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 the international project aimed at elimination of discrepancies 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 CDIO 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 competences 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 programmes) in the universities which take part in the project.
The Worldwide CDIO Initiative is aimed at elimination of discrepancies between theory and practice in engineering education. The 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 modernization of engineering education. For the time being, 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» (Institute of Cybernetics);
- «Instrument Engineering» (Institute of Non-Destructive Testing);
- «Heat & Power Engineering» (Institute of Power Engineering, E-learning Institute);
- «Electric Power Engineering and Electrical Engineering» (Institute of Power Engineering, Institute of High Technology Physics, E-learning Institute);
- «Mechatronics and Robotics» (Institute of Cybernetics);
- «Chemical Engineering» (Institute of Natural Resources, Institute of High Technology Physics, E-learning Institute);
- «Materials Science and Technology» (Institute of High Technology Physics).