Monday, September 27, 2010

How Can Today’s Global Engineers Successfully Compete? American Society for Engineering Education Launches Survey on the Skills Required to Succeed

What skills and experiences will today’s engineering students need to develop while in school and throughout their careers to successfully compete in today’s global workplace? This question is the focus of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Corporate Members’ Special Interest Group (SIG) for International Engineering Education of which I am Co-Chair. We recently released an online survey aimed at enhancing the preparation, performance and employability of engineering graduates living and working in an increasingly global context.

Educators, employers, students, and professional engineers throughout the global engineering community are encouraged to participate in the survey at To obtain feedback from the largest possible audience, ASEE has collaborated with the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), to make the survey available in Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

The mission of our group is to foster, encourage and support high-quality engineering education around the world to assure a global supply of well-prepared engineering graduates. Over the past two years our SIG has developed, presented and vetted an assessment of the skills and experiences required by engineering graduates to work effectively in a global environment. This short survey will help measure how people from around the world involved with the education and employment of engineers perceive the importance of each of these attributes at different stages of an engineer’s career – as an incoming university student, a university graduate, and an experienced practicing professional.

Quanser has long fostered, encouraged and supported the establishment and promotion of high-quality engineering education. As a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, we encourage you to participate in the survey.

No personally-identifiable information will be sought, participants may choose to not answer any question, and only summarized responses will be reported. Findings will be published upon completion of the survey at the end of 2010.

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