Engineering Education Program Promoting the Profession

  • Claudio R. Brito
  • Melany M. Ciampi
  • Rosa M. Vasconcelos
  • Luis A. Amaral
  • Henrique D. Santos
  • Victor A. Barros
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 716)


Many Engineering colleges have been facing the retention issue because of difficulties and lack of knowledge about what really means being an engineer. The first 3 years are particularly intense and hard. A possible way to overcome this period is to implement a new kind of course, more enticing and dynamic, which is the idea of COPEC’s engineering education research team, to embed a course with a more interesting activity for students in the first year. Current students have access to multiple ways of learning. They make use of a range of learning sites, both physical and virtual. Currently, students are very smart users of modern technology and are well connected with the online world. They are already international. However, an international experience adds a lot to their reality. It also promotes an early picture of the profession in their minds. So, this program provides students the possibility to perform as engineers in an international environment. It is a project developed for a private university in order to foster the retention rate in their engineering courses.


Retention Project development Real world work International skills Innovations 



This work has been financed by FEDER funds through the Competitivity Factors Operational Courseme - COMPETE: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007136 and POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007043 and FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia within the Project Scope: UID/CEC/00319/2013.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudio R. Brito
    • 1
  • Melany M. Ciampi
    • 2
  • Rosa M. Vasconcelos
    • 3
  • Luis A. Amaral
    • 4
    • 5
  • Henrique D. Santos
    • 5
  • Victor A. Barros
    • 6
  1. 1.COPEC – Science and Education Research CouncilSantosBrazil
  2. 2.WCSEIT – World Council on Systems Engineering and Information TechnologyBragaPortugal
  3. 3.Pedagogic Council of EngineeringUniversity of MinhoGuimarãesPortugal
  4. 4.CCG – Computer Graphics CentreGuimarãesPortugal
  5. 5.Information Systems DepartmentUniversity of MinhoGuimarãesPortugal
  6. 6.COPEC – Science and Education Research CouncilJataíBrazil

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