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Knowledge through internship: an example of cooperation between a Chinese manufacturer and KTH, Royal Institute of Technology
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.).
2010 (English)In: ICERI2010 Proceedings, Valencia: IATED-Int Assoc Technology Education A& Development , 2010, 4589-4592 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Since 2005, students from the Department of Machine Design at KTH Technical University in Stockholm have annually been offered internship with a Chinese manufacturing company, located in Shenzhen in Guangdong Province, one of the fastest growing and most important industrial regions in China. h engineering students with the opportunity to get close to Chinese industrial conditions, to get to know Chinese culture first hand and to give the students the opportunity to work with Chinese engineers and designers. On the other hand, it has given the Chinese manufacturer an insight into how Swedish engineering students work and achieve new design proposals. Among students who have previously undergone the internship, several have ended up in positions in Swedish or multinational companies where they cooperate with Chinese companies or European ones in China. The internship has been organized by KTH in cooperation with the Chinese company Ocean Power. The draft schedule was developed at KTH and approved by the Chinese company after a few adjustments.. The schedule now constitutes an agreement and a contract that ensures that the students' work supports the pedagogical and educational goals of the education at KTH. Students prepare for their visit by implementing either a visualization project associated with the products manufactured by the company, or a technical project based on a problem assigned earlier in the semester. During the internship, an account of each group's work is sent back to Stockholm in the form of a weekly diary. Each group will also present a final report of the completed project. Since its start in 2005, a total of nine groups of students have been given the opportunity to undertake internships and practice their experiences within Chinese industry. The Chinese company has from the very beginning shown great openness and understanding of the academic rules that have to dictate the collaboration with the University.

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Valencia: IATED-Int Assoc Technology Education A& Development , 2010. 4589-4592 p.
, ICERI Proceedings, ISSN 2340-1095
Keyword [en]
Innovation, technology, internship, manufacturing
National Category
Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-138484ISI: 000318797404060ISBN: 978-84-614-2439-9OAI: diva2:681393
3rd International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI), Madrid, SPAIN, NOV 15-17, 2010

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