Need for a global accord for the postgraduate learning of engineers

Goh, Steven and Baker, Nelson (2012) Need for a global accord for the postgraduate learning of engineers. In: 13th IACEE World Conference on Continuing Engineering Education (WCCEE 2012), 17-19 May 2012, Valencia, Spain.

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Abstract

This paper argues the case for the establishment of a global accord for the postgraduate learning journey of engineers in a globalized and complex world. The establishment of agreements covering educational qualifications in engineering and competence standards for practicing engineers such as the Washington Accord in 1989 and APEC Engineer agreement in 1999 have resulted in increased engineering mobility and improved global standards, especially as related to entry level engineering curricular requirements. However, one could suggest that the capability to perform provided by these competencies agreements do not ensure the professional development of engineers are complementary and adequate for them to perform in an increasing complex, globalised and constantly changing engineering world. New scientific and engineering discovery are pushing the boundary of engineering applications, particularly in complex systems and interdisciplinary engineered solutions. Recent engineering disasters and mistakes are exemplary to illustrate this tenet that a global accord is required for engineers to not just improve their appreciation and understanding of complex systems and contexts within their respective disciplinary knowledge, but also should require one to be competent in the new knowledge of the global world.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2012, International Association for Continuing Engineering Education
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 07 May 2013 05:13
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 23:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: postgraduate engineering education; professional development standards; engineering accords; educational quality assurance
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099999 Engineering not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22674

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