HIGHER EDUCATION: Local universities adopt Engineering education model
FRAMEWORK: New skill sets are required to face fresh Engineering challenges in the knowledge economy. Universities and other Engineering training institutions need to adjust their curricula and academic programmes accordingly.
The Conceiving, Designing, Implementing and Operating (CDIO) Framework, which was initiated in the early 2000 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States and three Swedish universities, has been proposed and implemented in many higher education institutions around the globe.
The framework is an Engineering education model adopted by leading schools in the US, Europe, Canada, United Kingdom, Africa, Asia and New Zealand.
The initiative offers an education stressing Engineering fundamentals, set in the context of the CDIO process, which engineers use to create systems and products.
An essential feature of the CDIO approach is that it creates dual-impact learning experiences that promote deep understanding of both the technical fundamentals as well as skills sets necessary for the 21st Century engineer.
To identify the competencies necessary for the Engineering graduate of the future, input was obtained from industry, professional accreditation bodies, practising engineers and academics.
Singapore Polytechnic, the CDIO Regional Centre for Asia, is sharing its expertise with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM).
The two-year project will see the polytechnic train select academic staff from both the universities through a series of workshops.
In UTM, six engineering faculties will implement the CDIO framework in at least one of their undergraduate degree programmes.
UiTM will implement the framework in its engineering diploma programmes.