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D21-14/D21-15 Concept Note: Sustainability in Education to Make Engineering More Globally Responsible
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D21-14/D21-15 Concept Note: Sustainability in Education to Make Engineering More Globally Responsible
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D21-14/D21-15 Concept Note: Sustainability in Education to Make Engineering More Globally Responsible
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Saajan Bassi
Feb 17, 2021
Through our collective experience of university education, there do not tend to be university modules or lessons dedicated to sustainable measures. Looking at courses available and their contents, modules focusing on sustainability are not included on degrees that do not focus solely on environmental engineering (or water engineering). I understand that courses are updated to ensure they meet current industry expectations and innovations in the field and so issues regarding sustainability are discussed, but they must also teach fundamental theory, and i think as a result of this, sustainable design is neglected. Making information of sustainable innovations within engineering more accessible to those new/outside of specific field allows for more involvement and therefore contribution. This would definitely allow further development and diversity in ideas. At the university of Surrey there is a Global Graduate Award which provides additional learning opportunities in languages and in sustainability. However, the module is broad and covers sustainability in a number of sectors in a fairly simplistic light, where sustainable economics or sustainability in psychology are spoken about for merely one lecture. There is also a university wide sustainability programme for students and staff, like at the University of Surrey. Education linked to innovative technology would definitely encourage and inspire the development of further technologies. We hoped that if we could get support from governing bodies within the industry that some of the costs could be subsidised. We would also approach the Royal Academy of Engineering for funding as we share similar goals in this campaign, Companies wishing to showcase their innovations and put forward their services could possibly fund this platform (but then the site becomes a source of advertising rather than a purely academic resource that showcases leading innovations). Running ads on the site could also be used to help maintain funding for its running. We know companies continuously host CPD talks and lectures for their workforce to ensure that they are aware of other developments in the field. So I’m sure that companies would encourage these talks and raise awareness of sustainability issues and innovations for those they are supporting to Chartership. I know that an ICE attribute focuses on the knowledge of sustainability and management of an activity that contributes to sustainable development, while the IStructE requires competence in conceptual design regarding sustainability and environment, as well as knowledge of relevant sustainability issues and legislation. This is also key in assuring that industry leaders are aware of sustainability issues and have ability to resolve them. https://www.ewb-uk.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/RAEng-Engineering_for_Sustainable_Development-0509.pdf - Page 18
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