OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

A comparison of the theoretical and practical components of the US and German higher-education systems; what we can learn from the German approach to better prepare our students for ever-changing technology

TitleA comparison of the theoretical and practical components of the US and German higher-education systems; what we can learn from the German approach to better prepare our students for ever-changing technology
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsBrownell, Eugene Baars
Academic Departmentcomputer science
Thesis AdvisorCook, Curtis R.
DegreeBachelor of Science in International Studies in Computer Science
Number of Pages22
Date Published06/1995
UniversityOregon State University
CityCorvallis
Thesis TypeUndergraduate
Keywordscomparison, German, higher-education, technology, United States
Abstract

The curriculum of technical degrees at higher education
institutions in the United States needs to continuously
adapt to ever changing technologies. One way to accomplish
this is to adopt a more dynamic approach that separates the
practical and theoretical components of the university
education, and where the student concentrates on each part.
An example is the German system, where the students learn
about the theory through classes at the university and learn
the practical application of the theory through industrial
internships. I propose that universities concentrate on
theory in the classroom while requiring each student
participate in several semester-long internships in the
industry to gain appreciation of the practical application
of the theory. This, coupled with more industry involvement
curriculum ensures that students will not learn out-dated
material, and will make the US more competitive in the world
market.