2008 IFEES Summit

By Andrew Massyn (own owrk) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
By Andrew Massyn (own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Dates: 19 -20 October 2008
Theme: Aligning Engineering Education Initiatives for a Knowledge Economy

Host: University of Cape Town

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  • Advance understanding of the relationship between engineering education and knowledge economies
  • Share successful initiatives and best practices, and how they can be adapted to the developing world, with the goal of catalizing alliances to align initiatives and leverage resources to support knowledge economies.
  • Develop local, global, short term and long term action items, relevant to the participants’ organization or sector, that advance engineering education and knowledge economies.
  • Bring together global leaders from relevant sectors and provide opportunities to network to identify action items that advance common objectives, and to form alliances and working groups to advance these and report outcomes in the next summit.
  • Understand the needs and best practices/successes of IFEES member organizations (primarily engineering education associations) in order to initiate a dialogue that will enable IFEES to develop focused strategies to support development of its members in a focused sensible way (identifying needs of both developed and developing world eng educ associations)
  • Understanding the engineering education situation in Africa and how IFEES and eng education can support/help

The Summit Program possessed a highly interactive format consisting of panels, working groups, round tables, a World Bank workshop, and an inspirational keynote speaker.  Only the dinner keynote speaker and government policy makers followed a traditional format.

Panel presentations were limited to 5-8 minutes to maximize time for discussion, questions and answers and interaction.

The World Bank Workshop was developed specifically for this Summit in close collaboration with IFEES, and designed to be fully integrated with the Summit and support the Summit objectives.
Round Tables on the second day of the Summit are designed to support the process of aligning initiatives and action items, formation of working groups. Each table will have a designated focus area to attract the special interest group. The morning session will organize the tables by geographical region/sector and will discuss initiatives that target the region/sector, promote collaboration and set priorities within regions/sector. The afternoon round tables will target focus areas of special importance globally, such as Accreditation, and the IFEES Strategic Areas. A desired outcome is the identification of potential projects/initiatives and their leaders to be considered for IFEES endorsement and incorporated into the IFEES Strategic Plan:

  • Vision: To foster and enhance the capabilities of an active global community of stakeholders empowered to advance engineering educationworldwide
  • Mission: Provide a global network to leverage the collective resources of members in fulfilling their individual missions by identifying, discussing and advancing common objectives of the
    engineering education community
  • Action Areas: Engineering Education Infrastructure; Research, Development, Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and Lifelong Learning