An international and interdisciplinary course between Lund and China
Charlotta Johnsson and Carl-Henric Nilsson, program directors of Technology Management (master program) at Lund University Sweden, received a grant from STINT for the initiation and development of an international and cross-disciplinary course. Today, the course International Market Driven Engineering (iMDE) is given on a regular basis each year and has resulted in innovations generated jointly by Swedish and Chinese engineering and management students.
The world is becoming more international and cutting edge knowledge in marketing, as well as engineering is becoming a valuable asset on the global job-market. There is a lack of people with skills in both fields and who also possess the ability to connect market needs and innovations with product development, especially in an international context. The course iMDE therefore aims at providing this knowledge and these skills to students.
iMDE is a joint course collaboration between Technology Management at Lund University (LU), and three schools at Zhejiang University (ZJU) in China. The course is developed within the framework of LU-ZJU JCIE (Joint Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship) and with financial support from the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT). The language of instruction is English and the course runs on a regular basis each fall (starting from fall 2012).
The students that participate in the course have a set of 10 lectures, providing them with knowledge related to the innovation process; from market analysis and inspiration, through ideation, implementation and prototype development, to marketing and sales. In addition, the students practice the innovation process in real life through the execution of a project. The students work in international and cross-disciplinary teams of approximately 10 students per group and should eventually present a prototype, a business plan and a 3 minutes film related to their innovation. The international and cross-disciplinary teamwork gives the students valuable insight in how it is to work in a global world.
The theme for the projects in 2012 was ”Helping Everyday Life”. Eight innovations were presented; Naptop, BedyTeddy, iLock, SoLedLight, EAChair, OneWake, EasyGreen, PoPoPhoto.