UNESCO and the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) recognise the International Engineering Alliance (IEA) Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies Framework (GAPC) as a valuable international benchmark for engineering education.

A UNESCO WFEO IEA Working Group was established in November 2019 following the renewal of the WFEO-IEA MoU and the Declaration on Engineering Education that was made in Melbourne at WEC2019. The goal was to review the current IEA Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies Framework to ensure that they reflect contemporary values and employer needs as well as equip engineers/technologist/technicians of the future to incorporate the practices that advance the UN Sustainable Goals.

Members of the working group are:

IEA working group members

  • Prof A. Bulent Ozguler (MUDEK) (Chair), Turkey
  • Prof Mitsunori Makino and Ms Akiko Takahashi (JABEE), Japan
  • Prof Barry Clarke (ECUK), UK
  • Ms Bernadette Foley (Engineers Australia), Australia

WFEO working group members

  • Dr Marlene Kanga – WFEO President, 2017-2019, Australia
  • Mr WANG Sunyu (Vice Director General, ICEE Tsinghua University), China
  • Dr Charlie Than, (President, Myanmar Engg. Council), Myanmar
  • Dr Michael Milligan (ABET) – representing IFEES, USA
  • Mr KANG Jincheng, Strategic Specialist, ICEE, China
  • Mr QIAO Weifeng, Asst Professor Inst. Of Education Tsinghua University and ICEE, China
  • Mr XU Lihui, Research Associate, Inst. Of Education Tsinghua University and ICEE, China

The goal of the Working Group is to review the IEA GAPC Framework jointly with WFEO under the auspices of UNESCO.

A report on the work done by the Working Group since November 2019, including references to the research and summary of the responses to the questionnaire sent to IEA signatories is available in this page.

Proposed changes to the IEA Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies Framework are available in this page (Word document).

The main changes cover the areas identified in preliminary research and a survey of IEA Signatories during December 2019 and January 2020. The six main areas identified were:

  1. Accommodate future needs of engineering professionals and the profession – strengthen the required attributes on team work, communication, ethics, sustainability.
  2. Emerging technologies – incorporate digital learning, active work experience, lifelong learning.
  3. Emerging and future engineering disciplines and practice areas – while retaining discipline independent approach, enhance the skills on data sciences, other sciences, life-long learning.
  4. Incorporate UN Sustainable Goals – in the development of solutions that consider diverse impacts – technical, environment, social, cultural, economic, financial and global responsibility.
  5. Diversity and Inclusion – include these considerations within ways of working in teams, communication, compliance, environment, legal etc. systems.
  6. Intellectual agility, creativity and innovation – emphasize critical thinking and innovative processes in design and development of solutions.

The resulting draft review of the IEA/WFEO Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies Framework, done since November 2019, is now available for consultation.

Consultation with WFEO Members and Partners

A Webinar that explains the structure of the proposed benchmark and key areas of interest to WFEO members was held on Saturday 18th July 2020.

 

Moderator: Prof. Gong Ke, President, World Federation of Engineering Organisations
Speakers:

  1. Prof. A. Bülent Özgüler, Chair WFEO-IEA Working Group, MUDEK (Turkey) – Summary of work done to date and key areas of change (see the presentation)
  2. Dr Marlene Kanga WFEO Past President – Overview of the Framework and proposed changes to Graduate Attributes (Table 4) of the Framework (see the presentation)
  3. Mr Kang Jincheng (Strategic Specialist, ICEE Tsinghua University) – Proposed changes to Knowledge and Attitude Profile (Table 3 ) of the framework. (see the presentation)
  4. Dr Charlie Than, (President, Myanmar Engg. Council, Myanmar), Proposed changes to Professional Competencies (Table 5) of the Framework (see the presentation)
  5. Dr Michael Milligan (CEO, ABET USA) – representing International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), Diversity and Inclusion incorporated in the Framework (see the presentation)

The recording of the webinar is available in this page.

The Questions & Answers from the webinar are available in this page (Excel file).

Webinar for International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), hosted by IFEES on the GAPC Framework on 15th July 2020.

Moderator: Prof. Krishna Vedula, IFEES
Speaker: Dr Marlene Kanga WFEO Past President – Overview of the Framework and proposed changes to Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies Framework

The recording of the webinar is available in this page.

The presentation “Re-setting the benchmarks for engineering education for sustainable development” by WFEO Past President Dr. Marlene Kanga is available in this page.

Webinar on Diversity and Inclusion with WFEO Committee for Women in Engineering and International Network for Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES)

A Webinar to discuss diversity and inclusion and other important changes with women engineers held on 31 July 2020 at 1.00pm – 2.30pm Paris CET.

Moderator: Prof Gong Ke, President of WFEO

Speakers:

  1. Ms Peggy Oti-Boateng, UNESCO, Importance of engineering skills and greater diversity for the SDGs (see the presentation)
  2. Ms Gail Mattson, President INWES, The importance of diversity and inclusion in engineering education and practice (see the presentation)
  3. Prof Bulent Ozguler, Chair UNESCO-WFEO-IEA Working Group on review of benchmark, MUDEK, Turkey, The review process to date and the changes made (see the presentation)
  4. Marlene Kanga, Diversity and Inclusion on Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies (Tables 4 and 5 of the Framework) (see the presentation)
  5. Prof Wai Ye Leong, INWES Board Member and WFEO Committee for Women in Engineering – Changes to the GAPC Framework and implications for Diversity and Inclusion and Industry 4.0 (see the presentation)
  6. Prof. Dawn Bonfield, WFEO Committee for Women in Engineering, Diversity and Inclusion aspects in the GAPC Framework
  7. Ms. Yetunde Holloway, Chair WFEO Committee for Women in Engineering, Q&A / Closing remarks and next steps (see the presentation)

The recording of the webinar is available in this page.

The Questions & Answers from the webinar are available in this page.

WFEO Consultation

  1. The Draft Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies Framework is available in this page (Word document).
  2. The form for comments is available in this page (Word document).
  3. A Survey on the Standard that enables you to provide overall feedback is available in this page.
  4. Recordings of webinars are:
    1. Presentation to IEA Annual meeting, Consultation with IEA Signatories, Prof. Bulent Ozguler, Chair UNESCO-WFEO-IEA Working Group on 22 June 2020, available in this page
    2. Webinar held on 15 July 2020, Consultation with IFEES, Dr Marlene Kanga, IFEES Webinar, available in this page
    3. Webinar held on 18 July 2020, Consultation with WFEO members, WFEO members of the UNESCO-WFEO-IEA Working Group, available in this page
    4. Webinar held on 31 July 2020, Consultation with WFEO Committee for Women in Engineering and INWES
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