Global Engineering Teams (GET) is a collaborative educational program between the Pennsylvania State University, USA; the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile; the Stellenbosch University, South Africa; the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany; the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil and the University of Botswana, Botswana. Purpose of GET is to enable the student to work successfully in international teams of interdisciplinary projects from the area of engineer's sciences.
GET was created in 2004 by Marco Eisenberg of the Technische Universität Berlin. Since then over 200 students were trained by successfully finishing over 40 projects distributed over nine years of GET. In 2009 GET was honored with the Baumgarten-Wagon Award for excellent contribution to engineering education.
The educational concept of GET is derived from project organized problem based learning work. It is marked by the initiative of the students who are divided at the beginning of the course into multinational teams in small groups of 4 or 6 students. All project scopes are defined by industrial partners.
The challenge for the students is to work on their project with partners from other countries and cultures over the distance. At the beginning of the project, students meet each other face to face for team building and project planning. This is followed by project work conducted separated all over the globe at their home universities. At the end of the project, they meet to integrate each others work into the final work result.
Students experience how to manage and plan a real project in a worldwide spread team. During this work they overcome barriers of culture and multidisciplinary interfaces.
The industry partner benefit from the innovative solutions for their projects. Innovation is here based on multidisciplinary, intercultural input within the project team. The industry partner contributes to funding this form of education.