WFEO was founded on 4th March 1968 and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018 with a series of events during the year.
The event took place in the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and consisted of a half day Symposium with key topics that focused on how WFEO is progressing the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals through engineering. Prominent UNESCO officials were invited to attend.
The Symposium was jointly hosted with UNESCO and was attended by many of our stakeholders including UNESCO delegations, UNESCO staff and representatives of NGOs involved in science and engineering.
The Symposium had the primary objective of sharing some of the projects which will form part of the WFEO Engineering 2030 Plan. WFEO is committed to progressing the sustainable development goals through engineering and is taking the lead in bringing together various organisations and groups so that we can work together in partnership.
The following presentations, divided in two sessions, showcase the projects being developed under the WFEO Engineering 2030 Plan by our Standing Technical Committees, national and international members and our partners.
Capacity building in engineering necessarily focusses on engineering education and professional development. The presentations below present the diversity of projects that are under way or to be implemented.
By Prof. Wu Qidi, Director of the International centre for Engineering Education (ICEE), UNESCO Category 2 centre, based at Tsinghua University, China.
Prof. Wu is an electronics engineer, former president of Tongji University, former Vice Minister for Education and one of China’s leading women engineers. Her presentation covered the work of ICEE in capacity building in engineering and the role of engineering education.
By Dr. Dato Lee Yee Cheong, Honorary Chairman of the International Science Technology and Innovation (ISTIC), UNESCO Category 2 centre, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Dr. Dato Lee Yee Cheong spoke about the importance of South-South Cooperation in capacity building in engineering, especially through education. Dato Lee is also a Past President of WFEO.
By Dr. Hans J. Hoyer, Secretary General of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES).
Dr. Hoyer talked about some of the current issues in engineering education and how WFEO and IFEES can work together to build capacity in engineering worldwide. The membership and networks of IFEES comprises the engineering academics of the world and complements the members of WFEO which represents the professional engineering institutions.
4. Professional development for young engineers for sustainable development
By Mr. Alain Bentejac, President of the Federation of International Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)
Mr. Alain Bentejac spoke about the needs of industry and the professional development requirements for engineers.
By Ms. Hema Vallabh, Co-founder WomEng, an international NGO developing the next generation of female engineering leaders and an associate of WFEO.
Ms. Hema Vallabh spoke about her work to encourage more girls into STEM and retaining women in the engineering profession.
By Prof. Yashin Brijmohan, Chair WFEO Capacity Building Committee, Chair Committee on International Education.
Prof. Yashin Brijmohan spoke about the relationship between WFEO and the International Engineering Alliance which provides mutual recognition for engineering courses in more than 20 nations and the work being done within WFEO to progress capacity building in engineering.
The following presentations focus on specific projects that progress the UN Sustainable development goals focusing on special issues relating to engineering including ethics, sustainable engineering practices, diversity and innovation. These projects are being run by our Standing Technical Committees, and our national and international members.
By Mr. Pradeep Chaturvedi, Vice Chair WFEO Committee on Energy.
Mr. Pradeep Chaturvedi presented his project on sustainable development in energy.
By Prof. Jorge Alva Hurtado, Chair WFEO Committee on Disaster Risk Management and President of the Institution of Engineers Peru (CIP)
Prof. Jorge Alva Hurtado presented the project on developing early warning systems against natural disasters.
By Mr. Martin Manuhwa, Chair of WFEO Committee on Anti-Corruption and Chairman of the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe (ECZ).
By Mr. Pratarp Singh, Past President Fiji Institution of Engineers and President of the South Pacific Engineers Association.
By Mr. Tomas Sancho, representing WCCE, an international member of WFEO and the national engineering institution of Spain (IIE) and Portugal (OdE), both national members of WFEO.
Mr. Tomas Sancho spoke about the challenges of water and sustainable development.
By Mr. Alfonso Gonzalez, President of the World Council of Civil Engineers (WCCE)
Mr. Alfonso Gonzalez spoke on water and sustainable development.
This event was marked by a joint declaration by UNESCO and WFEO on our commitments to progress the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through engineering.
This Declaration establishes the role that WFEO will play with UNESCO in leading engineering projects which meet this objective.
Our thanks to Mr. Douglas Nakashima, Director of UNESCO’s Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building, for representing Ms. Flavia Shlegel, Assistant Director-General of Natural Science at our Symposium and signing this Declaration.
WFEO signed agreements to co-operate with five international organisations involved in industry, engineering education, women in engineering and science and UNESCO Category 2 Centres that are involved in capacity building and in engineering education.
These partnerships will enable WFEO to work more effectively on specific projects that will progress the UN SDGs.
The signing of the following agreements was the culmination of two years of liaison and discussion with five leading international organisations in engineering:
The International Centre for Engineering Education (ICEE), a UNESCO Category 2 Centre based in Tsinghua University, Beijing, to improve standards and capacity building in engineering education. The agreement
The International Science Technology and Innovation Centre (ISTIC), a UNESCO Category 2 Centre based in Kuala Lumpur, to progress South-South co-operation in engineering education The agreement
The International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), an international society to progress standards in engineering education and capacity building worldwide. The agreement
The Federation of International Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), to work together for the professional development of young engineers and in projects involving sustainability and training in ethical engineering practices The agreement
The International Network for Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES), an NGO recognised by the United Nations Economic and Social Council and the largest network of women engineers and scientists internationally. The agreement
The video entitled “Engineering: Building a Better and Sustainable Future” was produced with the assistance of the national member from China, China Association for Science and technology (CAST) and was shown in avant-premiere at the event on 7th March 2018.
Engineering: Building a Better and Sustainable Future
The Dr. Zuheir Alami Award for Engineering Innovation
This award, supported by Khatib and Alami, will recognise the importance of engineering innovation at an international level. We invite innovative companies from around the world to apply for this award via the WFEO website following its announcement. The award will be presented at the Global Engineering Congress in London 2018.
The WFEO Gree Women in Engineering Award
This award, supported by Gree Electric Appliance Co, will recognise the contributions of women to engineering at an international level. We invite organisations from around the world to nominate outstanding women engineering for this award via the WFEO website following its announcement. The award will be presented at the Global Engineering Congress in London 2018.
The Young Engineers Competition
This competition will recognise the important contribution of our young engineering leaders around the world to sustainable development.
The best submissions will be published in a document to be released at the Global Engineering Congress in London in 2018.
We also acknowledge the support of our event sponsors: Sungrow Power Corporation and China Electric Power Technology Net, Beijing Zhongdian-Keneng Exhibition Service Co. Ltd and Prof. Haoyong Chen. Their support was invaluable to ensure a successful event.
The Global Engineering Congress (GEC2018) and extended WFEO Executive Council meeting will be held in London from 20-26 October 2018. This important event is hosted by the Institution of Civil Engineers UK (ICE). The ICE is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2018.
The GEC2018 will also include sessions featuring the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE) and the triennial civil engineering meetings of the ASCE, CSCE and ICE
The theme of the conference will be focussed on achieving a number of the UN Sustainable Development Goals including water poverty, energy shortages, growing urbanisation and the effects of climate change.