The European Project Semester is a program offered by seventeen European universities in twelve countries throughout Europe, created with engineering students in mind, but other students are also welcome.
Dr. Arvid Andersen was the originator of the EPS concept. He developed the program in Helsingør, Denmark. EPS grew constantly and it’s crafted to address the design requirements of the degree and prepare engineering students with all the necessary skills to face the challenges of today’s world economy. International student teams work on interdisciplinary projects with commercial businesses and industries, selected to match the students’ specializations and capabilities as well as to develop their inter-cultural communication and teamwork skills.
The whole EPS program is composed by different courses and activities for instance: project management, teambuilding, integration week, Survival Swedish, English lessons, energy week and supporting technical courses.
The main objective is to train students from different countries and different disciplines to work together in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary groups. The students work together to execute an integrated engineering-design-and business project, focusing on:
- The development of personal competences, especially the ability to work and communicate within cross-cultural groups.
- The interrelated work of several disciplines like mechanical & electrical engineering, information technology, business & management, etc
This course consist of some introductory lectures in the beginning of the semester and practical tasks throughout the semester. The course is deeply integrated in the project work.
“A team is not a bunch of people with job titles, but a congregation of individuals, each of whom has a role which is understood by other members. Members of a team seek out certain roles and they perform most effectively in the ones that are most natural to them.” Dr Meredith Belbin
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