Overhauling Engineering Education in Latin America

The advancement of technology in today’s world requires that more people be prepared as engineers, in all fields. The way we are approaching engineering education, however is not keeping pace with technological development; the curricula has not substantially changed in the last few decades, and what we are teaching our students is now rapidly becoming obsolete. Students cannot readily apply the learned concepts, and they are graduating with an outdated perspective, which in turn makes future students shy away from the field. Engineering education has to be substantially modified in order to make it more appealing to young minds. Here we place special interest in making engineering education multidisciplinary. The suggested changes are based on a project-learning focus, in which the students, from the early semesters on, practice hands-on with projects that involve team work and different disciplines, as well as interaction with industry.

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