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TA VIE: Global Competence Eurostyle
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Learning. (Global Competence)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6223-3385
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.
2019 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This work-in-progress paper presents a newly launched EU-project, TA VIE: Tools for Enhancing and Assessing the Value of International Experience for Engineers. The project is a three-year collaboration between technical faculty at universities in Spain, France, Italy, Hungary and Sweden, with associate partners representing industry, consultants, educational organizations and student bodies. As a rationale for the project lies a recognition of two facts: the ever-increasing need for global competence among engineering graduates and professionals, and the still overwhelming reliance on structural indicators to gauge internationalization, as opposed to means to objectively and reliably measure qualitative outcomes of internationalization and learning activities for global competence. The project has four specific objectives: 1. To identify the global competence (knowledge, skills and attitudes) needed by engineers. 2. To develop a robust toolkit with which institutions of higher education, companies and organizations can assess individual global competence, and so also measure the effect and effectiveness of training and international mobility. 3. Develop innovative and effective teaching and training strategies for students in higher education, focusing on curriculum design and making better use of the many already existing opportunities for embedded mobility and collaboration. 4. Develop strategies and ways of valorizing the competence of engineers with global competence, to promote employability. The project’s rationale and specific objectives may seem straightforward and in line with international educational trends of the last decades, however, while primarily aimed at introducing the project, the paper also wishes to problematize it. The project is situated within a very specific EU context. Questions are raised about what understanding of the rationale and objectives the project partners, coming from countries with significant political and socioeconomic differences, bring to the project. If global competency for engineers is indeed the ability to “work effectively with people who define problems differently”, the project would seem to have, as its very first challenge, to find ways of making the collaboration and its objectives meaningful both at the local, national and EU levels.

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The American Society for Engineering Education, 2019.
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Pedagogy Other Social Sciences Communication Studies
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Technology and Learning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-260375DOI: www.asee.org/public/conferences/140/papers/25789/viewOAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-260375DiVA, id: diva2:1355442
Conference
ASEE 1226th Annual Conference & Exposition 2019
Projects
TA VIE (Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership, IP 2018-1-ES01-KA203-050477)Available from: 2019-09-28 Created: 2019-09-28 Last updated: 2019-09-28

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