ERIC Number: ED359858
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Aug-31
Reference Count: N/A
A Pilot Program in International Engineering.
Grandin, John M.
During a 4-year period, the University of Rhode Island (Kingston) developed the International Engineering Program, a German-language focused model for undergraduate education in international engineering. The faculty in the College of Engineering and the German Section of the Department of Languages cooperated to develop the program. By expanding the undergraduate engineering experience to 5 years, students earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in German and a Bachelor of Science in one of the engineering disciplines. Students in the program took specialized technical German language courses as well as traditional courses in the German major, spent 6 months of the fourth year in a professional internship with an engineering firm in Germany, and took a capstone interdisciplinary engineering course offered in German by bilingual engineering faculty. Program organizers faced the challenges of recruiting and retaining students for the program, developing specialized German language courses with technical content, recruiting and training language faculty for teaching these language courses, and arranging internships abroad with engineering firms. The program brought prestige to the university and led to positive interaction with international firms in the region. The program graduated seven students in 1991. Appendixes contain two journal articles and notices describing the program. (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rhode Island Univ., Kingston.
Identifiers - Location: Germany