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Understanding Change and Development of Engineering Education in China

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

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June 18, 2014



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International Division Technical Session 6

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24.1288.1 - 24.1288.13



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Zupeng Zhou Guilin University of Electronic Technology

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Zupeng Zhou got his Ph.D degree at Xidian University in 2012 and he is currently a Post-doc at Washington State University. He is an associate professor at Guilin University of Electronic Technology, Guilin China. His research interests are control and fault diagnosis of complex nonlinear system and life cycle assessment of products.

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Charles Pezeshki Washington State University

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Dr. Charles Pezeshki is a professor in mechanical engineering at Washington State University, and runs the Industrial Design Clinic, where students work on real-world industry problems with specified deliverables for their capstone projects. He is also interested in global engineering and the evolution of engineering education.

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Understanding Change and Development of Engineering Education in ChinaAbstract: In the fast development of China, the demand for engineers isincreasing rapidly in recent years. In this paper, the Chineseeducation system for training engineers has been studied in fourperspectives. First, the definition of qualified engineers in the Chineseeducation system is given. Second, how the Chinese educationsystem for engineers is supposed to operate to train the qualifiedengineers is illustrated as well. Third, the current practicaloperation situations of the Chinese education system for engineersare presented and the currently realized weaknesses or issues in thesystem are analyzed. Especially, the Education Department ofChina has already recognized the lack of practical engineeringtraining for the students both for the undergraduate and graduatelevels. Finally, the possible solutions for the known weaknessesduring the practical operation of the Chinese education system forengineers are pointed out. For instance, a nation-wide projectcalled Excellent Engineering Training Program (EETP) is beingcarrying out in many universities in China which have theengineering disciplines. According to EETP, 10 percent of theundergraduate students in these universities who major inengineering field will have the opportunity to join the EETP. In conclusion, by the analysis of the Chinese education systemfor engineers we can make the definition, the method of cultivation,the current problems, and the solutions to the current problems ofdeveloping qualified engineers in the Chinese education systemmore clear and it is going to be benefit to the future cultivation ofqualified engineers both in China and other countries.Key Words: Understanding; Change; Development; EngineeringEducation; China 1

Zhou, Z., & Pezeshki, C. (2014, June), Understanding Change and Development of Engineering Education in China Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--23221

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