study. Chapter 8 includes conclusions and recommendations, both recommendations by the respective working groups to their own countries, and joint recommendations to both countries.

The task force also recognized that examining all fields of engineering in the context of the approach described above would not be feasible. Instead the group used the knowledge and experience of the individual committee members as a basis for specific discussions in the report.

As a U.S.-Japan joint study, the project and resulting report have inevitably focused on U.S. and Japanese issues. The joint task force believes that many of the issues and challenges raised in the report are relevant to a wider international audience interested in improving engineering education and engineering cooperation worldwide. Hopefully, this report will provide a useful input to a broader discussion.

TABLE 1-1 Interactions of the Joint Task Force on Engineering Education

December 1992

Japanese working group holds planning meeting in Tokyo

May 1994

U.S. working group holds planning meeting, Washington, D.C.

June 1994

Joint task force meeting and U.S. working group study mission, Tokyo

November 1994

Joint task force meeting, Tokyo

July 1995

U.S. working group chair meets with Japanese working group, Tokyo

November 1995

Joint task force meeting in Washington, D.C.

January 1996

U.S. working group chair meets with Japanese working group, Tokyo

May 1998

U.S. working group chair meets with Japanese working group, Tokyo

July 1998

U.S. working group chair meets with Japanese working group, Tokyo

November 1998

U.S. working group chair meets with Japanese working group, Tokyo

Winter 1998

Report finalized

NOTES AND REFERENCES

1 See National Research Council, Global Economy, Global Technology, Global Corporations (Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 1998), and New Strategies for New Challenges: Corporate Innovation in Japan and the United States (National Academy Press, 1998).



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