Open Access Article

Title: Sustainable engineering master module – insights from three cohorts of European engineering team

Authors: Bartlomiej Gladysz; Marcello Urgo; Tim Stock; Cecilia Haskins; Felix Sieckmann; Elzbieta Jarzebowska; Holger Kohl; Jan Ola Strandhagen; Tulio Tollio

Addresses: Faculty of Production Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, ul. Narbutta 85, 02-524 Warsaw, Poland ' Mechanical Engineering Department, Politecnico di Milano, via La Masa 1, 20156 Milan, Italy ' Chair for Sustainable Corporate Development, Technical University of Berlin, Pascalstr. 8-9, 10587 Berlin, Germany ' Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, S.P. Andersens vei 5, 7491 Trondheim, Norway ' Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology, Pascalstr. 8-9, 10587 Berlin, Germany ' Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, ul. Nowowiejska 24, 00-665 Warsaw, Poland ' Chair for Sustainable Corporate Development, Technical University of Berlin, Pascalstr. 8-9, 10587 Berlin, Germany ' Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, S.P. Andersens vei 5, 7491 Trondheim, Norway ' Mechanical Engineering Department, Politecnico di Milano, via La Masa 1, 20156 Milan, Italy

Abstract: Mobility and transnational migration are current social developments among the population of the European Union. These developments in both society-at-large and companies, linked to the challenges of sustainability, lead to new requirements for working in the European Union. Teaching and learning in higher education needs to adapt to these requirements. As a result, new and innovative teaching and learning practices in higher education should provide competencies for transnational teamwork in the curriculum of tomorrow's engineers in order to ensure their competitiveness in the job market. A transnational project-oriented teaching and learning framework, which provides the future key competencies for young engineers was implemented in the course European Engineering Team (EET). Engineering students from four countries participated in a new project-based course that focused on the development of innovative and sustainable products and opportunities. The goal of this paper is to present results and lessons learnt from three cohorts of EET.

Keywords: sustainability; innovation; engineering education; multinational; multidisciplinary; project-based learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSM.2020.107130

International Journal of Sustainable Manufacturing, 2020 Vol.4 No.2/3/4, pp.413 - 432

Received: 05 Mar 2019
Accepted: 28 Jun 2019

Published online: 24 Apr 2020 *