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Interdisciplinary, International and Industial Cooperation Efforts within the Mechanical Engineering Department
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
University of Rousse, Bulgaria.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
2014 (English)In: Proceeding of the 10th international CDIO Conference: Sharing Successful Engineering Education Experiences, CDIO , 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Cooperation is a multi-faceted concept in higher education. It could denote the cooperation between industry and academia, enabling students to train problem solving in a real life context. It could also describe the internationalization efforts found in teachers’ and students’ exchange programs. Moreover, cooperation exists between disciplines in order to enable a holistic perspective on course contents. This paper describes experiences of teaching some courses where all these aspects of cooperation are utilized for reaching the best possible conditions for teaching. The courses are within Machine Design, Product Development, Project Management, and Degree Project, and are all taught in English and contain projects in cooperation with industries. These courses are dealing with different approaches to the industrial projects to give the students an overall view and understanding of the real engineering work. The practical work is in form of student driven industrial projects, where students from the Mechanical Engineering Department at Linnaeus University collaborate with international students. The industrial related projects results in valuable real life experiences. The background of students from different countries and experiences of international teachers enriches the teaching process and students’ teamwork activities. Another result is the valuable culture exchange between the students and teachers which gives skills for future engineers to work in the European or global labor market. The implementation of the courses is described with focus on how cooperation between industry and academia, as well as between different competences at Linnaeus University and the University of Rousse, Bulgaria are utilized for creating optimal learning conditions.

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CDIO , 2014.
Keyword [en]
Interdisciplinary cooperation, international cooperation, industrial cooperation, project based education, heterogeneous student groups
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-35454ISBN: 978-84-697-2147-6ISBN: 84-697-2147-XOAI: diva2:727699
The 10th international CDIO Conference, 15-19 June 2014, Barcelona, Spain
Available from: 2014-06-23 Created: 2014-06-23 Last updated: 2015-04-08Bibliographically approved

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