Creating a Better World by International Collaboration in Product Innovation Engineering - The PIEp Way
This article summarizes efforts undertaken within the Swedish Product Innovation Engineering program (PIEp), in the area of education for product innovation. A key aspect of the program is to create a systematic change in higher engineering education in product development, to move toward a focus on innovative product development, where entrepreneurship thrives and student ideas are brought to reality. Examples include the introduction of new undergraduate and graduate courses in innovation engineering, close integration between project courses offered at PIEp partner universities, joint research projects, and workshops that allow entrepreneurs and companies to better utilize student ideas and projects. During the first years of PIEp, in the build-up phase, a large effort has been placed on creating an international network of 'innovation friends'. We strongly believe that there is no need to invent the wheel again - rather we have an obligation to search for, find and gather all relevant actors within this field, on the global arena. Within the rather limited network of partners and friends we have established this far, we have explored several common interest areas, including activities such as university-spanning workshops and collaborative projects.