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MIT Releases Global Engineering Education Report

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On Tuesday, MIT News announced the publication of a new report, "Global state of the art in engineering education," by Ruth Graham in the Department of Engineering. The purpose of the report and the study that informed it is to provide insight into how engineering education is currently being practiced at the undergraduate level worldwide and how it is likely to transform in the coming years, especially considering the fundamental shifts occurring in "machines, materials, and systems."

The report is meant to "inform MIT's New Engineering Education Transformation (NEET), an initiative charged with developing and delivering a world-leading program of undergraduate engineering education at the university." Using in-depth case studies and interviews with 178 thought leaders in the engineering education field, the study answered five primary questions: 

1. Which institutions are considered to be the ‘current leaders’ in engineering education?

2. Which institutions are considered to be ‘emerging leaders’ in engineering education?

3. What features distinguish the ‘current leaders’ and ‘emerging leaders’ in engineering education?

4. What key challenges are likely to constrain the progress of engineering education in the future?

5. What is the future direction for the engineering education sector?

The study's findings point to three "anticipated trends." Firstly, it argues that a global shift in engineering education leadership is likely to occur in the near future, moving from institutions based in the "developed world" to South America and "emerging economic 'powerhouses' in Asia." Second, the study argues that engineering curriculum worldwide will shift toward a more student-oriented approach with greater social and societal relevance for 21st century problems. Third, the study anticipates "the emergence of a new generation of leaders in engineering education that delivers integrated student-centered curricula at scale." Many of the themes identified in the report were examined during March 2018 J-WEL Week, including curriculum development, student engagement, and online learning. 

Read the report.