From its inception, Herefordshire’s New Model in Technology and Engineering (NMiTE) has set out to be at the global vanguard of teaching methodologies, developing approaches that define the engineer of the future. The student-centred, open learning approach to teaching at NMiTE will incorporate all aspects of the engineering design and innovation process as well as having, at its core, the employability skills sought by employers. Central to the student learning experience will be engagement in seeking out real world problems and delivering solutions that address the complex challenges of our age.
Already, this has brought us international recognition; we are honoured to have been invited, along with our UK partners, the Russell Group Universities of Bristol and Warwick, to join a group of leading US players intent on sharing best practice and introducing innovative and forward-thinking teaching methods in science and engineering. In this endeavour, Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts is already a leading exponent, one of its founding precepts being “to become an important and constant contributor to the advancement of engineering education in America and throughout the world.”
We have already been able to announce that Olin is officially committed to supporting our project here in the UK and we are excited at the prospect of working with Olin and the other members of this illustrious group, which includes California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena; Purdue University, Indiana and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). All are recognised world leaders in engineering education and we are proud to share a common objective. We are, like them, committed to transforming the teaching of engineering in order to engage and inspire the engineers of the future and to develop their ingenuity and capacity for innovation to the benefit of our regional, national and international economies.
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