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Global Status Of Engineering Education

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.277.1 - 4.277.10

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Russel C. Jones

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Session 3560

Global Status of Engineering Education

-Outcomes of the 1998 Global Congress on Engineering Education at Cracow, Poland

Russel C. Jones, Ph.D., P.E. World Expertise LLC Falls Church, VA, USA


The 1998 Global Congress on Engineering Education was organized around several major themes: effective teaching methods, curriculum design and evaluation, liberal education for engineers, use of new technologies in engineering education, current issues and trends in engineering education, international collaborations, education for sustainable development, exchange mechanisms in engineering education, academic/industry collaborations, international mobility, linkages between developed and developing countries, and management of academic and engineering institutions. This paper attempts to summarize the major themes and discussions at the Congress, as well as presenting recommendations from the assembled international group of engineering educators.


The Global Congress on Engineering Education, sponsored by the UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education, was held from 6-11 September 1998 at Cracow, Poland. Some 140 papers from authors in 40 countries were presented, with lively discussion from the 150 Congress participants ensuing. A preprint volume published by the UNESCO International Centre for Engineering Education was distributed at the beginning of the Congress, and each paper was summarized by its author(s) to stimulate discussion, at breakout sessions during the Congress. On the final day of the Congress, plenary sessions involving all participants were conducted to allow general discussion of the conference topics, and to pull together a summary statement and recommendations. This paper attempts to capture the essence of those summary plenary sessions, and thus the essence of the Global Congress. In the judgement of the author, it provides a valuable snapshot of the status of engineering education in the World at this time.

Jones, R. C. (1999, June), Global Status Of Engineering Education Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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