ABOUT

Welcome to International Capstone Project Exchange, a network of universities and companies that collaborate to give students real-world international experience.

Using the telecommuting concept, teams of capstone students complete projects for industry partners in other countries. The exchange helps universities and companies from around the world connect.

How the Exchange Works
Universities can request to join the International Capstone Project Exchange at www.ndsu.edu/cs/icpe. Once the university is registered, the faculty facilitator can request to be paired with a university in another country that is working with students in the same or a complementary discipline. That university will find a company to sponsor a project for your students, and you will find a company to sponsor a project for their students. The exchanges, however, are not required to run at the same time. Project timelines are based on each university’s academic calendar. Your responsibility to your university partner is to help them connect with a company in your country. Once that occurs, your role in that exchange is complete. Likewise, once you are connected with a company in another country, your university partner will step away. You and the company will work together to shape the experience.

An Option
Some university partners choose to have teams from both universities work on the same project.

Why Join?
An international capstone exchange helps students round out their education by combining teamwork with application of skills in
an international business setting. It also gives them the opportunity to make make industry contacts and to develop skills that make them more marketable:

  • Working as a team to achieve a goal
  • Communicating in a professional, team-oriented, international setting
  • Understanding the global context of situations
  • Being aware of cultural differences in the workplace
  • Identifying cross-functional roles and relationships
  • Finding innovative solutions to challenges, such as language barriers, time zone issues and technology preferences

Benefits for companies include:

  • Get a small project completed by university students at little or no cost
  • See upcoming graduates in action for recruiting purposes
  • Establish relationships with university contacts
  • Give students real-world experience in preparation for the workforce
  • Gain experience managing international projects

Subject Areas
The exchange is open to any discipline, and any other areas where there may be interest are welcome. Current projects are in computer science, software engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, bio-engineering, biology, environmental management, biological engineering, international marketing, and international journalism.

Various Project Exchange Models

  • Default/Standard: 1-1 pairing where each university finds an industry sponsor for a student team in the paired country
  • Subcontract: one university subcontracts a part of a larger industry sponsored project to students in the paired country
  • Joint Development: teams of students from the two universities work together on the same project (can be harder to manage)
  • Exchange of Research Oriented Projects: in some disciplines (e.g. chemistry) industry sponsored projects are not common, so faculty sponsored research oriented projects may be used

Collaborators

  • Austria
  • Columbia
  • Germany
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Sweden
  • Romania
  • Qatar
  • United States of America