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Preparing engineers for 2035: transforming Australia’s engineering education for emerging roles and expectations


Lee, P and Crosthwaite, C and Reidsema, C and Burnett, I and Foley, B and Hargreaves, D and King, R and Lamborn, J and Symes, M and Wilson, J, Preparing engineers for 2035: transforming Australia's engineering education for emerging roles and expectations, Applied Degree Education and the Future of Learning, Springer Nature, C Hong and WWK Ma (ed), Singapore, pp. 29-52. ISBN 9789811698118 (2022) [Other Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-981-16-9812-5


The Australian Council of Engineering Deans (ACED) recently concluded a project (‘Engineering 2035’) to reshape Australian engineering education for future professional engineering graduates. Consultations with industry leaders and others identified the need to strengthen graduate engineers’ capacity for multi-disciplinary and cross-functional teamwork, with greater public accountability. Focus groups of prospective students revealed weak understanding of the growing range of opportunities offered by an engineering qualification of this nature. The corresponding curriculum transformation must ensure greater focus on transferable skills and contexts are delivered alongside technical content. We envisage more industry-based, problem and project-based pedagogies. We found that the engineering academic workforce is positive to such changes. Its recent adaptation of teaching methods to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions gives confidence of a good response to the emerging needs. The project identified 22 Calls for Action to the schools of engineering and ACED, and to industry, government and the professional accrediting body, Engineers Australia.

Item Details

Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:applied degree education, higher education, curriculum reform, professional engineers, graduate outcomes, academic workforce
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Engineering practice and education
Research Field:Engineering education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Workforce transition and employment
UTAS Author:Symes, M (Mr Mark Symes)
ID Code:151126
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2022-07-20
Last Modified:2022-07-20

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