programs is that (1) the students complete their introductory courses at their home universities; (2) they spend a summer at the third university that they will not receive a degree from; and (3) they spend their final year (senior) at the second university that they are receiving a degree from.

1 Introduction

The engineering profession is becoming increasingly globalized as it moves from domestic operations to global outsourcing (subcontracts), to global offshoring (overseas divisions), and, more recently, to global teaming. It is therefore important that engineering students are exposed

Hampe, M., & Hagman, L., & Bøhn, J. H. (2007, June), Transatlantic Dual Bachelor's Degree Programs Between Two European And An American University Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--2493

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