Toward CDIO Standards 3.0
Paper in proceeding, 2019

The topic of this paper is the CDIO Standards, specifically the formulation of CDIO Standards version 3.0. The paper first reviews the potential change drivers that motivate a revision of the Standards. Such change drivers are identified both externally (i.e., from outside of the CDIO community) and internally. It is found that external change drivers have affected the perceptions of what problems engineers should address, what knowledge future engineers should possess and what are the most effective teaching practices in engineering education. Internally, the paper identifies criticism of the Standards, as well as ideas for development, that have been codified as proposed additional CDIO Standards. With references to these change drivers, five areas are identified for the revision: sustainability, digitalization of teaching and learning; service; and faculty competence. A revised version of the Standards is presented. In addition, it is proposed that a new category of Standards is established, “optional standards”. Optional Standards are a complement to the twelve “basic” Standards, and serve to guide educational development and profiling beyond the current Standards. A selected set of proposed optional Standards are recommended for further evaluation and possibly acceptance by the CDIO community.

Learning environments


Sustainable development


Faculty competence



Johan Malmqvist

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Maria Knutson Wedel

Undergrad and masters education

Ulrika Lundqvist

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Physical Resource Theory

Kristina Edström

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Anders Rosén

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Thomas Fruergaard Astrup

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Martin Vigild

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Peter Munkebo Hussmann

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Audum Grom

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Reidar Lyng

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Svante Gunnarsson

Linköping University

Helene Leong-Wee Kwee Huay

Singapore Polytechnic

Aldert Kamp

Delft University of Technology

The 15th International CDIO Conference
Aarhus, Denmark,

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

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Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

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Learning and teaching

Pedagogical work

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