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New Trends in internationalisation of HE: Joint degrees – How to meet the requirements from HEIs, companies and society around the globe ?

The Joint Master in Sustainable Automotive Engineering (JMSAE) is a new, two-year master programme, responding to the current requirements of the European Automotive Industry. The JMSAE offers students the opportunity to develop (hard) engineering skills and know-how, and furthermore has a strong emphasis on soft skills such as entrepreneurship, team work and multi-culturalism. In the highly internationalized automotive industry, graduates with these kinds of skills and competences are very sought after. The JMSAE provides a holistic view of automotive engineering, focusing not only on the vehicle itself, but also on the future physical and social environment in which the vehicle will need to perform.


At the moment the JMSAE combines the expertise of four European Universities (Universiteit Antwerpen - BE, Universidad de la Iglesia de Deusto – ES, Université de Bordeaux – FR and Loughborough University – UK and has the support of a large number of Associated Partners from industry and the public sector.
This new JMSAE has been designed to contribute to the five objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy (employment – innovation – education – social inclusion and climate/energy), and one of our very challenging goals is to not only satisfy the needs of European society and the European automotive industry but to go beyond Europe's borders to the global automotive community. This research focuses on the Associated Partners outside Europe and their specific interests in this partnership as well as the benefit for the Consortium of having partners from the different continents involved. Associated Partner specific data for this survey will be collected in Focus Group Discussions with the lead partners from Asia and Africa. Economic development data published by the Worldbank and the national growth trends will allow the researchers to pinpoint the global impact of the specific contribution of the JMSAE-Programme within the frame of the Europe 2020 Strategy.
In conclusion this research will discuss the JMSAE-Programme as an attempt to respond to the Europe 2020 Strategy requirements by opening an European Masters' Programme towards an 'intercontinental HE' programme and integrating the Triple Helix concept not just in the curriculum development process but also in the delivery of the programme.

Author(s):

Sofie Krol    
University of Antwerp
Belgium

Gregory Van Barel    
University of Antwerp
Belgium

Margareth Gfrerer    
Education Strategy Center (ESC)
Ethiopia

David Perry    
Universitat Politecnica de Valencia
Spain

 

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