6th Global Student Forum on Engineering Education organized in cooperation with 8th American Society for Engineering Education Global Colloqium .
9th - 15th Oct., 2009
The Student Platform for Engineering Education Development (SPEED) in cooperation with American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) will gather 100 student leaders in Budapest, Hungary October 9th-15th, 2009 for the Global Student Forum (GSF) on Engineering Education to discuss this years's conference theme “Ensuring Equitable and Diverse Global Representation with Engineering Education”.
The GSF event is part of 8th annual ASEE Global colloquium, which will draw academics, representatives from government, industry and non-profit organizations, and increasingly students from around the world to discuss issues pertinent to engineering education. With your help, we will bring student perspectives to this important global dialogue.
Through this one-week event, students will be a part of an international experience, submerged in the atmosphere of cross-cultural communication and creative thinking. Participants will take part in workshops aimed at providing them with tools to find innovative solutions with a global perspective and apply them in their local communities. They will get a chance to learn about already existing student projects, get involved and/or start their own regional and global initiatives with the aim of maximizing the student voice within the engineering education community.
The overall vision for the GSF is two-fold: to positively impact our student participants current position as budding global engineers eager to affect change within the engineering education and local communities; and to show the professional stakeholders that students are a much larger piece of this puzzle then they are currently given credit for and are entitled to a voice within the global engineering education dialogue.“Ensuring Equitable and Diverse Global Representation within Engineering Education”
As engineering further develops into a global enterprise all regions of the world must produce competent engineers in sufficient numbers in order to provide for their well-being and representation in the global engineering market. However, not all regions and countries are equally represented or have sufficient numbers of engineers to match demand. Unequal representation manifests itself on a local level as well. Whether its tribal students in India, immigrants and women in Europe, or African-Americans in the United States certain demographics are not participating in engineering in the same numbers as their peers. Through reaching out to groups who normally are underrepresented, issues with demand, workforce diversity and other problems can be addressed. As a global network of engineering students passionate to affect local change SPEED is perfectly positioned to address this issue. The program will be structured to parallel and compliment the theme of the ASEE Global Colloquium, “Cultures, Markets and Regulations: Shaping Global Engineering Education”.
The 6th Global Student Forum will investigate and look to positively impact underrepresented populations within engineering education on a global and local level. The program will address such questions as:
Are there cultural implications to why certain populations do not pursue engineering or are they based on social hierarchy or perhaps the industry/markets in which a country can impact?
Does a lack of international standards prevent some engineers from operating on a global level?
Does level of participation reflect social status or a country's/region's development?
The benefits of a diverse engineering force have been illustrated, but what kind of new trends can we introduce into the existing conventional education systems in order to help increasing the numbers of those who are underrepresented.
Interactive Track Sessions
Engaging Our Future Engineers
Accreditation for Mobile Profession
Building Effective Partnerships
Intergenerational Panel Discussion
Community Service Event
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