Improving innovation and multidisciplinary competences among bachelor of engineering students

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2017

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From society and industry, there are increasing requirements for skilled and well-educated engineers who can develop new solutions through innovation and this have pushed universities to meet these requirements by having an increasing focus on developing innovation and entrepreneurship programmes within Engineering Education. Furthermore, there is also a demand for the graduates to be able to work multidisciplinary and to be able to use generic skills in their work. In this paper, the research question is how to enhance innovation and multidisciplinary competences of engineering students? This is a central question in order to educate engineers that can create sustainable solutions for the environment, for products and to secure future workplaces. In this paper, a new mandatory course for Bachelor of Engineering students at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) "Innovation Pilot", will be described and how the challenge to improve innovative competences and the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams with engineers from other disciplines are solved. Results from a survey regarding the students' innovation competences and interdisciplinarity show that we have succeed in creation of understanding of what innovation is. However interdisciplinary is still difficult for the students to handle.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 45th SEFI Annual Conference 2017
Place of PublicationBrussels
Publication date2017
ISBN (print)978-989-98875-7-2
StatePublished - 2017
Event45th SEFI Annual Conference - Angra do Heroísmo, Portugal


Conference45th SEFI Annual Conference
LocationThe cultural and congress center of Angra do Heroísmo
CityAngra do Heroísmo
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