The innovation element of the diploma (b.eng.) programs at DTU

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In September 2014 the first version of the newly developed CDIO-based diploma (B.Eng) programs were launched at DTU (Nyborg et al., 2015). The programs are the result of a comprehensive merger process of former diploma programs, namely the programs at Engineering College of Copenhagen (now DTU Diploma) and the Technical University of Denmark.

The most significant new activity in the programs is the introduction of a common 10 ECTS compulsory course in innovation in the later part of the programs. The idea behind this course is to give students the opportunity to collaborate on interdisciplinary real-life projects.

This course strengthens not only innovation skills but personal and interpersonal skills as well. In this paper we will discuss the organization of the Innovation Pilot course. In particular we
focus on:

- Structure of programmes
- Organization of the Innovation Pilot course
- The didactical considerations
- Scaling up the course from 50 to 500 students
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International CDIO Conference
Publication date2016
Article number111
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event12th CDIO Annual International Conference - Turku, Finland
Duration: 12 Jun 201616 Jun 2016


Conference12th CDIO Annual International Conference
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  • CDIO-based study programs
  • Stakeholder involvement
  • Innovation


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