Student reflections on sustainability in engineering education

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SEFI Annual Conference 2011, 2011, pp. 523 - 526
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Copyright © 2015 SEFI. A short course of three weeks duration for recently graduated and final year engineering students has been conducted every year since 2001 at EPF, Ecole d'ingenieurs generaliste, Sceaux, France. The short course was run under the auspices of the International Institute of Women in Engineering (IIWE) with the aim of introducing young engineers to broad global concepts and issues relating to their future professional practice. The curriculum of this interdisciplinary and intercultural learning program has evolved over several years in iterative cycles of innovation, evaluation and fine-tuning the implementation. To assess the effectiveness of various initiatives in the content and delivery of the course, the participants in 2006 completed the same questionnaire prior to the commencement of, and at the conclusion of the course. Since then participants have completed a modified questionnaire at the end of their course, with questions specifically addressing changes to the course such as the introduction of a specific course theme, a group project and industrial visits focused on sustainable engineering. This paper reports on a selection of the results of these questionnaires and how these results have been used to make changes to the IIWE course.
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