PBL Based Engineering Education to Cultivate Leadership Spirit in Postgraduate Students

  • Yokota, Kazutaka (Innovation Center for Research and Engineering Education, Faculty of Engineering, Utsunomiya University) ;
  • Maruoka, Masatomo (Innovation Center for Research and Engineering Education, Faculty of Engineering, Utsunomiya University) ;
  • Takaki, Junji (Innovation Center for Research and Engineering Education, Faculty of Engineering, Utsunomiya University) ;
  • Watanabe, Shinichi (Innovation Center for Research and Engineering Education, Faculty of Engineering, Utsunomiya University)
  • Received : 2011.10.04
  • Accepted : 2012.09.10
  • Published : 2012.09.30

Abstract

Utsunomiya University started a 3-year project to develop an education program for postgraduate students to cultivate leadership spirits. The program is centered on a PBL in which each group of students is required to find an engineering or social problem themselves and start a project to solve the problem. Projects vary widely, from a straight product development to a summer program for children or local area development. Student groups are advised by senior engineers from industries. They give advice as to how a project should be managed and run, but will not give instructions. The PBL is compulsory for all students in the engineering master course students. The new education program also includes a series of lectures by engineers to show engineers' job, activities, and career in the industry. Internship programs are also provided, in which students will be given opportunities to actively apply their knowledge and skills to real engineering tasks offered by the industry. The students are expected to gain something more than just experiences.

Keywords

Engineering education;Problem Based Learning;Postgraduate Education Program

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