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The CDIO Initiative 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. CDIO is a trademarked initialism for Conceive Design Implement Operate.



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 revised syllabus consists of four parts:[5][6]

  1. Disciplinary knowledge and reasoning
  2. Personal and professional skills and attributes
  3. Interpersonal skills: teamwork and communication
  4. Conceiving, designing, implementing, and operating systems in the enterprise, societal, and environmental context


The following institutions collaborate in the CDIO initiative:[7]


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. 

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  1. ^ CDIO Retrieved March 29, 2010
  2. ^ "Wallenberg CDIO documents". Archived from the original on March 16, 2005. 
  3. ^ "CDIO Collaborators". Archived from the original on January 2, 2012. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2010-03-29.  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. doi:10.1109/FIE.2002.1158202. ISBN 0-7803-7444-4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-27. 
  6. ^ Crawley, Edward F. (June 20, 2011). "The CDIO Syllabus v2.0 An Updated Statement of Goals for Engineering Education" (PDF). CDIO. Retrieved January 3, 2018. 
  7. ^ [1], retrieved May 16, 2016


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