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The CDIO Initiative (CDIO is a trademarked initialism for "Conceive Design Implement Operate") is an educational framework stressing engineering fundamentals set in the context of conceiving, designing, implementing and operating real-world systems and products. Throughout the world, CDIO Initiative collaborators have adopted CDIO as the framework of their curricular planning and outcome-based assessment.


The CDIO concept was originally conceived at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the late 1990s.[1] In 2000, MIT in collaboration with three Swedish universities - Chalmers University of Technology, Linköping University and the Royal Institute of Technology — formally founded the CDIO Initiative.[2] It became an international collaboration, with universities around the world adopting the same framework.[3]

CDIO collaborators recognize that an engineering education is acquired over a long period and in a variety of institutions, and that educators in all parts of this spectrum can learn from practice elsewhere. The CDIO network therefore welcomes members in a diverse range of institutions ranging from research-led internationally acclaimed universities to local colleges dedicated to providing students with their initial grounding in engineering.

The collaborators maintain a dialogue about what works and what does not and continue to refine the project. Determining additional members of the collaboration is a selective process managed by a Council comprising original members and early adopters.[4]

The CDIO syllabus consists of four parts[5]

  1. Technical knowledge and reasoning
  2. Personal and professional skills
  3. Interpersonal skills
  4. CDIO


The following institutions collaborate in the CDIO initiative:[6]


CDIO currently has two guide books. Rethinking Engineering Education and Think like an engineer.


  • Edward Crawley; Johan Malmqvist; Sören Östlund; Doris Brodeur (2007). Rethinking Engineering Education, The CDIO Approach. Springer. ISBN 978-0-387-38287-6. 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ CDIO Retrieved March 29, 2010
  2. ^ "Wallenberg CDIO documents". Archived from the original on March 16, 2005. 
  3. ^ "CDIO Collaborators". Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ Join CDIO Retrieved March 29, 2010
  5. ^ Edward F. Crawley (2002). "Creating the CDIO Syllabus, A Universal Template for engineering education" (PDF). Frontiers in Education, 2002. FIE 2002. 32nd Annual. Frontiers in Education. 2. IEEE. ISBN 0-7803-7444-4. doi:10.1109/FIE.2002.1158202. 
  6. ^ [1], retrieved May 16, 2016


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