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Internationalizing engineering education with phased study programs: India-European experience

Authors:

Krishnashree Achuthan , Maneesha. V Ramesh , Sasikumar Punnekkat, Raghu Raman

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper

Venue:

IEEE Frontiers in Education


Abstract

Most of the critical challenges seen in the past decades have impacted citizens in a global way. Given shrinking resources, educationists find preparing students for the global market place a formidable challenge. Hence exposing students to multi-lateral educational initiatives are critical to their growth, understanding and future contributions. This paper focuses on European Union's Erasmus Mundus programs, involving academic cooperation amongst international universities in engineering programs. A phased undergraduate engineering program with multiple specializations is analyzed within this context. Based on their performance at the end of first phase, selected students were provided opportunities using scholarship to pursue completion of their degree requirements at various European universities. This paper will elaborate the impact of differing pedagogical interventions, language and cultural differences amongst these countries on students in diverse engineering disciplines. The data presented is based on on the feedback analysis from Eramus Mundus students (N=121) that underwent the mobility programs. The findings have given important insights into the structure of the initiative and implications for academia and education policy makers for internationalizing engineering education. These included considering digital interventions such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and Virtual Laboratory (VL) initiatives for systemic reorganization of engineering education.

Bibtex

@inproceedings{Achuthan4626,
author = {Krishnashree Achuthan and Maneesha. V Ramesh and Sasikumar Punnekkat and Raghu Raman},
title = {Internationalizing engineering education with phased study programs: India-European experience},
month = {October},
year = {2014},
booktitle = {IEEE Frontiers in Education},
url = {http://www.es.mdh.se/publications/4626-}
}