URI hosts International Engineering
Globalization pushes need for bilingual,
KINGSTON, R.I. -- September 21, 2000 -- Engineering educators from more
than 40 colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad will meet with
representatives from several global corporations at the University of Rhode
Island on October 13-14 for the third annual Colloquium on International
The colloquium is designed to address the educational responses to the
needs of today's global workplace.
"Companies are desperately seeking engineers who are bilingual
and who have cross-cultural communication skills to deal with peers around
the world," said John Grandin, professor of German and director of
URI's International Engineering Program. "As a result, it's important
that engineering educators internationalize their programs."
The first two international engineering education conferences, also
held at URI, explored the current state of international engineering and
the existing educational programs in place preparing students for this growing
field. This year's conference will focus on issues being faced by current
practitioners and "where do we go from here?"
The keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Hans Höller, vice
president of corporate recruiting and sourcing for Siemens AG in Munich,
Germany, who will provide an insiders point of view of the profile for engineering
education in the 21st century.
Other subjects to be discussed will include: study abroad opportunities,
internship programs, bilingual education, and preparing students to go overseas.
The results of a survey conducted by URI Professor Norbert Hedderich to
assess which institutions are involved in international engineering education
will also be released.
The meeting is sponsored by URI's International Engineering Program with
support from the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement
of Post Secondary Education.
URI is a leader in international engineering education, having established
its International Engineering Program in 1988. This program leads students
simultaneously to degrees in both engineering and German, French or Spanish.
In the fourth year of this five-year program students go abroad as interns
with engineering firms in Europe or Latin America and as exchange students
with partner universities.
For Information: John Grandin 874-4700, Todd McLeish 874-7892