Globalizing Technological Education

Registration deadline: Thursday, June 10

Preparing students for careers and lives in an increasingly interdependent global world is nowhere more important than in technological higher education. Yet technological universities face major challenges in developing global study programs that attract significant numbers of their undergraduates. Conventional wisdom argues that the tightly-packed and demanding curricula of science, engineering, and management, along with the presumed lack of student (and perhaps faculty) interest in language and cultural studies, largely excludes these undergraduates from learning about cultures new to them. ISTAS’04 intends to challenge these assumptions by showing ways in which this “conventional wisdom” about globalization and technological education is inadequate. Strands of the conference sessions will cover globalization as it applies to faculty, students, curriculum, employers and corporations, and foundations. Presentations will address curricular, administrative and institutional issues in globalizing the curriculum as well as such broader cultural concerns about globalization as sustainable development, technology policy, and multi-culturalism.

Featured speakers: Dr. Curtis Carlson, President and CEO, SRI International; Susan Hassler, Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Spectrum.

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