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A multicultural, multidisciplinary short course to introduce recently graduated engineers to the global nature of professional practice

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Since 2001, the International Institute of Women in Engineering (IIWE) at EPF, Ecole d'ingenieurs generaliste, Sceaux, France, has conducted a 3 week short course for culturally and discipline diverse, recently graduated and final year engineering students. The aim of this course is to introduce young engineers to broad global concepts and issues relating to their future professional practice, through intercultural learning. The initial course programme provided examples of engineering practices in various countries throughout the world. However, to achieve an intercultural, multidisciplinary learning outcome, a specific course theme and a project focussing on sustainable engineering and the inclusion of a variety of industrial visits were introduced in 2006. This paper will discuss the success of the strategies used to engage international students in the IIWE course activities, and after consideration of the results of participant surveys, the curriculum initiatives that followed.

Keywords: multicultural; multidisciplinary; professional practice

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Faculty of Engineering, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia 2: International Institute of Women in Engineering, EPF-Ecole d'ingenieurs generaliste, Sceaux, France

Publication date: June 1, 2009

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