Abstract: Context: From June 2014 to July 2015, I was funded by the college of Engineering and Computer Science in Wright States University as a visiting scholar, and had a chance to make a further study of the engineering training education in United States. According to my experience of engineering education in China, I will try to give the comprehensive comparison of engineering training education between United States and China. Firstly, we will introduce the "Educating the Engineer of 2020" proposed by National Academy of Engineering and "Excellent Engineer Training Program" proposed by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Secondly, we will make the comparison of the engineering training education in Wright States University and Harbin Engineering University. Thirdly, according to the comparison results, we will to provide some suggestions for engineering educators about how to improve the quality of future engineering education.
Purpose: From the national policy to specific operation, we talk about the comparison of college students engineering training education in United States and China, and try to merge their beneficial opinion to improve our engineering training education methods.
Approach: Firstly, we read over the original document of "Educating the Engineer of 2020" and "Excellent Engineer Training Program". Secondly, we have personal experience in Wright States University and Harbin Engineering University. Thirdly, we get the elaborate material and data from official mission, google, and questionnaire. Finally, we have some practical examples to support our opinions.
Results: According to the comparison results, we give six opinions to improve our engineering training education methods, such as providing more training forms, expanding the training range, creating the curriculum system, cooperating with company, improving the quality of engineering educators, building complete evaluating system. We provide some practical examples to support these opinions.
Conclusions: United States and China both attach great importance to the engineering training education, we will merge the beneficial opinions of them and provide five improvement opinions for engineering educators, and our practical application will support these opinions.
To cite this article: Lin, Yun; Wang, Chao and Wu, Qidi. The comparison of college students' engineering training education between United States and China [online]. In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University, 2016: 476-483.
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