June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
19.39.1 - 19.39.11
University-Industry Partnership for Global Education: Implementing and Integrating an Engineering International Internship into the Engineering CurriculumEngineering organizations, Fortunes 500 companies and the Carnegie Foundation, to name a few,have stated that engineers of the 21st century will spend considerable portions of their careers inenvironments rich with global connections. Therefore, engineering colleges must developstrategies that provide global perspectives and international experiences to help their graduatesexcel in their future work environment. Despite this need, higher education institutions havefaced challenges to provide international experiences to their students: The 2013 Open Doorsreport from the Institute for International Education shows that nationally only 3.9% ofengineering students studied abroad during their undergraduate career (IIENetwork). In addition,despite the growing awareness of the benefits of study abroad by students, the challengespreventing students from studying abroad are numerous and complex - The primary challengesfor many U.S. students can be grouped into to three overarching categories: cost, curriculum andculture.Our paper contributes to the body of knowledge in two ways:(1) Describing how a university-industry partnership can support the creation of a new studyabroad program and how it can be implemented and integrated into the engineering curriculumof a large college of engineering and therefore providing ways for engineering studentsinternational experiences(2) Detailing how this industry-university partnership addresses the primary challenges of cost,curriculum and culture for students to study abroad.This paper is presented in form of a case study detailing the recruitment efforts, studentapplication and selection process, and the implementation of the internship. This paper alsodescribes how the new program was integrated into the curriculum, the challenges faced in thatprocess and how the effort of the university addressed the primary challenges of students.Strategies included demonstrating the value industry places on global competencies, preparationof students before the internship and mentorship during.Educators must prepare today’s students to succeed in the global economy. This paper providesdetails on one program which addresses student perceived challenges and exemplifies asuccessful industry-university collaboration to foster the development of global competencies.
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