Enhancing students team work and communication skills in international settings

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Liste des auteurs: Costa Lobo C
Editeur: IEEE
Année de publication: 2011
ISBN: 978-145771672-0
eISBN: 978-1-4577-1672-0
Languages: Anglais-Royaume-Uni (EN-GB)


Our society is experiencing sudden changes in work organization in part
due to the growing ease with which people can collaborate. Many
successful cases of peer-to-peer models of organization arise and assume
leading positions in world economy replacing, in many cases, the
traditional hierarchical organization. People are evolving and
interacting within heterogeneous teams composed by members from many
different cultural groups and with distinct skills and backgrounds.
Modern economy requires engineers to excel in collaborative and
communication skills at an international setting. However, these
competences are not usually addressed in most engineering curricula. We
believe that in such a demanding and culturally diverse environment as
the labour market is today, it is essential to promote team work and
communication skills at an international and intercultural level. In the
Multinational Undergraduate Team Work course, MUTW, students develop
their capstone project as members of an international team while working
at their home institutions. MUTW projects are to be developed by teams
of final-year-undergraduate students from a multinational group of
higher education institutions working to solve some engineering problem.
Team members are geographically spread to assure heterogeneous teams
and to promote international cooperation. This paradigm can be applied
in any project/internship course unit. The results from the first
edition are very encouraging supporting our initial hypothesis that MUTW
significantly promotes students soft skills without requiring any
change to prior degree curricula.


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