PRIME: An Integrated and Sustainable Undergraduate International Research Program

ABSTRACT

Recently we have seen an increase in the calls for universities and the education community to re-think undergraduate education and create opportunities that prepare students as effective global professionals. The key motivator is the need to build a research and industrial workforce that works collaboratively across cultures and disciplines to address major global challenges.

At the same time, computing, information, and communication technology facilitates a comprehensive ‘cyberinfrastructure’ on which new types of scientific and engineering knowledge environments and organizations can be constructed. We describe our four-year pilot experience with the Pacific Rim Experiences for Undergraduates (PRIME) project.

The goals of PRIME are to: develop an integrated and sustainable undergraduate international research program that serves as a model for 21st Century undergraduate education; prepare students to become effective global professionals and citizens; and give students a head-start on careers in science, engineering and technology research. We discuss the design and motivation for the scheme, salient implementation details, outcomes to date and discuss challenges of scalability and sustainability.

Shinji Shimojo National Institute of Information and Communications Technology Otemachi Research Center Otemachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Shinji Shimojo
National Institute of Information and Communications Technology
Otemachi Research Center
Otemachi, Chiyoda, Tokyo

Jim Galvin University of California at San Diego La Jolla, CA

Jim Galvin
University of California at San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Kai Nan Computer Network Information Center (CNIC) Chinese Academy of Sciences Beijng, China

Kai Nan
Computer Network Information Center (CNIC)
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Beijng, China

Fang-Pang Lin National Center for High Performance Computing Science-based Industrial Park Hsinchu, Taiwan

Fang-Pang Lin
National Center for High Performance Computing
Science-based Industrial Park
Hsinchu, Taiwan

Susumu Date Cybermedia Center Osaka University Osaka, Japan

Susumu Date
Cybermedia Center
Osaka University
Osaka, Japan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peter Arzberger University of California at San Diego La Jolla, CA

Peter Arzberger
University of California at San Diego
La Jolla, CA

Gabriele Wienhausen University of California at San Diego La Jolla, CA

Gabriele Wienhausen
University of California at San Diego
La Jolla, CA

David Abramson Faculty of Information Technology Monash University Clayton, Vic, Australia

David Abramson
Faculty of Information Technology
Monash University
Clayton, Vic, Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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