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Vision For Preparing The Engineering And Technology Students Concerning Entrepreneurship And International Accreditation For Tomorrow And Beyond Around The Globe.

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2004 Annual Conference


Salt Lake City, Utah

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June 20, 2004

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June 20, 2004

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June 23, 2004



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Assessment & Quality Accredition in Engineering Education

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9.1405.1 - 9.1405.7



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Rafiqul Islam

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Vision for Preparing the Engineering and Technology Students Concerning Entrepreneurship and International Accreditation for Tomorrow and Beyond Around the Globe Dr. Rafiqul Islam Dept. of Engineering Technology Northwestern State University Natchitoches, LA 71497 Tel: 318-357-5352 Fax: 318-357-6145 Email:


It has become essential for the engineering and technology students to be an effective leader in the context of a complex, fast changing, highly competitive global economy. In this interconnected economy it will be rewarding to develop a technically literate work force with international exposure in order to maintain the technological leadership of the United States. This paper contributes to the perception of the future engineers and technologists and the competence needed. We must do more to encourage our students to achieve international flavor in their studies as only a few percent of them go abroad as part of their education experience. At the same time the United States is attracting more and more of world’s smartest people. As a result twenty percent of our IT (Information Technology) workers are foreign born and fifty percent of them are on H1B visa. In recent years almost sixty percent of the continuously increasing H1B visas are filled up by the qualified engineers and technologists from Indian subcontinent countries. A comparison study of overall core curriculum of engineering and technology programs of those countries to that of the United States towards international accreditation is presented. The future engineers and technologists must be able to interact with foreign peers and customers to fulfill their obligation in global nature. The emerging facts from successful companies, organizations, and universities have established that the real source of power in a knowledge base economy is in combining technical expertise with entrepreneurship. This paper also discusses the current as well as the future need in engineering and technology to integrate high technology entrepreneurship into the curriculum as an essential component. Several means to achieve it are explored. The end result will prepare them to launch tomorrow’s successful businesses while earning their degrees. It will definitely have a positive impact on the overall health of the economy.


Economic globalization has put a tremendous pressure on our engineering and technology education program to explore several aspects of internationalization. This is vital to maintain

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Islam, R. (2004, June), Vision For Preparing The Engineering And Technology Students Concerning Entrepreneurship And International Accreditation For Tomorrow And Beyond Around The Globe. Paper presented at 2004 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--12816

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