Industrial perspective on modifications to telecommunications programs

Austin B. Asgill, Willie K. Ofosu

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In an ever evolving technological world, there is a need for university and college programs to keep up with the developments in industry. This is especially true for those educational institutions that offer programs in the engineering technologies, engineering, and computer related fields. Since the graduates from these institutions form the pool of new employees for industry, it is important that industry contributes ideas on the preparation of the graduates. Industry constantly functions at the cutting edge of technology. As such, it can be expected that suggestions from industry will be based on the current technological applications. In order for graduates to be sufficiently well prepared for the workplace, they will need to be instructed on the latest developments in industry. It is for these reasons that many programs utilize Industrial Advisory Committees who can provide an industrial perspective to the institutions. These committees form an essential component to the administration of academic programs. Due to, the more complex nature of the telecommunications equipment these days, the current industry requirement calls for a change of emphasis in the preparation of graduates. While they still need to understand the equipment in terms of how they function and how to assemble them, it has become paramount that the graduates are proficient in operating the equipment. The central core of modern telecommunications equipment is a computer, and this calls for a graduate who is not only computer literate, but has the expertise of an information technology specialist. This paper will look at how two institutions have utilized the industrial perspective to modify their program offerings to suit the current requirements of the Telecommunications industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7223-7228
Number of pages6
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
StatePublished - Oct 25 2004
EventASEE 2004 Annual Conference and Exposition, "Engineering Researchs New Heights" - Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2004Jun 23 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)


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