This webinar will present the outcomes of a watershed project that is the outcome of a partnership between UNESCO, the World Federation of Engineering Organisations and the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) that governs the multilateral mutual recognition accords for engineering education. The International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and the International Centre for Engineering Education (ICEE), a UNESCO Category II Centre based at Tsinghua University were also participants in this work.
These important international engineering groups have come together to review the IEA Graduate Attributes and Professional Competency (GAPC) Framework to ensure that engineers have the right skills for the needs of people and the planet and for our future prosperity. This project has brought together leaders in engineering education and professional development, for a new global benchmark for engineering education that represents a paradigm shift in the outcomes of engineering education for engineers, technologists and technicians and that will be the basis of mutual recognition of qualifications and the mobility of engineers for the signatories to the IEA accords and agreements.
By 2021, it is hoped that the IEA will have an updated engineering education benchmark that will be the template to guide engineering educators to ensure that in addition to the basic sciences and engineering topics, the curriculum develops skills and understanding of sustainable development, diversity and inclusion, complex problem solving which includes consideration of environmental, social and cultural impacts, the ability to use new information technology and data and to embrace lifelong learning to adapt to new technologies and emerging engineering disciplines.
This webinar will explain the proposed Framework and the process of review and consultation to date. Further consultation is planned with the members of WFEO, the members of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), an important partner of WFEO, where the views of the engineering educators will be sought, and with other WFEO partners including with the International Federation of Consulting Engineering Organisations (FIDIC), and the International Network for Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES). The webinar itself will be an important part of the communication and consultation process with the members of IFEES and engineering educators around the world.