Declarations

WFEO uses declarations to identify and solve problems being faced by engineering and by the world.

Our declarations also reflect the commitments that WFEO and its members have made to global issues and initiatives, including on anti-corruption, poverty reduction, climate change and human rights.


WFEO provides leadership to the global engineering profession through its meetings, conferences, forums and congresses. Declarations are made from many of these events to influence, inform and inspire.

Through our declarations, the global engineering profession seeks to publicly and formally affirm and update its aims. The declarations make clear our intentions and ambitions to, as we see it, change the world for the better. And they are our way of responding to emerging global trends and the world's changing political, environmental, social, economic, technological and legal contexts.

We regularly call on the international community, governments, schools, universities, companies, clients, civil society and society-at-large to change as well. For individual engineers and those involved in the engineering profession around the globe, our declarations are tools for personal aspiration, professional development and political advocacy.

In short, WFEO uses declarations to identify and solve problems being faced by engineering and by the world.

Our declarations also reflect the commitments that WFEO and its members have made to global issues and initiatives, including on anti-corruption, poverty reduction, climate change and human rights.


The Mombasa Declaration on Harvesting Blue Economy for Accelerated Economic Growth

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The Mombasa Declaration on Harvesting Blue Economy for Accelerated Economic Growth was agreed by the participants of the 5th Africa Engineering Week and 3rd Africa Engineering Week 2018, held between 17-21 September in Mombasa, Kenya.

Host:

WFEO – Federation of African Engineering Organisations (FAEO)UNESCOInstitution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK)Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK)

The Mombasa Declaration on Harvesting Blue Economy for Accelerated Economic Growth  Full text

 


The Beijing Declaration for Promoting Public Science Literacy Across the World

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The Beijing Declaration for Promoting Public Science Literacy Across the World, was agreed by the international member organisations including WFEO, that attended the World Conference on Science Literacy 2018 held between 17-19 September in Beijing, China.

Host:

WFEO – China Association for Science and Technology (CAST)World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)International Science Council (ISC)UNESCO.

The Beijing Declaration for Promoting Public Science Literacy Across the World  Full text

 


Paris Declaration: Advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals through Engineering

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The Paris Declaration has been jointly signed by WFEO and UNESCO on our commitments to progress the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through engineering. This Declaration establishes the role that WFEO will play with UNESCO in leading engineering projects which meet this objective, it has been signed during the WFEO Symposium at the UNESCO Fontenoy Building on 7th March 2018

Host:

UNESCO – WFEO.

Paris Declaration: Advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals through Engineering  Full textBooklet format

 


WFEO/FMOI 50th Anniversary Madrid Declaration: Water, the future that we want

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Hosts:

WFEO was proud to be signatory to the declaration on progress the UN Sustainable Development Declaration on water (SDG 6) at the Symposium hosted by our national member IIE Spain on 1st March 2018. The signatories to the Declaration were:

  • WFEO,

  • World Council of Civil Engineers (WCCE),

  • European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI),

  • European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE),

  • Spanish Association of Civil Engineers (AICCP),

  • Spanish Council of Civil Engineers (CICCP),

  • Institution of Engineers, Spain (IIE Spain),

  • Order of Engineers, Portugal (OdE Portugal),

  • Council of Civil Engineering Professional Associations of Spanish And Portuguese Speaking Countries (CICPCCECPC)

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Women In Engineering Declaration: Contributing to Global Sustainable Development – “Turning Words into Action”

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Host:

The Committee on Women in Engineering – WIE.

Women In Engineering Declaration: Contributing to Global Sustainable Development - 'Turning Words into Action'  Full text

 


Cancun High-Level Communiqué – Leaders’ Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017

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Host:

The Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN and the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR).

The Cancun High-Level Communiqué - Leaders’ Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017  Full text

 


Lima Declaration: Increasing Resilience of Infrastructure vis-à-vis Natural and Man-made Disasters 2016

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Host:

Peruvian Association of Professional Engineers (CIP) – WFEO.

Lima Declaration: Increasing Resilience of Infrastructure vis-à-vis Natural and Man-made Disasters 2016  Full text

 


Communique: Sixth edition of the Nigeria’s Alternative Energy Exposition 2016

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Host:

Sustainable Energy Practitioners Association of Nigeria (SEPAN) – Nigeria Alternative Energy Expo (NAEE).

Communique - Sixth edition of the Nigerias Alternative Energy Exposition 2016  Full text

 


XXI Global Congress of Ocean, Coastal and Navigation Waterways Engineering Declaration – Panama 2016

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Host:

WFEO – World Council of Civil Engineers (WCCE) – Pan American Engineers Associations Union (UPADI) – Pan American Academy of Engineering (AIP) – Sociedad Panamena de Ingenieros y Arquitectos (SPIA).

XXI Global Congress of Ocean, Coastal and Navigation Waterways Engineering Declaration - Panama 2016  Full text

 


Brasilia Declaration: International Engineering Conference 2016 – New Approaches for Supplying Sustainable Water and Energy

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Host:

WFEO – Brazilian Federation of Engineering Associations (FEBRAE) – Pan American Engineers Associations Union (UPADI) – Brazilian Federal Council of Engineering and Agronomy (CONFEA).

Brasilia Declaration - International Engineering Conference 2016 – New Approaches for Supplying Sustainable Water and Energy  Full text

 


WFEO Statement for UNFCCC SB44 Bonn Meeting

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Host:

WFEO

WFEO Statement for UNFCCC SB44 Bonn Meeting  Full text

 


Penang Declaration: Conference of the ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisation 2015

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Host:

ASEAN Federation of Engineering Organisation.

Penang Declaration  Full text

 


Paris Statement: WFEO COP-21 Engineers Climate Change Summit 2015 – Turning Words Into Action – A Sectoral Approach

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Host:

WFEO –- UNESCO.

Paris Statement  Full text

 


Kyoto Declaration: World Engineering Conference and Convention 2015 – Engineering: Innovation and Society

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Host:

WFEO – Science Council of JapanThe Japan Federation of Engineering SocietiesUNESCO.

Kyoto Declaration  Full text

 


Beirut Declaration: World Congress on Engineering Education 2015 – Engineering Education for Sustainable Development

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Host:

WFEO – Committee of Education in Engineering (WFEO-CEIE).

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Nuclear For Climate Declaration: International Congress on Advances on nuclear Power Plants 2015 in Nice, France

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Host:

The French Nuclear Society (SFEN).

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Santa Cruz Declaration: UPADI General Assembly 2014 – Sustainable Cities

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Host:

Pan American Union of Engineering Societies (UPADI).

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WECSI 2014 Communique: World Engineering Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2014 – Development of Sustainable Infrastructure in Africa

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Host:

The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).

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Abuja Declaration 2013

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Host:

WFEO – The Federation of African Engineering Organisations (FAEO).

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Beirut Declaration: World Congress on Engineering Education 2013 – Impact of Globalisation on Engineering Education

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Host:

WFEO – Committee on Education in Engineering (WFEO-CEIE) – Federation of Lebanese Engineers – Federation of Arab Engineers.

Highlights:

  • “We should work towards industry and universities establishing good relations to give students opportunities for practical training.”
  • “Research that can find solutions for local and regional needs.”
  • “Commercialisation of innovations developed by university research laboratories to create jobs.”
  • “Move towards wealth creation with associated engineering jobs as an alternative to a service-orientated economy.”
  • “Prepare graduates for their ethical responsibilities as professional engineers, to help combat corruption.”

Commitments:

  • To work towards an assessment of the need for a regional approach to improve accreditation and the quality of engineering education, by bringing together all the existing valuable contributors of accreditation systems.

 

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Athens Declaration: Presidents’ Meeting of the European Engineering Chambers 2013 – 100 Years Regulated Engineering Profession

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Host:

Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE)

Highlights:

  • “The construction sector is one of the main pillars of European economy, growth and welfare.”
  • “Every job in construction counts for two additional jobs in other industry sectors.”
  • “Quality of construction works has a direct impact on the quality of life.”
  • “Strong commitment to innovation in its business practice promoting new technologies and new materials”
  • “Construction sector responds to the social needs building a safe sustainable built environment facing proactively the impacts by the natural disasters.”
  • “The construction sector was affected strongly by the financial crisis losing more than 30% of its general potential.”
  • “Construction is substantially the ‘solution sector’ for the crisis and for re-starting economic growth, with its contribution to national and European GDP and boosting the labour market.”
  • “Engineers are the leaders, decision-makers, the designers, the contractors, the supervisors, the operators, the public servants – they manage the whole construction sector and they build, in daily business, the safety and quality of life of European citizens, serving the general public interest.”

Actions (abridged):

Call to the European Union institutions and National Governments to:

  • As a response to the crisis, take effective measures for public funding the construction sector and for facilitating access to private funding and credit so that taxpayer’s money can reach the real economy.
  • Endorse the use of structure and cohesion funds for creation, rehabilitation and upgrading infrastructure and the building sector.
  • Establish integrated legal, financial and fiscal tools and incentives to support the construction sector and infrastructure.
  • Adopt whole life-cycle assessment for buildings and infrastructure.
  • Ensure coherence and integration between environmental policy and policies to foster growth.
  • Mobilise investments in ‘green’ and ‘blue’ growth and in renewable energy.
  • Invest in education, training, skills development and best practice exchange for the engineers, technicians and workers in the construction sector.

Commitments:

  • Commitment to strengthening the regulatory framework for the engineering profession.

 

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Singapore Declaration: World Engineering Summit 2013 – Engineering for a Sustainable Future

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Host:

Institution of Engineers Singapore (IES)

Highlights:

  • “Engineers of the 21st Century are called upon to play a critical role in contributing to peace and security.”
  • “Engineers have an obligation to protect cultural and natural diversity.”
  • “Innovations by engineers are required in the design and operation of advanced devices and systems that can ensure efficient energy conversion and conservation; provide solutions to the production, storage and distribution of energy, food and water; facilitate human mobility; support trade and economic development; and sustain livable cities of the future.”
  • “Engineers must proactively engage with the global political process to apply their knowledge and expertise.”
  • “Engineers must develop new skills for a changing world, foster greater collaboration with other professionals, and promote multi-disciplinary approaches.”

Actions:

The WFEO Executive Council adopted and approved the Model Code of Practice for Sustainable Development and Environmental Stewardship

Commitments (abridged):

  • Developing national sustainable systems and infrastructure and resilient development strategies and action plans.
  • Engage in building engineering capacity through active collaboration with development organisations.
  • Represent engineering views to effectively influence programs on sustainable infrastructure and systems in the United Nations system.

 

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Jakarta Protocol: Civil Engineering Conference in Asia Region 2013 – Civil Engineering for a Sustainable Future

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Host:

Asian Civil Engineering Coordinating Council (ACECC) and the ten members of the council

Highlights:

  • “Emerging global challenges over the last decade, including the financial crisis, population migration, food and energy crises, and natural disasters, have reinforced the need to secure and fulfill internationally agreed commitments to sustainable development.”
  • “For such commitments to be realized, critical infrastructure must be adapted to the impacts of climate change and resilient to natural and man-made disasters.”
  • “Civil engineers have an obligation to protect cultural and natural diversity, and they are central to the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of infrastructure networks that underpin civil society and economic activity and protect human health and welfare.”
  • “Approximately 75% of the issues outlined in Agenda 21, the main action document from the 1992 Earth Summit, involve engineering and technical issues. Action by civil engineers is essential.”
  • “Civil engineers require global political will to enable them to apply their knowledge and expertise to appropriately adapt infrastructure to attain meaningful progress.”
  • “Civil engineers are committed to provide the tools and advice to governments and policymakers at national and supranational levels on the skills and infrastructure required for a sustainable future.”
  • “Civil engineers must develop infrastructure capable of adaptation to the impacts of climate change.”
  • “Civil engineers have relied upon historical data to design infrastructure. Such data are often incomplete and limited in duration. Now they must develop design and operational practices to withstand future climate conditions – both extremes and gradual changes.”

Actions:

The ten member societies/institutions of the Asian Civil Engineering Co-ordinating Council will work with each other and with domestic and international organizations to engage engineers in addressing the needs of the poor through capacity building and the development of sustainable and appropriate solutions to poverty.

Commitments (abridged):

  • To lead internationally on the delivery of sustainable infrastructure.
  • To improving methods for identifying and considering all of a project’s environmental, social and economic costs and impacts throughout its life cycle.
  • To collecting data on infrastructure both nationally and, through collaboration, internationally and to providing informed opinion on the condition and requisite capacity of infrastructure for sustainable development.

 

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International Engineering Societies Statement: Sustainable Energy for All 2012 – Call on Governments to Support the United Nations ‘Sustainable Energy for All’

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Host:

IEEE (USA) – IET (UK) – IMechE (UK) – ICE (UK).

Highlights:

  • “We fully endorse the Secretary General’s vision and goal of achieving Sustainable Energy for All by 2030 and will strive to help achieve the goals [of, by 2030]: ensuring universal access to modern energy services; doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency; doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.”
  • “In the 20th Century, members of the engineering profession created the technologies and built the systems that provide safe and reliable energy to most of the world.”
  • “… we will continue this rich tradition and serve as advocates for providing sustainable energy everywhere.”

Actions:

We will work towards the development of the necessary technologies, the establishment of supportive public policies, and the financial investments needed to make this goal a reality.

Commitments:

We commit our support to achieving Sustainable Energy for All.

 

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Ljubljana Declaration: World Engineers Forum 2012 – Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure

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Host:

Slovenian Chamber of Engineers (IZS).

Highlights:

  • “Implementable solutions for sustainable construction must account for local and regional needs, cultures, priorities and available human and financial capacity”
  • “Development proposals and projects require thorough analysis of their technical, economic and environmental feasibility and social and cultural impacts before their approval and implementation”
  • “Sustainability and reliability of buildings and infrastructure for communities should be considered through integrated design by multi-disciplinary teams who are committed to life-cycle analysis”
  • “Substantial technological improvement as well as sound, evidence-based policies are needed.”
  • “Mitigating unacceptable impacts of manmade and natural disasters through sustainable planning.”
  • “Incorporating resilience to maintain the operations of critical systems.”

Actions:

We urge the world’s leaders to engage the world engineering community as a full partner in addressing these complex challenges as we evolve into a sustainable planet.

Commitments:

WFEO and its members are ready, willing and able to contribute expertise, creativity and dedication to delivering the elements of this declaration.

 

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Geneva Declaration: World Engineers’ Convention 2011 – Call for Action

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Host:

Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA).

Highlights:

  • “Building the necessary infrastructure to bring large scale renewable electricity from places with high yields (areas with high insolation or strong winds) to the places with high consumption requires huge investments and long lead times, as well as development of mechanisms to encourage infrastructure investment.”
  • “Energy efficiency measures will help reduce the energy intensity of national economies and, therefore, slow down the increase of primary energy demand.”
  • “Energy storage technologies – e.g. pumped hydro and compressed air storage, batteries for transportation – are key to the management of intermittent renewable energy sources.”
  • “The technologies needed for a low-carbon economy are being made available, or expected to be competitive soon if external costs are to be taken into consideration.”
  • “Research is needed to define the extreme loadings for which engineered facilities should be designed, operated and maintained. Historical records, which have been the bases for engineering decisions, can no longer be considered to define the environments our facilities will face in the future.”
  • “Investing in renewable technology means high ‘first costs’ and low ‘fuel costs’. Thus, the transformation from today’s energy mix into a low-carbon energy system requires a substantial increase in investments into infrastructure.”
  • “Further investments will be needed to meet the yearly per capita goal of 2 tons of CO2 per person by 2050.”
  • “The solutions are necessarily customized for each region. Sustainable models for power interconnection of countries in a given region to complement their energy supplies will have to be pursued and implemented.”
  • “Sustainable primary energy is well distributed and available in sufficient quantities in many places. Hence, transforming the energy system at regional, national and international levels will require both autonomous and cooperative action with the aim to minimise impacts on natural competitive advantages.”
  • “Regions showing high per-capita CO2 emissions are encouraged to start the transformation towards a more sustainable energy mix by identifying their specific way of achieving this transformation at lowest cost and impact to their economy and global competitiveness. Change and providing the incentives to invest and minimise the impacts on consumer budgets are mainly a political decision.”

 

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Buenos Aires Declaration: World Congress on Engineering 2010 – Technology, Innovation and Production for Sustainable Development

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Host:

Argentine Union of Associations of Engineers – Argentine Centre of Engineers.

Highlights:

  • “Encourage the action of engineers, and that of governmental and private organisations, to boost the capacity to innovate and to increase business efficiency and competitiveness.”
  • “Public authorities to give the necessary priority to the development of vocations and the promotion of engineering courses.”

Actions:

  • Celebration of Engineering Week in Argentina.
  • Urge UNESCO to implement the International Engineering Programme suggested by the World Engineers Convention in 2008 in Brasilia.
  • Ask national governments, multilateral banks and agencies and the United Nations agencies to give political and financial support to the work of engineering institutions.

Commitments (abridged):

  • The institutions that bring together engineering professions to spread what has been done at this Congress and contribute to advancing the integrated development of our institutions.
  • Foster the systemic participation of engineering institutions in analysis and decision-making processes of governments and development organisations.

 

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Kuwait Declaration: Alternative Energy Applications – Option or Necessity? 2009 – Kuwait Declaration Statement

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Host:

Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSE).

Highlights:

  • “Engineers worldwide believe that to meet expected energy demand, all energy options must be considered, including energy efficiency, renewables, cleaner and less carbon intensive fossil fuel, as well as nuclear.”
  • “Energy efficiency, conservation, and savings in transport, households and industry are very important means to accomplish this. Significant reductions in carbon emissions can be realized by increasing energy efficiency and the use of technology available today.”
  • “The impact of climate change is posing a serious risk to infrastructure that supports the economy.”
  • “All stakeholders – private sector, governments, professionals and civil society – must work quickly to ensure that these systems will continue to operate effectively.”

Commitments (abridged):

To actively engage with government policy makers to ensure they have relevant information on all feasible options.

To inform decision makers about risks and how best to adapt civil infrastructure in order to avoid negative impacts of climate change.

Through national members of WFEO, to strongly pursue options that will mitigate risks and reduce carbon emissions.

To promote young engineers participation and fully engage women engineers to assure their effective involvement at all levels.

 

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Brasilia Declaration: World Engineers’ Convention 2008 – Engineering: Innovation for Development with Social Responsibility

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Host:

Brazilian Federation of Engineers’ Associations – Brazilian Federal Council of Engineering, Architecture & Agronomy.

Highlights:

  • “Engineering as the driver of technological innovation and of vital importance in sustainable human, social and economic development.”
  • “In the current economic crisis we believe that engineering and innovation with social responsibility will be essential for our survival and progress.”
  • “Many countries are concerned that young people are turning away from science, engineering and technical education, and about the effect a declining interest and enrolment in engineering will have on capacity and development.”
  • “These issues and challenges are being further compounded by the recent financial and economic crisis, at a time when we need increased investment in engineering capacity building, R&D and infrastructure.”
  • “The main challenges for engineering are to promote capacity building and access to technology… through: promoting awareness of engineering to the public and young people; the development of technologies, including advanced technologies; the application and innovation of technologies; promoting inclusion, especially of women and young engineers of the future; global co-operation to reduce knowledge divisions.”
  • “Engineering education needs to emphasise the relevance of engineering to the global issues and challenges we face – the problem-solving profession needs to revitalise itself through such approaches as problem-based learning.”

Actions (abridged):

  • Launch of the first UNESCO Engineering Report – the first ever international report on engineering.
  • Call to governments to create enabling environments and support.
  • Proposal to develop an International Engineering Programme.
  • Proposal for second UNESCO Engineering Report for World Engineers’ Convention 2011.

Commitments (abridged):

  • Emphasise the importance of engineering as the main driver of innovation and sustainable social and economic development.
  • Develop a better understanding of the public perception of engineering, and the promotion of engineering studies and engineering policy.
  • Promote curricula and teaching methods in engineering education that emphasise relevance, applications and the problem-solving approach of engineering.

 

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Budapest Declaration: World Congress on Engineering Education 2006 – Mobility of Engineers

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Host:

WFEO – Committee on Education in Engineering (WFEO-CEIE) – Polish Federation of Engineering Associations.

Highlights:

  • “The engineering community has an essential role in promoting central issues of engineering education like quality of education, accreditation on engineering qualification, regional agreements, establishing substantial equivalence, curriculum and innovation.”
  • “Engineering education of our new century must reflect issues like effects of globalisation, importance of sustainability, the protection of natural and built environment, methods for poverty reduction, capacity building.”
  • “The engineering profession itself must represent a bridge between science and technology, and engineering education must reflect the interaction of engineers in industry and academia.”
  • “Life-long learning for engineers should contain disciplines, which represent this bridging role and help to take into account global interests and help to safeguard national interests and values as well as professional ethics.”

 

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