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Academic and Engineering Skills

Industrial Engineering and Management aims to fully implement an Academic and Engineering Skills (AES) learning path for the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs, starting as of September 2015. Based on the outcome of the start session on 1 September, the programme directors of the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes in IEM composed a framework to establish AES in the curriculum of both programmes.

International Classroom

The pilots with Computer Sciences and Industrial Engineering and managements are conducted in the context of the RUG International  Classroom (IC) project. This IC project (running from 2013 until 2019) has the objective to describe and develop evidence of what makes programs international. The goal is to achieve a European accreditation label for internationalization in 2018. For further information refer to IC project website:

Learning Communities

The set-up of Learning Communities for IEM is based on our experiences as participant in the RUG International Classroom pilot. Having adopted the International Bachelor in September 2013, IEM gained initial experiences in an international classroom approach in a newly developed first-year course unit. One of the main conclusions of the pilot was to further develop the International Classroom approach, based on small groups (typically 15 students). Objectives are

  • Setting up effective and attractive cooperation and coaching in small IEM student groups as a core element of their Bachelor’s degree programme
  • Developing effective training of academic and engineering skills as a foundation for these IEM Learning Communities
  • Developing projects which challenge first-year IEM students to discover and develop an overview of the IEM curriculum and work field
  • Establishing a professional and robust training programme for teaching staff to support and coach IEM Learning Communities
  • Developing a Design Studio: an inspiring and useful IEM Learning Community student room where students work together on design projects
  • Evaluating the application of Learning Communities in other degree programmes at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, in particular Pharmacy, with the focus on preparation for the work field.
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