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Engineering Education Tasks for the New Century: Japanese and U.S. Perspectives
utilization of advanced technology.10 Through the efforts of CAES and other initiatives, MIT hopes to enhance its leadership role in education, both nationally and internationally.
CAES offers a number of short term (non-degree) programs. Longstanding on-campus programs include the Advanced Study Program (now in its 33rd year) and the Professional Institute (in its 46th year), aimed at working professionals. These programs are now offered off-campus as well. CAES is focused on expanding off-campus programs through multi-modal distance learning. For example, CAES produces live satellite broadcast courses that are carried by PBS The Business Channel, and are aimed at professional engineers, scientists, and managers. The classes are broadcast once a week for eight weeks, with interaction facilitated by a web site. A certificate of completion is awarded. In addition to satellite broadcasts, a variety of non-credit and for credit courses are available with a range of participation options. Most courses are multi-modal, employing both asynchronous and synchronous learning modes.
CAES also offers products for reference or self study, and media and communication services to the MIT community. In addition, CAES is home to several independent research groups aiming at advancing the use of information technology in academia.
Another indicator of MIT's growing global role is an agreement reached in 1997 with the Ehsan Foundation in Malaysia to help create the Malaysia University of Science and Technology (MUST), scheduled to open early in the next decade.11 MIT will receive $25 million for its help under the agreement. The MUST project is similar to programs already under way in Thailand and Argentina.
The goal is to create an elite private teaching and research university in the state of Selangor Darul Ehsan. Initially, the university will cater to the brightest Malaysian graduate students, with an undergraduate engineering program to be developed later. In creating the university, MIT will provide expertise in four areas: academic program; research agenda; institutional development, focusing on administration, organization management and financing; and forming partnerships with government and industry. Graduate opportunities for Malaysian students at MIT will also be promoted.
NOTES AND REFERENCES
1 Philip Condit and R. Byron Pipes, “The Global University,” Issues in Science and Technology, Fall 1997.
2 George Bugliarello, “Comments on ‘The Global University,’” unpublished, October 1997.
4 James Duderstadt, “Letter on the future of the university,” Issues in Science and Technology, Winter 1997–98.
5 As noted in Chapter 4, Monbusho regulates and authorizes private universities, and provides funding, but financial support is not as generous as that provided to national universities.
6 This set of examples is illustrative of U.S. approaches and is not meant to be an exhaustive list of U.S. initiatives in this area.