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European Project Semester EPS 2010

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  1. European Project SemesterEPS 2010 Avans Hogeschool University of Professional Education Den Bosch, The Netherlands EPS coordinator: Lourens Boot (ld.boot@avans.nl)

  2. Summary • What is EPS ? • Why participate in EPS ? • EPS program at Avans • EPS projects at Avans • How is EPS structured ? • Supporting courses • Why attend EPS at Avans ?

  3. What is EPS ? • European Project Semester is for third year students • Developed by Engineering College of Copenhagen (IHK); offered since 1995 • EPS is offered by Avans Hogeschool in Den Bosch since Autumn 2002; recently also by Oslo, Lodz, Kiel, Valencia, Barcelona, Tarbes (Fra) and Vasa (Fi). • Project based learning on an integrated engineering design and business project • First 5 weeks: short, concentrated courses • Next 15 weeks: project work (through end of January) • 30 ECTS credits semester (Courses 6,5 + project 23,5)

  4. Why participate in EPS ? • Industry needs professionals with multi-disciplinary and multicultural project work experience • Great personal experience and broadens your horizon • Learn to work in a multi-cultural and multi-national group • Make many new international friends

  5. EPS - Characteristics • Work on an internationally oriented project, with a local company • Most projects have a multi-disciplinary focus: • Technical / Commercial • ICT / Commercial • Technical / Logistic • Multi-disciplinary and multinational groups of 4 - 5 students

  6. EPS 2010 Program offered at Avans • When: - From 26 August – 28 January - Max five groups / 25 students • Where: Avans, University of Professional Education in Den Bosch, The Netherlands • Language: English; Proficiency level B1

  7. Participants in EPS 2009 • Savonia Polytechnic, Finland - 1 student • Metropolia Polytechnic, Finland - 2 students • Fachhochschule, Kiel, Germany - 4 students • University of Cantabria, Spain - 2 students • Universidad de Barcelona, Spain - 1 students • ESIEE, Paris - 3 students • Universidad Polytech de Valencia - 1 student • UIT Le Mans, France - 1 student • Avans Technical Univ, Holland - 6 students • Telecom Bretagne, Brest - 2 students Total: 23 students

  8. EPS 2008 students

  9. EPS projects at Avans • Formation of project groups before arrival • Carry out an industrial project, at a company, in teamwork • Company pays monthly salary for minimal 2 students (ca € 700 - € 800; divide among all group members)

  10. Examples of EPS projects • Research Spanish, French, Polish and German market for new applications for QC Vision system (SPC in Nieuwkuijk) • Analyse the internal organization and evaluate opportunities for entering the German market (Hanenberg, Nistelrode) • Evaluate the installation of weightmeasuring devices in the production line of candy bars (Mars, Veghel)

  11. How is EPS structured at Avans ? Wk 0 Introduction Avans and EPS Wk 1- 5 Supporting courses 75% Project work 25% Wk 6 -20 Project work 90% Courses (English+Dutch) 10%

  12. How is EPS structured ? (2) Wk 0+7 Social activity + cultural excursion Wk 11 Interim report Wk 19 Social activity Wk 18 Submission final report Wk 20 Presentation end report EPS graduation ceremony

  13. Social activities

  14. Supporting Courses: - International Teambuilding - Product design engineering - Project management - Cross-cultural business behaviour - International marketing & Market research - European law and intellectual property rights - English and Dutch

  15. EPS assessments Courses – Total 7 ECTS Project – Total 23 ECTS • Written end report: 45% - Technical content 25% - Commercial value 20% • Project execution: 35% - Evaluation tutor + Peer assessment • Oral presentation final report: 20%

  16. The beautiful city ofDen Bosch

  17. Why attend EPS at Avans in Den Bosch ? (1) • Live in a very centrally located country: close to Germany, England and France • Get acquainted with Holland, its culture and its business community • Den Bosch is a great city to live! Rent room € 250 - € 375 per month, p/p.

  18. Why attend EPS at Avans ? (2) • Reactions from some EPS students: • “EPS was an awesome experience and my English skills really impoved” • “It was an incredible experience, learned a lot and met a lot of really nice people” • “The experience to work in a company, with many foreign students was very valuable

  19. Why participate in EPS at Avans in Den Bosch ? (3) • Work at a modern university, five minutes walk from train station • Separate EPS workroom (incl 8 computers with internet access) • Large modern library with many additional computers, printers and workrooms

  20. See you at Avans in Den Bosch! • Final date for registration: April 30th, 2010! • Application form available: Avans website: www.avans.nl (English section) • In addition to application form, you need to mail us: • Academic credits • Proof of Proficiency in English, level B1 • Your curriculum vitae (resume) • Letter of motivation