Expanding industry engagement in higher education | Rowan Today | Rowan University – Rowan Today

by | Aug 3, 2022 | Education

With sights set on creating enduring change in higher education, seven universities (University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Boston College, Drexel University, Rowan University, University of St. Thomas, University of North Alabama and Clarkson University) are launching a transformation of industry engagement in higher education. The intent is to help advisory boards move from a traditional advisory role to an active partnership in engineering education with a goal of helping institutions advance an entrepreneurial mindset in engineers. 
Entrepreneurially-minded learning, an approach championed by the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), equips engineers with skills to identify and make the most of opportunities, overcome challenges, improve skills, and learn from mistakes, which all together amplifies the impact of their technical skills. Looking beyond design and building of systems and structures, entrepreneurially-minded engineers can create long-lasting value that contributes to positive societal change.
“Infusing entrepreneurially-minded learning in our curriculum with meaningful engagement from industry is an exciting opportunity for all,” said Dr. Kauser Jahan, professor and head of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Rowan University and co-principal investigator for the grant. “We have an opportunity to shape future engineers with our industrial partners to add value to their education by integrating curiosity with an entrepreneurial mindset.” 
With a $662,000 financial commitment from the Kern Family Foundation, the team will collaborate …

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