Last week, from December 3-6, engineering education stakeholders from over 100 countries gathered in Dubai to exchange ideas, create collaborations, and learn about best practices in engineering education. The American University in Dubai (AUD) was a grand host to this fruitful event, and participants went home enriched by the experience.
A main highlight of the event was the Opening Ceremony Keynote Addresses by the Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority, HE Eng. Essa Al Haj Al Maidoor, an engineer and leader in Dubai, and HE Elias N. Bou Saab, the Minister of Education and Higher Education of Lebanon and Executive Vice President of AUD. HE Al-Maidoor emphasized the role of engineering in civilization and development – in days past and the future. HE Saab stressed the importance of events like WEEF, which promote the development of engineering education.
SPEED held its 10th annual Global Student Forum during the preceding weekend, during which industry representatives were judges of their Action Plan contest.
IFEES once again held its annual Awards dinner, recognizing Luiz Scavarda, Krishna Vedula, and Yury Pokholkov, for their leadership in engineering education globally and regionally. At the annual General Assembly, members elected Uriel Cukierman to serve as the next IFEES President (2014-2016), and five new executive committee members (2014-2016): Alaa Ashmawy, Michael Auer, Stephanie Farrell, Michael Milligan, and Khairiyah Mohd-Yusof.
The GEDC announced Marita Cheng as the recipient of the 2014 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award on 3rd December.
IGIP held their annual conference during the WEEF, providing the opportunity to submit papers for the Forum. IGIP reviewed over 500 papers, and selected about 200 to be presented at the Forum.
The venue for the 2016 World Engineering Education Forum was announced at the Closing Ceremony. The Korean Society for Engineering Education will host the 2016 WEEF in Seoul, South Korea in November 2016.
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