Institutional Strategies of International Engineering Programs

October 14, 2011 By: Sigrid Berka

This paper looks at the strategies of higher education institutions in the U.S. which have successfully developed and implemented models of international engineering education. It contains mini case studies of seven leading engineering programs that have successfully "internationalized" their programs. The case studies are built around three questions:

  1. How is international engineering education "rooted" at each of those institutions, i.e. was it initiated as a top-down policy or a bottom-up approach or somewhere from the middle?
  2. Did the initial idea come from the Social Sciences, Foreign Languages, Engineering or through existing "work abroad" or "co-op programs?" How did the program gain acceptance on campus?
  3. How is International Engineering Education integrated into the curriculum? What is the university strategy that allows for good student participation? How is an international experience formally recognized by the university?

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