Engineering Education To Develop Innovative And Self-Directed Engineers

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The educational goal of the Kanazawa Institute of Technology (henceforth, KIT) is to develop innovative and selfdirected engineers. KIT developed a new curriculum, of which main pillars are engineering design education and engineering ethics education, and established an innovative facility “Factory for Dreams & Ideas” (henceforth, “Yumekobo”, which is the original Japanese name for the factory), to achieve its educational goal. Assessment of educational objectives and data are discussed in the paper. Students developed original, viable, and ethical design solutions in engineering design courses using either appropriate technology, advanced technology, or a suitable combination of both. Students' understanding and behaviour with regards to engineering design and engineering ethics advanced steadily during the courses. Students, who actively worked on Yumekobo projects, developed their technical competencies and professional skills.

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