The CDIO Initiative


The Active Engineering philosophy derives from those of CDIO, an initiative that holds project based learning at the heart of its credentials.

The framework provides students with an education, stressing engineering fundamentals set in the context of Conceiving, Designing, Implementing and Operating (CDIO) real-world systems and products.

Aston University has always prided itself on being a university able to provide practically relevant courses at all levels. Here at Aston, we want to make sure we can continue to do this, and are evolving our programmes to allow you to develop our students learning by engaging in practical, cross-disciplinary project-based work.

We strongly believe, and research backs this up, that the essence of our students becoming an engineer or designer is not only dependent on developing technical knowledge. It is also being able to combine this with practical engineering skills, social awareness, team and project management abilities, and competences in many other fields to solve engineering problems.

We work with our students using a much more practical, project-based approach to teaching and learning. We want to move away from intense and assessment-heavy teaching and move to a culture where students have space, encouragement and discover "learning to learn" for themselves.

This philosophy is supported by around 50 of the world's top technical institutions, including Aston, who have gathered to share best teaching practice in what is known as the CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate) initiative. Universities we work with on this initiative include Liverpool and Queens (Belfast) in the UK, MIT and Purdue in the United States, Chalmers and the Danish Technical University in Scandinavia and Tsinghua in China.

Aston Engineering & Design students have recently won a competition after participating in a CDIO Conference in Barcelona. More information.


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