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A JOINT STATEMENT BY EWB INTERNATIONAL, AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, UK, INDIA, NETHERLANDS, USA, CANADA, PHILLIPINES: NOV 22, 2021

 

In the aftermath of COP26, it is clear that engineering needs to creatively respond and drive further the promises made by governments to mitigate and adapt, to create a safe and just future for all. This triggers a fundamental reflection of the role of engineering and what competencies are most important within this critical discipline.

Last year, Engineers Without Borders International and Engineers Without Borders organizations from Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, the Netherlands, the Philippines, UK and USA pulled together to influence change at the highest level of engineering governance. To push for transformation of engineering competencies towards greater beneficial impact for people and the planet.

Together, we called for three core competencies to be universally incorporated into the international benchmark values for engineering graduate attributes and professional competencies hosted by the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) and the International Engineering Alliance (IEA). We advocated that critical reflection be included, with a deeper comprehension of ethics and a more inclusive view on those that were valued in decision making.

Our input was warmly welcomed as the voice of the future of engineering and the benchmark values have been updated. We’re now working with WFEO to scope out more opportunities where the Engineers Without Borders vision of engineering can become mainstream.

Read more about the competencies ihere via the International Engineering Alliance

 Join the EWB network today, to drive this change into how engineering is taught and practiced. After all, it is only words on paper, unless this version can successfully be a mandate to expand and change the culture of what it means to be an engineer, and the responsibility of engineering itself.

 We will be discussing the newly announced engineering competencies and how they are set to produce socio-technical engineers and a revamped profession, on Thursday 2nd December at 5pm. You are warmly welcome to join us for this FREE event