ICEE Holds the UNESCO Kick-off Meeting on Current and Future Trends in Engineering Around the World

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During September 26–27, the International Center for Engineering Education under the auspices of UNESCO (ICEE) held at Beijing Friendship Hotel the UNESCO Kick-off Meeting on Current and Future Trends in Engineering Around the World. The Kick-off Meeting was graced by the presence of Ji ZHOU, President of Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE); Yong QIU, President of Tsinghua University & ICEE Governing Board Chairperson; Flavia Shlegel, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences of the UNESCO; Qidi WU, Former Vice Minister of Education & ICEE Director; Si YUAN, Deputy Director of Tsinghua University Council & Executive Director of ICEE; and Shouwen YU, Former Vice President of Tsinghua University; as well as experts from the Nature Science Department, Beijing Office, and Jakarta Office of the UNESCO and from relevant engineering organizations in the world.

Ji ZHOU noted in his speech that, driven by the new wave of industrial revolution and industrial transformation, nations in the world are taking scientific technological innovation in engineering as the core driving force to boost their economic growth and help achieve sustainable development. “The great development achievements China has made since it introduced reform and opening-up four decades ago fully demonstrate that talent represents the crux for the development of engineering science and technology; and engineering education serves as the major means to offer human resources to advance engineering science and technology. CAE will strongly support ICEE in participating in the preparation of the Global Engineering Report and is hopeful that the Report will become an example par excellence of in-depth collaboration between China and the UNESCO,” he said.

“Modern engineering and modern education are undergoing unprecedentedly profound changes; so are the way the resources in the educational system are allocated. As a result, engineering education is shifting towards a new model that features the integration of the big system, interdiscipline, and cross-cutting collaboration,” said Yong QIU. “Chinese engineering education programs have minted millions of engineering technicians who have strongly underpinned China’s industrial system and socio-economic development. As a traditional strength of Tsinghua, engineering must be strengthened in Tsinghua’s efforts to build itself into a world-class university,” he expressed.

“In the next 10–15 years, the new wave of engineering scientific and technological revolution and industrial revolution will see exponential development. In this period, China will strategically transform itself from a major education nation to an education power, offering significant strategic opportunities for the Chinese engineering education sector to conduct international cooperation and to comprehensively improve educational quality.

The first Global Engineering Report, released by the UNESCO in 2010, has had widespread influences across the world. The second Global Engineering Report to be prepared now, which will surround the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, is significant and challenging. Tsinghua University will provide strong support for ICEE to participate in the preparation of the Report. And it is my hope that, through our joint efforts, the Report will make greater contributions to the development of engineering education,” Yong QIU said.

Flavia Shlegel expressed in her remarks her gratitude to CAE, Tsinghua University, and ICEE for the great support they provide to the Report. China has made remarkable achievements in engineering science and technology and engineering education has played a prominent role in promoting socio-economic development, Flavia Shlegel noted. “Against the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, engineering development is still faced with diverse challenges and many issues remain to be addressed. The UNESCO is eagerly anticipating the future Report and hopes that the Report will play an instrumental role in promoting engineering development around the globe,” she said.

During the two-day meeting, experts on engineering education conducted wide, in-depth discussions surrounding the target positioning, concept framework, methodology, and other aspects of the Report.

The attendees of the Kick-off Meeting included Marielza Oliviera, Director of the UNESCO Beijing Office; Shahbaz Khan, Director of the UNESCO Jakarta Office; Jiagui ZHOU, Deputy Secretary-general of the Secretariat of China UNESCO Plenary Committee; as well as experts, scholars, and representatives from WFEO (World Federation of Engineering Organizations), WCCE (World Council of Civil Engineers), and other engineering organizations. Also present in the Meeting were persons-in-charge of ICEE and Institute of Education of Tsinghua University, as well as representatives from other domestic colleges and universities.


Source: ICEE