In October 2011 National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University joined the Worldwide CDIO Initiative (The CDIO™ Initiative): Conceive — Design — Implement — Operate.
The Worldwide CDIO Initiative is an international project aimed at elimination of gap between theory and practice in engineering education. The CDIO project was initiated by researchers, industrialists, engineers, and students of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late 1990-s.
The initiative was actively supported by professional engineering community and accreditation agencies. For example, Boeing Company, which is the largest global manufacturer of aviation, space and military equipment and the ABET Company, which is a key player on the decorative plastics market, actively participated in working out the list of competencies for engineering graduates.
Participants of this impressive international CDIO project develop and introduce a progressive state-of-the-art concept of engineering education improvement (for bachelor’s programs) in the universities which take part in the project.
The initiative new approach assumes strengthening of practical orientation of technical education and introduction of the system of problem-oriented and project-oriented training.
TPU is the first Russian university involved in the initiative of leading world higher education institutions on the modernization of engineering education. Currently, about 100 higher educational institutions from 30 countries of the world have joined the project.
Today seven educational programs of Tomsk Polytechnic University meet CDIO principles:
- Information Systems and Technologies (the School of Computer Science & Robotics);
- Instrument Engineering (the School of Non-Destructive Testing & Security);
- Thermal and Power Engineering (the School of Energy & Power Engineering, the Center for Digital Education);
- Power and Electrical Engineering (the School of Energy & Power Engineering, the School of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Center for Digital Education);
- Mechatronics and Robotics (the School of Computer Science & Robotics);
- Chemical Technology (School of Earth Sciences & Engineering, the School of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, the Center for Digital Education);
- Materials Science and Technology (the School of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies).