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Reimagining a curriculum for tomorrow's engineers at Universidad de Los Andes

How MIT Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) helped Universidad de Los Andes’ School of Engineering redesign curricula into an adaptable model across undergraduate programs

Students will graduate not only with technical, but also transversal skills, to be able to work with others and propose solutions to the challenges of the future.”

The J-WEL team helped Uniandes by focusing their offerings on how to teach with project-based action learning so students could actively link their classroom learning to the work they do in the field. Today, many Uniandes engineering classes incorporate interactions with external partners, bringing ideas and problems from the nonprofit sector, industry, governmental agencies, and local communities into the curriculum. A second key way in which Uniandes faculty harnessed MIT-led ideas was by incorporating human skills into engineering classes, building capabilities for communication with multiple audiences, working with multidisciplinary teams, and understanding the social, environmental, and ethical impact of technical solutions.