EU-Canada Programme For Co-operation in Higher Education, Training and Youth:
Transatlantic Exchange Partnerships - TEP
Application of the Project Based/Problem Based Learning (PBL) Methodologies to Integrated Curricula in Mechanical, Manufacturing and Mechatronics Engineering Programs.
Start date: October 1, 2008
End date: originally September 30, 2011, extended to March 31, 2012
Reference number:2008-1791/001-001 CPT CANHET
The Canadian and European TEP institutions will jointly develop, validate and incorporate the innovative engineering curriculum based on the Project/Problem Based Learning Methodologies and applicable to the integrated Mechanical, Manufacturing and Mechatronics Engineering Programs. The collaborative effort by the Consortium Program Managers, Faculty and Senior Students will be augmented by an exchange of 42 senior baccalaureate students and 12 Faculty between Canada and EU (21 students and 6 Faculty from Canada to EU, 21 students and 6 Faculty from EU to Canada).
- Develop a new integrated engineering curriculum for Mechanical, Manufacturing and Mechatronics Engineering programs, centred around the Project Based/Problem Based Learning (PBL) methodologies.
- Develop a set of engineering projects based on PBL methodologies and incorporate them into the TEP Consortium Partners´ existing engineering curricula in Mechanical, Manufacturing and Mechatronics Engineering Programs.
- Facilitate the transatlantic exchange of 42 senior engineering students (21 from Canada to EU, 21 from EU to Canada) in order to expose them to the PBL curriculum design and delivery within international setting.
- Facilitate the transatlantic exchange of 12 engineering Faculty (6 from Canada to EU, 6 from EUR to Canada) to develop, validate and incorporate the PBL elements into integrated engineering curricula.
- Facilitate the paid internship and co-op placements of Canadian students in EU firms and EU students in Canadian firms.
- Establish a web based communication and promotional mechanism to disseminate the project results to the six participating partners and beyond to the international engineering community.
List of EU and Canadian Consortium Institutions:
Technical University of Liberec, Czech Republic (EU lead institution)
Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
Technical University of Belfort-Montbéliard, France
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advance Learning, Ontario, Canada (Canadian lead institution)
University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Alberta, Canada