In 2016, NEET commissioned Dr. Ruth Graham, an independent UK-based consultant, to conduct a global undergraduate education benchmarking study as part of its process of gathering evidence from stakeholders. Published in March 2018, the report has generated world-wide interest.

Drawing on interviews with 178 individuals with in-depth knowledge and experience of world-leading engineering programs, the report provides a snapshot of the cutting edge of global engineering education, as well as a horizon scan of how the state of the art is likely to develop in the future.

The report addresses five key 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 report’s findings pointed to three defining trends:

  1. A tilting of the global axis of engineering education leadership.
  2. A move towards socially-relevant and outward-facing engineering curricula.
  3. The emergence of a new generation of leaders in engineering education that delivers integrated student-centered curricula at scale.

The broad interest in the report led to MIT and Olin College jointly convening a first-of-its kind Colloquium on the Global State of the Art in Engineering Education in 2019. The invitees were the 16 institutions that were identified in the study as current and emerging global leaders. The proceedings will be published in ASEE’s Advances in Engineering Education as a Special Issue. There were over ninety-four participants in the Colloquium including students, university presidents, provosts, deans, senior faculty, educators and academic and technical staff. The 16 institutions that participated in the first colloquium have proposed that this global community should be nurtured and developed. They have announced that the second Colloquium will be held at University College London in April 2020; the conveners are University College London, UK, Aalborg University, Denmark and Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.

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