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2. ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, 5.3 EDUCATIONAL SCIENCES
This paper reflects on key learning’s from the first six-years (2004-2010) of the development of a collaborative journey of two trans-Atlantic higher-educational institutions. It describes the progress towards building a sustainable and innovative international educational partnership in Engineering/Technological education between the Technological University Dublin,DublinIrelandandPurdue University,Indiana,USA.
In particular, the paper provides insight into the iterative stages of development of this relationship. It reflects on some of the key challenges and it recognises the critical enablers of success. It focuses on challenges and solutions in the following six important areas
(i) The partnership initiation stage. Key considerations and important enablers of future success
(ii) Building early “quick win” momentum in a partnership
(iii) Full-semester undergraduate exchange. Key educational and logistical challenges and solutions
(iv) Creating post-graduate opportunities.
(v) Quality assurance and standards considerations in international collaboration
(vi) Project sustainability and continuous improvement
McHale, D., McGrath, M., Lawlor, J.: Building a Successful Transatlantic Collaboration in Engineering/Technological Education; Lessons from a Six Year Journey. International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED) Proceedings, Valencia, March 2010.
European Commission EU Atlantis Programme & US Department of Education