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Project types and industrial collaboration in project-based learning

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SEFI 2016 annual conference
EditorsHannu-Matti Järvinen, Robin Clark
Place of PublicationTampere / Brussels
PublisherEuropean Society for Engineering Education SEFI
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9782873520144
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2016
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education
Period1/01/00 → …


Project-based learning is important in engineering education as is makes the students test their skills in a real-life setting. We have organised project-based learning for software engineering students since 1991. Already in the early times, the projects were based on collaboration with near-by companies and other customers. This collaboration with external organisations, called customers in this paper, creates strong links between education and surrounding society.

In this paper, we report the experiences from our project courses. Especially we describe 1) how the courses have helped collaboration between students, teachers and companies, 2) the different categories for topics and goals of the projects. Based on the analysis, we outline a new project type, a technology exploration project.

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • project courses, engineering education, innovation, university-industry collaboration

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