Taylor's Use of CDIO as a Learning Approach Gets the Nod from Colleagues in India

Dean of SoE (2nd from left), Dr. Satesh with visitors from VelTech

A delegation from Vel Tech Technical University in India recently visited Taylor's University to learn more about the best-practices adopted in regards to Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate (CDIO) processes used within the Taylor’s School of Engineering (SOE).

SOE adopted the CDIO Initiative more than seven years ago, making it the first engineering school in Malaysia to adopt this programme. The CDIO Initiative was pioneered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), together with leading engineering schools in USA, Europe, Canada, UK, Africa, Asia and New Zealand, to address the gap between industry needs and the quality of engineering graduates being produced.

Students are instilled with engineering fundamentals in the context of the whole product lifecycle, and are able to master a deeper working knowledge of the technical fundamentals. Vel Tech has recently been accepted to use the CDIO Initiative, and visited Taylor’s University to learn more about the CDIO model adopted by SOE.

The visitors included Dr. U. Chandrasekhar, the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dr. P. Sarasu, Director Research, Industry and International Relations, Dr. Koteswara Rao, the Director of Academics and Dr. Abudhahir, the Director International Academic Quality.

A welcome reception was held by the Dean, Associate Prof Ir Dr. Satesh, an introduction to SOE was given by Associate Dean International (ADI), Dr Veena Doshi, and then a talk and a workshop on CDIO and the Grand Challenge practices at SOE were given by Dr. Chong Chein Hwa and Dr. Lee Chia Peng.

The delegation from Vel Tech felt that they still had a lot more to learn at Taylor’s University and plan to visit again with a larger delegation of engineering academics.