Drivers and Barriers to Industry Engaging in Engineering Education

Sally Male, R King, D Hargreaves

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    The CDIO Standards provide an excellent framework for the engagement of industry
    stakeholders in the development and operation of professional engineering degrees. This
    framework is echoed in the program accreditation requirements operated by Engineers
    Australia and other accreditation bodies. Implementing effective industry engagement is,
    however, increasingly challenging to both academics (faculty) and industry members, despite
    much mutual goodwill between the two sectors. This paper provides the findings of a recent
    study on the drivers and barriers to engagement by industry to engineering education. The
    theoretical framework for the study was that all aspects of engineering education should be
    comprehensively engaged with practice, thus endorsing the principles of CDIO. Data
    presented from a student survey reinforces the value of good industry engagement in the
    curriculum. The principal findings from the consultation with industry highlight barriers in terms
    of poor communication, different priorities and lack of resources; but also identify strong
    drivers for engagement in terms of industry and company visibility for recruiting and brand
    promotion, internal staff development, relationship development, and social (corporate and
    professional) responsibility. Consistent with the goodwill between engineering schools and
    industry, there is a general desire on the part of industry to see the barriers to engagement
    lowered. The broader project, of which this study is a part, provided a number of
    recommendations for engineering schools, individually and collectively to contribute to
    improved industry engagement practices.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International CDIO Conference
    EditorsJerker Björkqvist, Kristina Edström, Ronald J Hugo, Juha Kontio, Janne Roslöf, Sellens Sellens, Seppo Virtanen
    Place of PublicationFinland
    PublisherTurku University of Applied Sciences
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Electronic)978-952-216-610-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    EventThe 12th International CDIO Conference - Turku, Finland, Turku, Finland
    Duration: 12 Jun 201616 Jun 2016


    ConferenceThe 12th International CDIO Conference


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