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Global Dimension in Engineering Education

Global Dimension in Engineering Education (GDEE) is a collaborative initiative between Universities and NGOs, which aims to increase the integration of sustainable human development issues into technical University courses.

There is little doubt about the role that higher education may play in efforts to promote and achieve sustainable human development. However, a challenge facing the sector is a shortage of academics actively engaged in promoting development-related issues in their teaching activities, particularly in technical subjects such as engineering and science. GDEE looks to effectively tackle this, and increase the competences of teaching staff, positively impacting the attitudinal values and skills of students. The ultimate goal is to aid in the development of future engineers with the skills and knowledge necessary to address the most pressing global challenges.

With the GDEE you can:

  • Sign up to the academic network, bringing academic activities closer to those of NGOs working in development and to nurture cross working between the two disciplines
  • Download course material of nine online courses tailored to academics, which look at ways to improve the integration of development into teaching
  • Download case studies related to specific engineering subjects and based on real-life development projects, which can be used as teaching materials
GDEE Policy Brief

GDEE Policy Brief 

The policy brief from GDEE was launched at the European Development Days event in Brussels on the 3rd and 4th of June 2015. It outlines the view that sustainable human development needs within universities needs to be strengthened.

Visit GDEE's website for more information.


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