Tektronix undergraduate lab

Tektronix, Fluke and Keithley, the test and measurement subsidiaries of Washington, D.C. based Danaher, have joined the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program (HEEAP) with a $300,000 donation of laboratory test equipment and cash scholarships for faculty training.

Donations to the program will include a range of industry leading oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, power supplies, arbitrary waveform generators and other instrumentation to be used by students at the HEEAP partner universities.  Scholarships will provide funding for faculty from the partner universities to participate in HEEAP training programs to develop and implement instructional improvement projects.

Through HEEAP, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Portland State University’s Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science (PSU), Intel, Siemens and other industry partners have teamed up with eight top technical universities and colleges in Vietnam on a collaborative initiative to improve the quality of Vietnam’s higher education curriculum and support the country’s growing high-tech industry.

HEEAP works closely with Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training, the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and leadership at partner universities and technical colleges to implement programs and broad infrastructure that supports faculty training, curricula development and hands-on student learning experiences. Students gain the technical expertise, language proficiency, and the soft skills and competencies needed to succeed.

HEEAP was initiated in 2010 with funding from USAID, Intel and ASU. That same year, 25 professors from five universities attended a six-week Summer Institute at ASU. This first cohort is implementing changes in curriculum, designing new courses and revamping existing courses and labs based on learning outcomes. Additional faculty will be trained each year and all will return home to train their peers on new methodologies.

The program continues to attract industry support. In addition to new partners Tektronix, Fluke and Keithley, founding partners USAID and Intel announced a $2 million expansion to include a vocational track and Siemens announced a $71 million in-kind software grant.

More information: www.heeap.org.

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