Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Fourth International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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The MEM project: experiences, challenges and outcomes of an international double master-level degree
ROBERTO MONTANARI, Layek Abdel Malek, Paolo Andrei, Gino Ferretti, Simonetta Valenti, Luca Maria Mancinelli, Alessandro Bernazzoli, Eleonora Bottani, Joel S. Bloom, Fadi P. Deek

Last modified: 09-05-2018

Abstract


Educating the workforce of the future to perform adeptly in the global environment as well as to surmount cross cultural boundaries is of a paramount necessity in today’s technologically advanced and complex settings. This environment has led institutions of higher education to seek international collaborations to face these challenges. Building on experiences and successes gained from a nearly decade long project entitled UMANE that was jointly supported by both the US Department of Education and the EU for undergraduate double/triple Bachelor’s degrees, this paper reports on an extension of the earlier partnership, to include a graduate level partnership that offers a double master degree between New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and University of Parma (UNIPR) that was put in place in 2015.

In this work, we present the developed framework of this international cooperation, report on its challenges, and share our experiences. Specifically, the framework of the agreement establishes guidelines and course of study leading to double master degrees in the area of Engineering Management, one from NJIT and another from Parma University. Students in this program, usually, start their studies in Italy, attending the classes at their home Institution and then move to Newark, New Jersey, during the spring/second semester (6 months) of their first year, to attend NJIT classes. At the end of their studies, students will be awarded two master’s degrees in Engineering Management from the partnering universities.


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