Reform and Development of Engineering Education in New Technology Age
2019 CDIO Asian Regional Meeting

25-27 March 2019

Dalian Neusoft University of Information

Dalian, Liaoning, China

CDIO in DNUI: History

CDIO's progress in DNUI

Back to 2001, Dalian Neusoft University of Information (DNUI) formulated and implemented an engineering education reform named ‘Five-Dimensions Knowledge Framework' that divided learning outcomes into five high-level categories. The underlying aims of this framework are in line with CDIO. That is to identify the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that engineering students should possess as they leave the university, and how proficient they should be. Thus it had paved the way for DNUI's application of CDIO approach to its education reform in 2008.

DNUI's engineering education reform: from Five-Dimensions Knowledge Framework to TOPCARES-CDIO


With CDIO knowledge framework and further research into the industry, companies and stakeholders, DNUI issued TOPCARES-CDIO competence goals system in 2008, which inherited and innovated the CDIO framework, and then constructed its own competence goals system. TOPCARES-CDIO is a comprehensive and systematic reform directed by CDIO philosophy in teaching and learning. It was first implemented to engineering programs and then to all DNUI's undergraduate programs including business, language and art programs.

TOPCARES-CDIO's refining and instancing in CDIO

The TOPCARES-CDIO competence goals system is composed of 8 first-level goals, 34 second-level goals and 126 third-level goals. ‘TOPCARES' is the acronym of the eight first-level competence goals. It also stands for the supreme affection and responsibility education bears to students: by promoting students' comprehensive development in knowledge, skills and attitudes synergistically, TOPCARES-CDIO system enables universities to help students creating their own values, so they can further create social values with application practices. The system, as shown in Figure 4, combined with international accreditation agreements' requirements (Washington Accords, Sydney Accords, and Dublin Accords), and industry expectation for talents, are then reflected in the learning objectives of different programs. Hence the graduate attributes and related competence goals of different programs can be listed explicitly.

DNUI's blueprint of innovative engineering talent nurturing system adopted CDIO approach

TOPCARES-CDIO integrates professional education, all-around development education, and innovative and entrepreneurial education into talent nurturing plans. Its integrated curriculum is outcome-based, pulled by a five-level projects system, and dynamically updated with industry progress. DNUI set up Student Office and Venture Office (SOVO) in 2002, a department offering entrepreneurial training, service, capital, network and culture, to improve its graduates' innovative and entrepreneurial attributes as well as its ability to incubate start-ups.

DNUI's innovation and entrepreneurial education platform: SOVO (Student Office & Venture Office)

DNUI's “4A” Flexible Learning Environment and up-to-date engineering resources environment enable students to learn Anytime, Anywhere, by Anyway and with Any-content.

“4A” Flexible Learning Environment Base on Cloud Platform

At DNUI, we encourage lecturers to acquire practical experience in their professions. Around 60% of faculty have dual-qualifications, dual-income, and dual-positions from both university and industry, and are capable of bilingual teaching.

Dual qualified, dual income, dual positions, bilingual teaching faculty in DNUI

We also build an all-around quality assurance system that helps us ensuring the quality of every aspect of student learning experience.

DNUI's quality assurance system

At present, TOPCARES-CDIO, with wide recognition, has received much concern at home and abroad. With its continuous progress, DNUI students are able to apply what they've learnt, let their wisdom inspired and creativity sparkle, become the backbone of the industry, and contribute to the society.

Premier Li Keqiang visited DNUI and talked with student entrepreneurs in SOVO, 28th June 2017

DNUI students won the First Prize in the 7th Computer Application Ability and Information Literacy Contest, 22th May 2017

DNUI students won the international silver award in the 21st Japanese Rugby Robot Contest, 16th to 18th December 2016

With a new round of industry revolution taking place worldwide, our domestic manufacturing sector will gradually be reshaped and upgraded. Future industry requires talents that are innovative, globally competent, socially responsible, and most importantly, can Conceive-Design-Implement and Operate complex real-world engineering problems. And it is DNUI's mission to prepare students for this future. We believe that with our efforts and devotion, we will fulfill this mission, and become a leading university which is Characteristic, High-standard, Entrepreneurial and Application-oriented.

CDIO in DNUI: Publications

Over the years, academics at DNUI have published hundreds of research papers about TOPCARES-CDIO in several conferences and core journals at home and abroad, some of which are as follows:

TitlesAuthorJournal/Meeting Name
The Exploration of building Integrated Talents Nurturing Model Based on TOPCARES-CDIOWen TaoCHINA HIGHER EDUCATION
The Exploration and Practice of Integrated Talents Nurturing Model Based on TOPCARES-CDIOWen TaoComputer Education
Deepening Teaching and Learning Reform and Construction an Integrated Model of TOPCARES-CDIO Talent NurturingWen TaoProceedings of 7th China - Europe International Symposium on Software Industry - Oriented Education
Research and Practice on Accessing Talents Training Program Based on TOPCARES-CDIODong Wei, Wang ShiyongResearch in Higher Education of Engineering
Research and Practice of the Assessment to the Students' Learning Effect Based on TOPCARES-CDIO Strategy for Engineering EducationWang Shiyong, Liu Long, Dong WeiResearch in Higher Education of Engineering
Exploration of TOPCARES-CDIO Cultivation Model for Digital Arts TalentsYu QingjunEngineering Leadership in Innovation and Design
UTILIZING CDIO ENGINEERING WORKSPACES TO FACILITATESun Xiaoling, Wen Tao, Guo QuanProceedings of the 9th International CDIO
Design and Implement of Level-Three Project based on TOPCARES-CDIO Engineering EducationDong Wei2013 International Conference on Education Technology and Information System
Research on Single Chip Computer Teaching Reform under CDIO Engineering Education ModeZhang Fuyan, Zheng Chunjun2013 International Conference on Education Technology and Information System
Talent-training Mode Innovation Analysis of CDIO and Personality TraitsSun Nan, Qin Long, Yu Dan2013 International Conference of Education and Teaching
Exploring the Practical Teaching Curriculum System Base on TOPCARES-CDIOPeng Zhihao, Xiong Yaohua, Chen Minghua, Qiu Jianhua2011 3nd International Conference on Information、Electronic and Computer Science
E-Business Teaching Reform Based on CDIO Take“Website Planning & Operation”As An ExampleTian Huiyi, Gao Zitang, Cui Yanqing2011 2nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Management Science and Electronic Commerce
The Practice Base Construction of Engineering Education Based on TOPCARES-CDIO ModelTang Dejun, Jin Haiyi2011 the International Conference on E-Business and E-Government
Design and Implement of Practical Teaching System Based on TOPCARES-CDIOQiu Jianhua, Xiong Yaohua, Peng Zhihao2011 Teaching Seminar on Science and Engineering Course in Higher Education
Research on the Application of CDIO Training Model in Engineering Speciality of Ordinary UniversityJiang Zhong, Xiong Yaohua2011 Teaching Seminar on Science and Engineering Course in Higher Education
Research of “Production-study-research” Integrated Talents Nurturing Model Based on TOPCARES-CDIOZheng ChunjunThe Conference on Higher Education Development and Teaching Reform
Research on Training Mode of Master of Software Engineering Based on TOPCARES-CDIO Educational PhilosophyMa Jun, Zhou Yiqing, Ma Xiaoqin2010 Conference on Higher Education Development
A CDIO-based Teaching Quality Monitoring System for Computer Science and Technology Specialty at Private UniversitiesJin Haiyi, Tang Dejun2010 International Conference on E-Health Networking, Digital Ecosystems and Technologies Proceedings
The Revolution of SOVO Practical Teaching Center based-on TOPCARES-CDIOTong LinProceedings of 2010 Third International Conference on Education Technology and Training