WFEO 50th anniversary celebrations

 

WFEO was founded on 4th March 1968 and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018 with a series of events during the year.

 

WFEO Symposium, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris – 7th March 2018

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DSC01633-800The event took place in the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and consisted of a half day Symposium with key topics that focused on how WFEO is progressing the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals through engineering. Prominent UNESCO officials were invited to attend.

The Symposium was jointly hosted with UNESCO and was attended by many of our stakeholders including UNESCO delegations, UNESCO staff and representatives of NGOs involved in science and engineering.

The Symposium had the primary objective of sharing some of the projects which will form part of the WFEO Engineering 2030 Plan. WFEO is committed to progressing the sustainable development goals through engineering and is taking the lead in bringing together various organisations and groups so that we can work together in partnership.

The following presentations, divided in two sessions, showcase the projects being developed under the WFEO Engineering 2030 Plan by our Standing Technical Committees, national and international members and our partners.

 
WFEO President Marlene Kanga, WFEO Executive Vice President and Chair WFEO UN Relations Committee Reginald Vachon and Director of UNESCO’s Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building Douglas Nakashima open the Symposium

Marlene Kanga WFEO President, Reginald Vachon WFEO Executive Vice President and Chair WFEO UN Relations Committee (WURC) and Douglas Nakashima Director of UNESCO’s Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building open the Symposium

 



 

Session 1: Capacity Building for Engineering

Capacity building in engineering necessarily focusses on engineering education and professional development. The presentations below present the diversity of projects that are under way or to be implemented.

1.  Engineering education and capacity building in developing countries

By Prof. Wu Qidi, Director of the International centre for Engineering Education (ICEE), UNESCO Category 2 centre, based at Tsinghua University, China.
Prof. Wu is an electronics engineer, former president of Tongji University, former Vice Minister for Education and one of China’s leading women engineers. Her presentation covered the work of ICEE in capacity building in engineering and the role of engineering education.

Prof. Wu Qidi, Director UNESCO Category 2 centre, ICEE, Tsinghua University, China

                                                       Prof. Wu Qidi

 

2.  South-South Cooperation for capacity building in engineering

By Dr. Dato Lee Yee Cheong, Honorary Chairman of the International Science Technology and Innovation (ISTIC), UNESCO Category 2 centre, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Dr. Dato Lee Yee Cheong spoke about the importance of South-South Cooperation in capacity building in engineering, especially through education. Dato Lee is also a Past President of WFEO.

Dr. Dato Lee Yee Cheong, Hon. Chairman UNESCO Category 2 centre, ISTIC, Malaysia

                                                       Dr. Dato Lee Yee Cheong

 

3.  Engineering education – latest trends for engineering and sustainable development

By Dr. Hans J. Hoyer, Secretary General of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES).

Dr. Hoyer talked about some of the current issues in engineering education and how WFEO and IFEES can work together to build capacity in engineering worldwide. The membership and networks of IFEES comprises the engineering academics of the world and complements the members of WFEO which represents the professional engineering institutions.

Dr. Hans J. Hoyer, Secretary General IFEES, International Federation of Engineering Education Societies

                                                       Dr. Hans J. Hoyer

 

4.  Professional development for young engineers for sustainable development

By Mr. Alain Bentejac, President of the Federation of International Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)
Mr. Alain Bentejac spoke about the needs of industry and the professional development requirements for engineers.

Mr. Alain Bentejac, President FIDIC, Federation of International Consulting Engineers

                                                       Mr. Alain Bentejac

 

5.  Strategies to attract and support women in engineering

By Ms. Hema Vallabh, Co-founder WomEng, an international NGO developing the next generation of female engineering leaders and an associate of WFEO.

Ms. Hema Vallabh spoke about her work to encourage more girls into STEM and retaining women in the engineering profession.

Ms. Hema Vallabh, Co-founder WomEng, WFEO Associate

                                                       Ms. Hema Vallabh

 

6.   WFEO and the International Engineering Alliance

By Prof. Yashin Brijmohan, Chair WFEO Capacity Building Committee, Chair Committee on International Education.

Prof. Yashin Brijmohan spoke about the relationship between WFEO and the International Engineering Alliance which provides mutual recognition for engineering courses in more than 20 nations and the work being done within WFEO to progress capacity building in engineering.


Prof. Yashin Brijmohan, Chair WFEO Capacity Building Committee, Chair Committee on International Education

                                                       Prof. Yashin Brijmohan

 

Session 2: Progressing the UN Sustainable development Goals through Engineering

The following presentations focus on specific projects that progress the UN Sustainable development goals focusing on special issues relating to engineering including ethics, sustainable engineering practices, diversity and innovation. These projects are being run by our Standing Technical Committees, and our national and international members.

1.  Implementing renewable energy projects

By Mr. Pradeep Chaturvedi, Vice Chair WFEO Committee on Energy.
Mr. Pradeep Chaturvedi presented his project on sustainable development in energy.

 

2.  Resilience against natural disasters – technology for early warning

By Prof. Jorge Alva Hurtado, Chair WFEO Committee on Disaster Risk Management and President of the Institution of Engineers Peru (CIP)

Prof. Jorge Alva Hurtado presented the project on developing early warning systems against natural disasters.


Prof. Jorge Alva Hurtado, Chair WFEO Committee on Disaster Risk Management

                                                       Prof. Jorge Alva Hurtado

 

3.  Building strong institutions through governance and anti-corruption

By Mr. Martin Manuhwa, Chair of WFEO Committee on Anti-Corruption and Chairman of the Engineering Council of Zimbabwe (ECZ).


Mr. Martin Manuhwa, Chair WFEO Committee on Anti-Corruption

                                                       Mr. Martin Manuhwa

 

4.  Resilient infrastructure for sustainable development

By Mr. Pratarp Singh, Past President Fiji Institution of Engineers and President of the South Pacific Engineers Association.


Mr. Pratarp Singh, Past President Fiji Institution of Engineers, WFEO national member

                                                       Mr. Pratarp Singh

 

5.  Challenges for engineering: contribution to SDG6- Water

By Mr. Tomas Sancho, representing WCCE, an international member of WFEO and the national engineering institution of Spain (IIE) and Portugal (OdE), both national members of WFEO.

Mr. Tomas Sancho spoke about the challenges of water and sustainable development.


Mr. Tomas Sancho, representing WCCE, an international member of WFEO and the national engineeringinstitution of Spain (IIE) and Portugal (OdE), both national members of WFEO

                                                       Mr. Tomas Sancho

 

6.  Water and sustainable development

By Mr. Alfonso Gonzalez, President of the World Council of Civil Engineers (WCCE)
Mr. Alfonso Gonzalez spoke on water and sustainable development.


Mr. Alfonso Gonzalez, President WCCE, World Council of Civil Engineers, WFEO international member

                                                       Mr. Alfonso Gonzalez

 

The Paris Declaration

This event was marked by a joint declaration by UNESCO and WFEO 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.

Our thanks to Mr. Douglas Nakashima, Director of UNESCO’s Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building, for representing Ms. Flavia Shlegel, Assistant Director-General of Natural Science at our Symposium and signing this Declaration.

 The Paris Declaration

 The Paris Declaration in a booklet format

WFEO President Marlene Kanga and Director of UNESCO’s Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building Douglas Nakashima signing the Paris Declaration

                                                       Marlene Kanga and Douglas Nakashima signing the Paris Declaration

 

Co-operation Agreements

WFEO signed agreements to co-operate with five international organisations involved in industry, engineering education, women in engineering and science and UNESCO Category 2 Centres that are involved in capacity building and in engineering education.

These partnerships will enable WFEO to work more effectively on specific projects that will progress the UN SDGs.

The signing of the following agreements was the culmination of two years of liaison and discussion with five leading international organisations in engineering:

The International Centre for Engineering Education (ICEE), a UNESCO Category 2 Centre based in Tsinghua University, Beijing, to improve standards and capacity building in engineering education.  The agreement

The International Science Technology and Innovation Centre (ISTIC), a UNESCO Category 2 Centre based in Kuala Lumpur, to progress South-South co-operation in engineering education  The agreement

The International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), an international society to progress standards in engineering education and capacity building worldwide.  The agreement

The Federation of International Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), to work together for the professional development of young engineers and in projects involving sustainability and training in ethical engineering practices  The agreement

The International Network for Women Engineers and Scientists (INWES), an NGO recognised by the United Nations Economic and Social Council and the largest network of women engineers and scientists internationally.  The agreement

 

The video on the future of engineering

The video entitled “Engineering: Building a Better and Sustainable Future” was produced with the assistance of the national member from China, China Association for Science and technology (CAST) and was shown in avant-premiere at the event on 7th March 2018.

 


Engineering: Building a Better and Sustainable Future

 

Announcement of two new WFEO Awards

 The Dr. Zuheir Alami WFEO Award for Engineering Innovation

This award, supported by Khatib and Alami, will recognise the importance of engineering innovation at an international level. We invite innovative companies from around the world to apply for this award via the WFEO website following its announcement. The award will be presented at the Global Engineering Congress in London 2018.

 The Gree WFEO Women in Engineering Award

This award, supported by Gree Electric Appliance Co, will recognise the contributions of women to engineering at an international level. We invite organisations from around the world to nominate outstanding women engineering for this award via the WFEO website following its announcement. The award will be presented at the Global Engineering Congress in London 2018.

 

Announcement of the Young Engineers Competition

 The Young Engineers Competition

This competition will recognise the important contribution of our young engineering leaders around the world to sustainable development.

The best submissions will be published in a document to be released at the Global Engineering Congress in London in 2018.

We also acknowledge the support of our event sponsors: Sungrow Power Corporation and China Electric Power Technology Net, Beijing Zhongdian-Keneng Exhibition Service Co. Ltd and Prof. Haoyong Chen, Chair of Global Chinese Power & Energy Society (GCPES). Their support was invaluable to ensure a successful event.

 

WFEO 50th Anniversary celebrations in Spain and Portugal

 WFEO 50th Anniversary celebrations at Instituto de la Ingenieria de Espana (IIE)

The WFEO National member of Spain, Instituto de la Ingenieria de España (IIE), celebrated the WFEO 50th Anniversary with a Symposium on “Engineering challenges: Our contribution to the accomplishment of UN’s SDG 6 – Water“, in Madrid, Spain, between 28 February and 1st March 2018.

The Forum was concluded with the signing of the Madrid declaration by WFEO, IIE and a number of other institutions on “Water – The Future We Want” / (version española)

 WFEO 50th Anniversary celebrations at Ordem dos Engenheiros (OdE)

The WFEO National member of Portugal, Ordem dos Engenheiros (OdE), celebrated the WFEO 50th Anniversary with a Symposium on “The Portuguese Engineer in the world context”, in Lisbon, Portugal, the 26th February 2018.

 

Global Engineering Congress (GEC2018), 20-26 October 2018, London

The Global Engineering Congress (GEC2018) and extended WFEO Executive Council meeting will be held in London from 20-26 October 2018. This important event is hosted by the Institution of Civil Engineers UK (ICE). The ICE is celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2018.

The GEC2018 will also include sessions featuring the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE) and the triennial civil engineering meetings of the ASCE, CSCE and ICE

The theme of the conference will be focussed on advancing a number of the UN Sustainable Development Goals including water poverty, energy shortages, growing urbanisation and the effects of climate change.

 
 



 
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