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3i Engineer: An Approach Based on a Brazilian-French Collaboration

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The globalization era is setting new challenges in several areas such as: manufacturing processes, design offices procedures, educational organizations, amongst others. In this volatile world, the importance of engineers role is becoming more evident, since they are the drivers for delivering to the market all those demanded innovations. With the advances in technology, engineering education has been requested to change. Traditional approaches are not able to fulfil the expectancies of both, the students and the market. In this scenario, Engineering Schools around the world have been developing several initiatives (e.g. CDIO, Olin College, Insper Institute), making more investments in labs and equipment, devising new ways of lecturing, promoting more interactions. University of Compiègne (UTC)-France Federal University of Technology- Parana (UTFPR)-Brazil have a strong partnership since early 1990. Considering the above context, this work discusses the scope and preliminary results of a joint initiative from both universities, named 3i Engineer, which aims at structuring an engineering course, based on the tripod: innovation, industry and internationalization. A preparation work was conducted at both universities. A Seminar, held at UTC-Compiègne, on February 03rd-05th, 2016, involving 15 faculty members started the process of defining a feasible framework for the aimed approach. Cultural issues emerged as a major subject to be addressed. Two initial proposals were drawn. Additionally, the next stages were also discussed and planned. At the end of the first phase, it is expected to establish guidelines to design and direct the 3i Engineer initiative.

Author(s):

Carlos Cziulik    
UTFPR
Brazil

Décio Estevão Nascimento    
UTFPR
Brazil

Luís Maurício Resende    
UTFPR
Brazil

Maurício Alves Mendes    
UTFPR
Brazil

Maximillian Schaegger    
University of Technology Compiègne (UTC)
France

Olivier Schoefs    
University of Technology Compiègne (UTC)
France

 

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