Welcome to our 4 new CDIO members

After the The CDIO Annual International Conference in Finland this summer, it is our pleasure to inform you that the International CDIO Council has accepted 4 new member of the CDIO Initiative:

  • National Institute of Technology - Kisarazu College in Japan,
  • Graduate School of Engineering CESI in France,
  • Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) in Finland
  • Orel State University in Russia.

1. National Institute of Technology, Kisarazu College, Japan

About the school
National Institute of Technology, Kisarazu College is one the colleges of the National Institute of Technology Systems (KOSEN System) of Japan. The college conducts five-year regular course and two-year advanced course in engineering. The students after completing their junior high school are enrolled for the regular course and awarded a degree of associate engineer at the end of the five-year regular programs. The students have option to continue their further study for advanced degree course. The graduates in the advanced course will be awarded a bachelor’s degree in engineering by the National Institution for Academic Degrees and University Evaluation after review of academic achievements and examination.

There are five departments (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Control Engineering, Information and Computer Engineering, and Department of Civil Engineering) in regular course, three advanced degree courses (Mechanical and Electrical Course, Control and Information Course, Civil and Environmental Course). Each Department and Course offers distinctive programs.

The total number of students is 1,000 in regular course, and 40 in advanced course. Thirteen of them are the foreign students from Malaysia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Vietnam and Ethiopia. There are 76 faculty members and 44 administrative and technical staff. More than 50 of the faculty members have doctoral degree. Additionally, there are visiting and part-time faculties for specialized subjects.

What goals do you hope to achieve by becoming a CDIO Member?
- In addition to advancement of our education under the framework of JABEE, we hope that our students and faculty members develop confidence to work as a team in global academic and industrial setting. It is also hoped that they effectively develop the social-science and management skills, from global as well as local perspective, in addition to basic science and engineering to conceive, design, implement and operate the engineering projects.

Contact information
School profile: Kanazawa Institute of Technology 
CDIO primary contact: Masaaki Shikada


2. Graduate School of Engineering CESI, France

About the school
CESI was founded in 1958 by five leading French industrial companies who were seeking a way to help their high potential foremen and technicians to evolve, acquire new skills and develop their careers. Today, CESI is a top-level higher education and vocational training institution specializing in education and training for managers, supervisors, engineers, technicians and skilled workers. The Graduate school of Engineering has two brands : EI CESI (Industry and services, Civil Engineering) and EXIA CESI (IT). Our Master degrees in engineering are accredited by CTI (French Accreditation Board in Engineering) and EUR- ACE®, and the Postmaster degrees by CGE.

EXIA CESI was created in 2003 by Cesi in order to meet the needs of the computer science field. Back then the prospective works were predicting a growth of the demand by 200,000 jobs within 10 years in the computer science field, which represented 600,000 jobs at the time. This would make it one of the 4 major job creation field - i.e. Employment and education prospective report from the Department of Education and Research.

This increase in the demand meant that the qualitative aspect will also have to evolve and transform radically in terms of the skills required from a computer engineer. Indeed one will not only need to be able to solve a technical issue but will also need to have the capacity to improve, to be more independent, to have rigorous working techniques, to use the quality standards and especially to be able to communicate and fulfill the users expectations.

What goals do you hope to achieve by becoming a CDIO Member?
In 2015-2016 we aim to carry on implementing and adapting the CDIO approach in all our courses and programmes (including postgraduate degrees and executive postmaster degrees).

Contact information
School profile: Graduate School of Engineering CESI
CDIO primary contact: Morgan Saveuse


3.  Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK), Finland

About the school
Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) is one of the largest universities of applied sciences (UAS) in Finland. According to the legislation on universities of applied sciences, the main task of a UAS is to provide higher education leading to professional expertise for working life. In addition, a university of applied sciences should support economic and cultural development in its region by conducting applied research and development, and by carrying out and promoting artistic pursuits.

TAMK's educational provision focuses particularly on wellbeing and health, business, and industrial production, with special emphasis on promoting learning and creativity.
Tampere University of Applied Sciences provides bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, vocational teacher education, specialization studies and other education. For Finnish-speaking students, we offer about 40 degree programs in six fields of study. The studies can be completed on a full-time basis, or on a flexible, part-time basis alongside work.

Degree Programme in Mechanical Engineering is one of the six Bachelor level programs in the School of Industrial Engineering in TAMK. Along with the six Bachelor level Degree Programs, School of Industrial Engineering offers two Master level Degree Programs.

What goals do you hope to achieve by becoming a CDIO Member?
We want to achieve continuous and consistent improvement process. The goal is to get everyone in the faculty actively participating in the development process. With the help of CDIO initiative we plan to tear down the walls between different courses so that faculty would work more as a team. It is easier to motivate students when they see the bigger picture and how things are linked together.

We also want to get closer to the local industry. We want to increase the amount of R&D projects done in our laboratories. Solving real life problems is motivating for the students and the faculty. At the same time we can benefit the local industry with limited R&D resources.

Contact information
School profile: Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK)
CDIO Primary contact: Olavi Kopponen


4. Orel State University, Russia

About the school
Federal State-Funded Educational Institution of Higher Professional Education  "Orel State University named after I.S. Turgenev" was founded in the year 1931.Having been mergered with Prioksky State University (formerly  FSBEI HPE "State University-ESPC") in 2016 the institution was   recognized as a key institution that allowed it to win the competition among other Russian institutions of higher education for receding additional funding.

Considerable University contribution to the innovative development of  Russian higher schools, implementation of new approaches to its reformation and training of qualified personnel are marked by high state awards: the Russian President's Prize in the field of education for the scientific and practical development of professional education and research and innovation infrastructure "University teaching areas -Scientific industrial complex as a basis for the development of education, economy and social sphere of the region "and the Prize of the Russian Federation in the field of education for the scientific and practical development of institutions of higher education" Improving the quality of the engineering and technology education on the basis of continuity and integration of inter-university schools of engineers - Mechanical Engineers "

At OSU named after I. S. Turgenev more than 18 thousand students study for a Bachelor`s and Master`s Degrees from 50 cities of the Russian Federation and 41 foreign countries, more than 500 graduate students, 50 applicants, and 40 doctoral students carry out research. At University there are more than 3 thousand employees, including 1,050 teachers, 151 researchers. The University consists of 10 institutes, 27 departments, 2 research institutes, 2 colleges. The University has 3 branches. The area of buildings and structures is 280 thousand sq. m. (laboratory is 240 thousand sq. m.), and the dormitory areas is 47 thousand sq. m. Currently the university offers 414 main educational programmes in the framework of 150 majors of tertiary education. There are 14 new scientific, academic and technological laboratories at the university, access is provided to 28 electronic databases. Research and development funding for CPD is 66 thousand rubles in 2015.

Orel state university named after I. S. Turgenev has more than 50 cooperation agreements with Russian and foreign universities and enterprises. The university cooperates with universities of Japan, China, Germany, France, Poland, Moldavia, Bulgaria, CIS, etc. (more than 40 foreign partners: universities, research centers, etc.). In 2015 the university provided 522 foreign students from 41 countries of the world were provided with an opportunity to get education in various educational programs. The list of countries, which students apply for , is expanding.

What goals do you hope to achieve by becoming a CDIO Member?
- Transition to qualitatively new level of  specialists', training , to the scientific and  educational personnel who is able to meet the international qualification requirements;
- Development and implementation  of the latest educational and information technologies, scientific-methodical and material support, defining the formation of widely educated and harmonious development of personality whose interests are adequate to current trends of social development, on the basis of educational scientific-industrial complex as new type of the integrated educational space;
- Creation of the integrated educational and information environment providing the external and internal quality assurances of educational services where process of training is directly accompanied by research activity, production and receiving of fundamental knowledge, their use in applied developments of new equipment and technology, carrying out pilot studies and production tests, finishing the pre -experienced  and serial samples;
- Harmonization of university norms according to the laws of the world community for providing  of the effective functioning and development of the  control system of educational services quality;
- Creation of conditions for effective corporate management within  the quality system of specialists’ training.

Contact information
School profile: Orel State University (Federal State-Funded Educational Institution of Higher Professional Education)
CDIO Primary contact: Aleksandr Pilipenko


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