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Enhancing Engineering Education through Academia Industry Cooperation at the Master’s Degree Level

Ferreira, C.F. ; Barbosa, F.M. ; Martins, M. ; Lopes, F. ; Fonseca, I.

Enhancing Engineering Education through Academia Industry Cooperation at the Master’s Degree Level, Proc Conf. - Project Work and Internship: impacts on labour market and society - PRAXIS, Genoa, Italy, Vol. I, pp. 1 - 20, September, 2014.

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Abstract
Electrical Engineering Education at the Master’s Degree Level is presented through three perspectives of collaborative projects involving industry and academia. The presented perspectives originate from three Portuguese Higher Education Institutions representing the University, Military Academy and Polytechnic School viewpoints. The described collaborative projects share the aim of enhancing the learning experience of students and the creation and dissemination of applied engineering knowledge, contributing for the generation of high value in industry and institutions, while pursuing the qualification of individuals with a high level of scientific, technical and cultural education. This cooperation between academia and industry produces interesting outcomes, bringing effective improvements into electrical engineering education, particularly at the master’s degree level. Throughout the presented projects, an increasing student motivation was observed, driven by the practical experience provided through the industrial sector approach. This cooperation also generates opportunities to develop new perspectives and
ideas for follow-on projects as well as innovative academic publications. The three degree programs objectives, competences, structure and organization, follow the Portuguese Law, the main principles of the Bologna Process and are in accordance with the Tuning project’s recommendations. However, given the different historical backgrounds, engineering education cultures and specific missions and objectives, three different master profiles are established, which are described in this chapter.