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CDIO - Student has valuable experiences from the active learning

 

Group of multidisciplinary students took part in EPICS course at University of Science and Technology, The University of Danang (DUT-UD)

 

The technical education program basing on the CDIO philosophy (Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate) will allow the future engineers to fully and deeply experience the key mission they must undertake in future job.

With the CDIO approach, besides knowledge and skills, learners are also equipped with soft skills in team work, community work,  senses of careers, senses of community, creative thinking, self-study, self-study, self-research and start-up.

 

Students effectively develop their virtue

EPICS - a technical project in community service is a non-credit course at University of Science and Technology, UD (DUT-UD) attracting 40 students from different faculties: FAST, Electrics, Mechanics, Project manager, Environment, Architecture and some students from University of Economics, UD.

EPICS is a course serving for community funded by Arizona State University, USAID and DOW Chemical with four participating universities: DUT-UD, Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Lac Hong University. Through the EPICS, more than 200 multi-disciplinary students have utilized technical skills and creative ideas to design and implement solutions for charitable organizations, schools and nonprofit organizations around the world.

The Smart Mattress idea of DUT-UD’s students has won the first prize of the EPICS. In order to reduce the inconvenience of the elderly and those with physical problems such as osteoarthritis, postnatal women... the idea of smart mattress was born after the students observed patients facing with mobility problems.

These patients need the support of others to be able to move. Thus, the smart mattress can help them to move up and down or automatically change the position of their body easily as well as make them feel more comfortable in their move…

 

Develop a typical framework to reform the curriculum

Dr. Nguyen Linh Nam - Dean of Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Technology and Education – UD  (UTE-UD) shared that with the current training, UTE-UD and its faculties set out the training program first and then determine the output standards. This makes the recruiting units meet several difficulties, especially towards high quality human resources. Therefore, the reality in Vietnam in recent years is to force the recruitment agencies to retrain or supplement the knowledge, skills after recruitment.

Meanwhile, CDIO aims at developing higher educational institutions with 12 standards such as the design of curriculum from a basic level to advanced one, learning space, curriculum assessment, integrated curriculum, or teaching method and active learning.

CDIO is designed basing on the investigation of the social reality required by the employer, thus it contributes into reducing the cost and human resources associated with training. On the students’ side, they will be well trained to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes; Instructors must follow advanced teaching methods that meet the standards of scientific research.

Each CDIO training program includes at least two design-implementation experiences, including one at basic level and one at advanced level. Therefore, there are many opportunities for students to form and accumulate knowledge, professional skills as well as other personal skills.

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