UCL Centre for Engineering Education


Innovations in Engineering Education Inspiring & Preparing Our Engineers for the 21st Century

21 June 2018

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This report, commissioned by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, considers the challenges that face engineering education and in particular the often stated view that increased numbers of engineering graduates will be needed to maintain social and economic prosperity in the coming century. It offers a call to arms to educators, employers and other bodies working with the engineering sector to re-imagine how we frame engineering and engineering education, so as to ensure that we attract from the widest pool of talent and create the next generation of engineering leaders.

In recognition that the challenges facing engineering and the potential solutions are global, the Lloyds Register Foundation and the Centre for Engineering Education at University College London hosted a two-day, international symposium consisting of representatives from engineering education, engineering companies and engineering professional institutes in September 2016.

Through discussions and debates we worked to identify the most pressing questions that engineering education faces globally. Contextual, disciplinary and generational differences promoted creative dialogue, and consensus on a call to action centred around three major themes: re-imagining the engineering role and profession for the 21st century; re-imagining strategies for learning; and re-imagining diversity in engineering education. Future-facing examples of innovation and transformation inspired this report and, although not prescriptive, recommendations that all can embrace in aspiring to strengthen engineering in all parts of the globe.

Read the Report