Engineering schools across Canada share a common vision – to prepare the next generation of engineers who will drive change: technical, commercial, social, economic, policy, and environmental, within our global society.
Many of the world’s challenges, such as food security, access to clean water, and global poverty, are incredibly complex and interconnected. Engineers can bring engineering problem-solving skills to bear on the basic problems of inequality, climate change other social issues. We’re giving people the vocabulary and context on an individual level to address these issues. On an institutional level, we provide a central gathering place for cross-pollination of ideas.
Canada especially has the potential to create a new breed of engineer to model social change, as the Engineering profession is booming. We’d like to change the perception of the basic Engineer – a technical individual focused on math and science – to focus on what the next generation can actually do with that math and science.
The Global Engineering Certificate
EWB Concordia is working with the faculty the the Centre for Engineering in society to bring the Global Engineering Certificate program to Concordia. Keep your eyes open for when the the certificate launches. In the mean time, you can read more about the certificate below, or at the Global Engineering Initiative website.
The GE Certificate recognizes students’ progress towards mastering modern engineering competencies and leadership skills. In order to receive the certificate, students must complete a blend of curricular and co-curricular experiences such as volunteer work, internships, and relevant coursework.
Graduates will have taken part in innovative educational experiences that have tempered their leadership skills, expanded their problem solving ability, and developed a global awareness that, along with their engineering technical excellence, will enable them to go beyond engineering and play a leading role in Canada and on the world stage.
All of the above links will lead you to the global engineering initiative website, and resources that further outline the GE certificate.
Global Engineering Week
GE week is our biggest annual event; a week full of workshops, speakers, lunch and learns and a wine and cheese to finish it off. The weeks goal is to introduce students and faculty to the concept of global engineering through interactive learning. This year it will take place from February 7th to February 13th.