Courses for teaching leadership capacity in professional engineering degrees in Australia and Europe

Khattak, Hamid and Ku, Harry and Goh, Steven (2012) Courses for teaching leadership capacity in professional engineering degrees in Australia and Europe. European Journal of Engineering Education, 37 (3). pp. 279-296. ISSN 0304-3797

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Recently many educational institutions across the globe have implemented engineering leadership programs either as a part of formal engineering curriculum or where leadership development is embedded into separate in-house programs. This shows a clear intent of these educational institutions to prepare their engineering students for solving the real world problems, recognizing that both technical and leadership skills are valuable for tomorrow’s engineers. Leadership programs in engineering education have been implemented in various formats with varying degrees of success. It has already been identified in research studies that 80-90% of the engineering leadership programs offered explicitly across the globe were based in the United States of America. However, in Europe and Australia, there is a noticeable lack of engineering leadership programs, particularly in undergraduate curriculum. In Australia, it has been identified that only two universities offered a comprehensive program that catered for engineering leadership and both of them were at the post-graduate level. There are other leadership initiatives undertaken by industry in Australia in collaboration with universities but non-explicit in nature. Similarly, Europe is not far ahead. Few engineering universities across the United Kingdom offer leadership programs either as comprehensive degree courses or in modular forms. In the rest of Europe, only Belgium offers a comprehensive explicit program at the postgraduate level. The programs which are offered across Australia and Europe have distinct design and delivery styles but there are certain key features which are common to most of the programs including professional partnerships, mentoring, engineering design and project-based approaches.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2012 05:00
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 04:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: engineering leadership program; Europe; Australia; curriculum; project-based approaches; engineering design
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/03043797.2012.684671

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