On the search of new engineering curriculum model for the 21st century

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In the current study new visions on developing and improving the engineering curricula are investigated and new directions are established. Based on a series of investigations that include students' and staff' survey, feedback, and observations, important factors in developing multiple and transferable skills are identified. The development of multiple and transferable skills emphasised in light with the reflection of employers' needs. Indicative teaching model and full training cycle are proposed to comprehend students' education and training needs, market need and skills for the 21st century. Examples of enhanced engineering curriculum by means of research-based teaching and hands-on skills training are discussed in support of the proposed (new) curriculum model. The scope developing new engineering curricula is further explored by outlining career perspectives and latest employment statistics. It was found that integrating problem-based technique (engineering modelling tools) and structured technical training can help engineering students develop a wide range of skills and likewise to interact effectively with other disciplines - making them employable for the 21st century graduate jobs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnual Enhancement Themes Conference
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2012
EventAnnual Enhancement Themes Conference - Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Mar 20128 Mar 2012


ConferenceAnnual Enhancement Themes Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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