A cross-university collaboration model for engineering and technology education between developed and developing countries

Ahad Bagherzadeh , Akbar Aboutorabi , Andrzej Ordys


A collaboration project is described in this paper, between a large multi-campus university in Iran and a number of British universities for PhD training of academics from Iran. A favourable financial package was agreed, which included scholarships from the parent university and fee discount from the host universities. The agreement also required the candidates to gain experience in teaching, course development and quality assurance procedures alongside their research work. A total of 52 academics from a pool of about 1,200 candidates with a Master's degree, who met the entry and language requirements enrolled in the PhD course. Forty-two candidates have successfully completed their studies to date with an average duration of 44 months. More than 145 refereed journal and conference papers have been published so far, and more have been submitted or are being prepared. Candidates were actively engaged in curriculum development, delivery and quality monitoring of courses hence becoming familiar with characteristics and attributes of the British system of education. The project was deemed successful, benefiting all parties.
Author Ahad Bagherzadeh - [Azad University (IR) in Oxford]
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, Akbar Aboutorabi - [Kingston University]
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, Andrzej Ordys (FM / IACR) - [Kingston University]
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- The Institute of Automatic Control and Robotics
Journal seriesWorld Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education, ISSN 1446-2257
Issue year2013
Publication size in sheets0.5
ASJC Classification3304 Education; 2200 General Engineering
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)5
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ScoreMinisterial score = 0.0, 24-02-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Ministerial score (2013-2016) = 5.0, 24-02-2020, ArticleFromJournal
Publication indicators Scopus Citations = 0; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2013 = 0.495
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