IFEES Global Bulletin of Engineering Education
February 14, 2014

WEEF 2013 Cartagena de Indias Report by ACOFI, Colombia.
Please click here to read report.
Please click here to read full report prepared by IFEES leaders and Secretariat Staff.

19 December 2013
GEDC 2013 Chicago Conference Report

– Message from GEDC Chair and Immediate-Past Chair

Since its beginning just five years ago, the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) has positioned itself as the premier organization for engineering deans around the world. With a vision to transform engineering schools in support of societies in a global economy, the GEDC partners with academia, industry and non-governmental organizations to achieve its vision. The 2013 annual conference provided deans from around the world an opportunity to learn more
about online digital education and the impact it has on the roles of our faculty. The conference also provided the participants the opportunity to meet new colleagues, deepen existing partnerships, and participate in professional development.  A highlight of the 2013 conference was the initiation of the GEDC Airbus Diversity Award. The award was established as a partnership between Airbus and the GEDC to recognize and encourage individual contributions to broadening participation in engineering. More specifically, the award recognizes individuals who have been proactive in encouraging students of all profiles and backgrounds (regardless of gender, social backgrounds, nationality, culture or disability) to study and succeed in engineering. Our long-term objective is to ensure that engineering schools and industry reflect the diversity of the communities they support, with diversity recognized as a driver for innovation. The conference also presented the opportunity for members to review the GEDC strategy that was written at the Singapore conference in 2010. A key development was the recognition of the growing importance of our corporate partners. The GEDC is growing rapidly, particularly through the formation of national and regional chapters. Companies have recognized that the GEDC is an excellent forum for connecting with deans who are responsible for producing the future generation of students and the quality of their programs. There is no other body with this geographical breadth of representation in the business of engineering education and research, and the GEDC will work to build these corporate relationships.
The 2013 Annual Conference of the Global Engineering Deans Council on “Globalization, Technology Enhanced Education and Transformed Faculty Roles” was co-chaired by Dr. Peter Kilpatrick, Dean, College of Engineering, University of Notre Dame, USA and Dr. Paul Peercy, Dean Emeritus, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin, USA. It was held at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, USA, October 20-22, 2013. The outstanding program and magnificent venue attracted more than 230 participants.  We thank everyone who participated in and contributed to this Conference. We hope to see you again in Dubai in 2014.

John Beynon, Chair of GEDC
Dean of Engineering, University of Adelaide, Australia

Sarah Rajala, Immediate-Past Chair of GEDC
Dean of Engineering Dean of Engineering, Iowa State University, USA

Please the following link to view the full report.
GEDC 2013 Chicago Conference Report Final



29 January 2013

The Attributes of a Global Engineer Project

What knowledge, skills, abilities, and characteristics are needed by engineering professionals living and working in an increasingly global context? At what stage of an engineer’s professional development are these attributes acquired and applied? In what ways do academicians, employers, policymakers, and others play a role in equipping engineering students and practitioners with such attributes? And to what extent are there similarities and differences in the nature of expected attributes based on one’s background or location? This paper describes the stakeholder-driven process to identify and define attributes of a global engineer; survey development and sampling procedures; summary of key findings-to-date; preliminary interpretations; and brief discussion and next steps.
WEEF 2012 Attributes of a Global Engineer

22 January 2013

By Dr. Ruth Graham

A series of reports from The Royal Academy of Engineering (The Royal Academy of Engineering, 2006, 2007, 2010)has demonstrated that change in undergraduate engineering education is urgently needed to ensure graduates remain equipped for the new and complex challenges of the 21st century.
However, the necessary transformation in the structure and delivery of undergraduate provision has yet to take place across the Higher Education sector. There is a growing appreciation that the slow pace of change reflects the difficulties of catalysing and sustaining educational reform within engineering departments and schools. The case for reform is recognised; the challenge is to make it happen. The pressing issue for engineering education is not whether but how to change.
The report turns the spotlight on this issue. It examines how positive change can be achieved across the engineering curriculum, looking specifically at how reform can be initiated, implemented and sustained within engineering departments and schools. The report draws on the experiences of those involved in major programmes of engineering education reform across the world with the aim of distilling the common features of success and failure. A two stage study was conducted between January and October 2011. Firstly, interviews were conducted with 70 international experts from 15 countries, each with first-hand experience of curriculum change in engineering. The interviews provided insight into a wide range of examples of curricular reform from across the world, offering a highlevel view of the features associated with successful and unsuccessful change. Secondly, six examples were selected from those identified through the expert interviews to investigate in detail how significant educational reform can be achieved. The six case studies are all highly-regarded, selected to provide a spectrum of drivers for reform, change strategies, levels of ambition, geographical locations and stages in the change process (see box right). A further 117 individuals were consulted for these case studies.

Excelencia Formacion Ingenieria

Educational change summary report


17 January 2013

By C.D. Mote, Jr,

“Strategic Issues Facing Public Universities”

“Global Partnerships: Drivers and Relationships”


5 December 2012

IFEES:  Enhancing Engineering Education at a Global Scale


3 October 2012

IFEES Quarterly Newsletter – The Global Bulletin of Engineering Education


22 April 2011

IFEES Members Share Association Newsletters

We have just started the sharing of newsletters of IFEES members as an important part of sharing our best practices.

AAEE (Australasian Association for Engineering Education)

IGIP (International Society for Engineering Education)

SEFI (European Society for Engineering Education)

IUCEE (Indo-US Collaboration for Engineering Education)

ASIBEI (Asociacion Iberoamericana de Instituciones de Ensenanza de la Ingenieria)

13 November 2009

IFEES Publication on Engineering Education on a Global Scale

Several IFEES member society representatives have collaborated to write an extensive piece on engineering education on a global scale which will be published in a future UNESCO book. This report can be found here.

30 October 2009

A New Book on Engineering Education

Innovation and Assessment of Engineering Curricula. Valladolid 2009. – This book a collection of the presentations and other activities carried out at an International Symposium jointly organized by the University of Valladolid and SEFI Curriculum Development Working Group (CDWG) in May 2009. The Symposium was a discussion oriented meeting on topics such as Curriculum Innovation, Accreditation and Assessment, Active Learning, Project and Problem Based Learning, and Examples of Good Practice in Engineering Education.

The information is arranged in several blocks, beginning with one containing the invited lectures. It is followed by papers from the different working sessions and poster presentations, arranged within each block alphabetically by the name of their first authors. The last section contains reports of the working sessions followed by one of the panel round on curriculum innovation, and workshop on innovation and assessment of curricula, in the English and the Spanish sessions.

The contents of the book can be downloaded.

14 April 2009

A Report of the National Summit Meeting on the Globalization of Engineering Education is now complete

IFEES Secretariat wants to share the recently published report and the Newport Declaration that came out of a NSF sponsored workshop in late 2008, bringing together a small group of primarily US academicians, NSF representatives and Hans J Hoyer.

20 February 2009

IFEES Secretariat Launches IFEES Newsletter

The IFEES Secretariat, as a part of its efforts to improve communication and to better serve members’ needs, is happy to present a semi-monthly IFEES Newsletter. Recognizing that many of the members are very busy professionals who have little time to browse IFEES website, the Secretariat wants to bring the most important IFEES news to the members in the most engaging, succinct and efficient way. Besides providing with a short update from the IFEES Secretariat, IFEES Newsletter is created to inform about upcoming events and meetings that may be of interest to the members, as well as to provide them with an opportunity to get to know each other through an “IFEES Member Spotlight” feature. The IFEES Newsletter now available for download (PDF: 126KB).

22 January 2009

Indian Students Report from the 7th Annual ASEE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education and 3rd Global Student Forum Now Online

The Report, prepared by the Indian students, from the 7th Annual ASEE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education and 3rd Global Student Forum (GSF), which were co-located with the Second IFEES Global Engineering Education Summit on October 19-20, 2009, in Cape Town, South Africa, is now available for download (PDF: 659KB). Ten students from India, who participated in these activities, were sponsored by Infosys.

7 January 2009

 Meeting of the IFEES Assembly of Members Minutes

The Minutes from the Meeting of the IFEES Assembly of Members are now available for download PDF (PDF: 24KB).Meeting of the IFEES Assembly of Members Minutes


24 November 2008

November 2008 IFEES Secretariat Report Now Online

The November IFEES Secretariat Report is now available for downloadPDF (PDF: 3,838KB). This document has been prepared for the ISTE/IFEES Asia Pacific Regional Conference (APRC).



24 October 2008

Paris Declaration
Inaugural Statement of the Global Engineering Deans Council

On May 8 and 9, 2008, leaders of engineering education from prestigious institutions converged from all continents to create the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC). This document contains the reproduction and translations of their inaugural statement, “the Paris declaration of the GEDC”.

Available here (PDF: 3,838KB)