Qatar University (QU) College of Engineering (CENG) launched the Engineering Education Week this month, for the first time at QU, to highlight the expertise of research and innovation in Qatar. The week long activities expose professionals and researchers to the latest findings in engineering to relevant parties. It also involves a number of stakeholders with the concept of Engineering Education, which teaches knowledge and principles to the professional practice of engineering.

In his comment, CENG Dean Prof Abdelmagid Hamouda said, With reference to the main themes of Engineering Education Week, I think that we need to reframe the main concepts of studying and working in engineering, science, and technology fields within a broader context in coordination with stakeholders and partners. This event conference is considered as one of the methods that CENG is pursuing to support the educational learning systems and mechanism, in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.

In his comment, Professor of UNESCO Learning Technologies Prof Piet Kommers said, Universities need a higher didactic quality awareness nowadays. Industry and societies have an ever growing need for workers and citizens who can cope not only with domain and communicative skills, the need for conceptual skills for creative problem solving is greater than ever. As students need to manifest acquired expertise in teams, it is needed to let them study in teams and benefit from sharing expertise rather than solo actions. Assessment practices need to value students who showed to make team members learn as well. For this sake PBL (Problem-Based Learning) and Learners’ Intrinsic Motivation rather than the drive for obtaining a certain certificate has appeared on the agenda of higher education. Similar to Collaborative Learning, PBL needs assessment methods that reward authentic student solutions rather than replica of the examples in their teacher’s lectures. University lecturers need a continuous professional upgrading and development all the time. So far, ICT has mainly been directed towards learning support for students. We now admit that also teachers need to benefit more and more from available web-based training resources.

Centre for Engineering Education (CEE) Professor and Director Prof Khairiyah Mohd Yusof said, Efforts by the College of Engineering to hold the Engineering Education Week is commendable. The whole week of events, starting with the collaboration between the College of Engineering and the College of Education to jointly host the “Education and Instruction Technology Conference” sets a good example on the kind of multidisciplinary requirements to nurture quality future leaders and talents in engineering to face up to the challenges in the advent of Industrie 4.0. The activities held during this week, such as the Wooden Bridge Competition, forum held with industry leaders, as well as Workshop on 21st Century Learning for Engaging Millennials shows the commitment of the college to enhance engineering education. These efforts are positive toward making Qatar as the hub for engineering education in the Middle East, and contributing towards defining the identity of the Muslim Engineer in the 21st century.

Source: Qatar University