About CDIO

The CDIO™ Initiative is an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers. The framework provides students with an education stressing engineering fundamentals set in the context of Conceiving — Designing — Implementing — Operating (CDIO) 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.

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.

Several times each year CDIO collaborating institutions gather to exchange ideas and experiences, review developments at each institution, assess the Initiative’s progress and further refine the project. The meetings offer many opportunities to learn about CDIO and to discuss its implementation in new locations.

The CDIO Annual International Conference is the largest meeting of the year and includes presentation of papers and other special seminars, workshops, events and activities. Other schools and their individuals interested in CDIO are welcome and encouraged to attend.