2006-05-17

Continental Global Engineering Excellence Initiative


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Study on the Future of Engineering Takes Shape

Eight top international universities compile initial findings of their research on engineering science - Internationalization of universities a key to success

Universities with highly demanding engineering programs mustintensify their internationalization activities significantly if theywant to keep pace with the ever increasing dynamics of economicglobalization and the growing complexity of challenging worldwidevalue-added chains. This is the interim findings of the firstcomprehensive study on the future of engineering education, currentlybeing compiled by eight renowned top international universities inthe scope of the Global Engineering Excellence (GEE) initiative,instigated by Continental AG.

In November of last year, the international automotive supplierstarted the Global Engineering Excellence initiative in closecooperation with the top universities to study the perspec¬tives andsocial position of engineers as well as their education and impact onthe performance capabilities of economies, and to draw conclusionsfrom these findings. At the most recent meeting of the studyparticipants at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) inBoston, the initial findings of the study were discussed. Concreterecommendations are then to be formulated during a second projectmeeting at the Tsinghua University in Beijing at the end of June. Thefull findings will be presented during a two-day event withrepresentatives from all participating universities as well ashigh-ranking representatives from the world of politics and businesson November 9 and 10 in Frankfurt.

The results compiled to date indicate that there is a tightintermeshing between the increasing economic globalization and theresulting changes in requirements for an engineering education.

The professors involved in the project uniformly concluded that,as a consequence, a tight intermeshing of the research anddevelopment departments is also essential in a global society inwhich value added chains and distribution channels are permanentlyexpanding and changing.

"The trends in a globally networked economy must be reflected inthe education concepts at universities," said Prof. Bernd Widdig fromMIT in Massachusetts, calling for "close coordination and intensivecooperation between the engineering and science branches - at aworld¬wide level." Prof. Reiner Anderl of the Technical University ofDarmstadt, which is heading the study, summed it up by saying that"the goal can only be a globally-oriented engineering program."

The research team feels that it is up to the universitiesthemselves, the companies and, last but not least, those bodies incharge of educational policies to attain this goal. A call for actionand recommendations are to be presented on November 10 at aninternational press conference in Frankfurt.

The Continental Corporation is a leading supplier of brakesystems, chassis components, vehicle electronics, tires and technicalelastomers. In 2005 the corporation posted consolidated sales ofEUR13.8 billion. It currently has a worldwide workforce of around80,600 employees.



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Hannes Boekhoff Bettina KörnerHead of Press Relations Press OfficerContinental AG Continental AGVahrenwalder Strasse 9 Vahrenwalder Strasse 9 30165 Hanover 30165 HanoverTel.: 0511 938-1278 Tel.: 0511 938-1640Fax: 0511 938-1055 Fax: 0511 938-1055E-mail: prkonzern@conti.de E-mail: prkonzern@conti.de

Information about the initiative you find on the internet under:www.global-engineering-excellence.org and the Corporate Image andVideo Library of Continental under: www.conti-online.com

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