Hybrid PhD program in Engineering with Global Cooperation

As we entered the new millennium and projected the need of engineers in 2025, it was obvious that raising bar in engineering education must be supplemented with specialized individuals with PhD. NSF report was convincing to increase the number of PhD’s in the US with available statistics due to the shortage of PhD’s across the borders to create and develop sustainable infrastructure. With individuals with experience in the industry or the field, such a degree will be a valuable tool and also an asset if we have to move forward. The author developed a niche program for PhD with no geographic boundaries but with diligent work towards the degree. After substantial research, the Hybrid PhD program was developed and is being implemented in India and other western countries initially in civil engineering. It is concluded that the advantages in techniques, time and cost will make it a valuable program.

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