Tour-XXI: modernisation of education in sphere of tourism and academic policy - international experience
TOUR-XXI location:Astrakhan date:1-2 November 2011
Engineering becomes more and more global. Traditional engineering skills are not enough anymore and even the best equipped laboratories cannot follow-up all technological evolutions. A lot of engineering work is changing to the realization of projects where specialist from different disciplines and origin will realize the project in the best possible way. Therefore working in such groups of specialists is another attitude that needs to be trained by the new generation of engineers and new knowledge need to be obtained ‘just-in-time’ (‘kanbrain’).
Besides the multicultural challenges (language, traditions, way of working, administration, ….) a project needs to be managed on all levels and the students need to adapt in short time to a new environment, new ‘rules’, other equipment and another kind of ‘examination’ (no formal ‘exams’ but co-responsibility for the real realization).
Since these projects are ‘short living’ this program can be organized in reality and they can fit in one semester.
This way the students get knowledge from their local university, from another (international) university and in addition from the companies they are cooperating with.
This report gives a few examples of this kind of practical projects that are realized with (Russian and Polish) students and KHKempen (Geel Belgium) in cooperation with one of their spin-off companies Porta Capena NV.