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Demola, the upcoming win-win relationship between university and industry
Kristianstad University, School of Health and Society, Avdelningen för Design och datavetenskap.
Lund University.
2014 (English)In: Proceedings of the 10th International CDIO Conference, Barcelona, Spain, June 15-19 2014, 2014Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

One of the main fundamental reasons behind university education, is to provide well-educated work power for industry, as well as society in large. Both parts, here university and industry, should gain by having well developed and common strategies to bridge the inherent gap between those two, though, for instance, industry close project based courses. Still, experiences show that even though benefits from this should be clear, priorities on support for this seem to be quite low, by different reasons, from both parts. To overcome that there is a need for a completely new approach, where introducing a node between universities and industry, with well-prepared full sets of concepts and ways or working with projects, would illuminate on possibilities and roles of collaborating participants. Here Demola may have the position of such a node. Demola, originating from Tampere, Finland, is a collaboration platform with focus on industry supported innovative product developments. Here industry partners contribute with low risk with product ideas, where multidisciplinary student teams meet those ideas in projects, with their own innovative proposals and prototyping. Demola has proved itself to be a success, influencing several regions in different countries in Europe to adopt this concepts. The innovative educational framework CDIO, acknowledges student practice in developing real-world systems and products. Demola’s contribution to this is the close relationship with industrial partners, where ‘real-world systems and products’ is especially emphasized. Still, responsibilities of university partners are to provide courses within their educational systems, and where students should meet certain sets of learning outcomes. Therefore, to avoid conflicting situations, it is essential to investigate the contribution of Demola in the context of university programs and syllabuses. We will here provide experiences on that. Demola, as such, will be presented, experiences from involved stakeholders will be shown, and correspondences with CDIO syllabus and standards, will be emphasized.

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university - industry cooperation, project based work, work based learning, computer science, multidisciplinary projects, standards: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-14521OAI: diva2:849905
10th International CDIO Conference, Barcelona, June 15-19 2014
Available from: 2015-08-31 Created: 2015-08-31 Last updated: 2015-08-31Bibliographically approved

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