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Interdisciplinary integration in engineering education

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A. A. Berezin ; Dept. of Eng. Phys., McMaster Univ., Hamilton, Ont., Canada

Quality engineering education requires a proper balance between an up-do-date specialized training and a general broad background in key areas of scientific and social human knowledge. The strengthening of interdisciplinary aspects in the engineering curriculum combined with a more decisive exposure to frontier ideas of modern science can provide a viable antidote to a damaging fragmentation of knowledge into numerous and poorly interacting "areas of expertise". Active exposure to interdisciplinary areas stimulates curiosity, encourages self-directed learning and positively contributes to an individual's creativity and intellectual independence

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Industrial Electronics Society, 2001. IECON '01. The 27th Annual Conference of the IEEE  (Volume:3 )

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