Title: The US-Japan Industry and Technology Management Training Program: a new model for transnational collaboration and education for high-technology business

Authors: A.A.E. Shabayek, F.A. Kulacki

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, USA

Abstract: The United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) on behalf of the Department of Defense has funded the US-Japan Industry and Technology Management Training (JITMT) Program involving universities in merit-based competition since 1991 to increase understanding of the Japanese technology management practice. The main objective of this program is to upgrade the US industrial infrastructure by increasing the rate of investment in training and research dissemination. This paper gives an overall assessment of the ability of the program to organise and promote the exchange of research and industrial training in such a way as to engage US government agencies and firms with their Japanese counterparts. The strategy for interaction includes a large number of topical symposia, workshops, distance education, teleconferencing, and training via internship programs.

Keywords: US-Japan Industry and Technology Management Training Program; technology management; transnational collaboration; distance education; teleconferencing; training; industrial training; internship programs; higher education; universities; Japan; USA; United States; research.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.1999.030139

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 1999 Vol.9 No.1, pp.45 - 52

Published online: 11 Dec 2009 *

Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article