Developing the next generation
of engineering innovators,
experts and leaders.

Online in 2020
28 SEPT - 01 OCT
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concept

Building on 3 highly successful events to date, engineering and technology leaders from the private sector and education, NGOs and government will gather over 4 days to reflect and exchange on critical issues in a unique, interactive format allowing every voice to be heard.

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Impact

The GEDC Industry Forum leverages collective knowledge and experience, developing an influential, meaningful dialogue. From socially conscious engineering and ethics to micro credentials and open innovation, the content and ideas which emerge address the most important issues of our time.

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Prof. Sirin Tekinay

Dean of Engineering, American University of Sharjah, UAE and Chair GEDC

The world of education is undergoing profound change as a result of the unprecedented challenges we are experiencing right now. Engineering communities are emerging as leaders of the change, and there will be much to share and discuss in September.

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The Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) was created on 9th May 2008 in Paris as a recognition of the global need for a world-wide forum of engineering deans and rectors. The main goal of the GEDC is to provide engineering deans and rectors with ideas, tools, and “best practices” necessary to become innovative leaders of engineering education.

Petrus Communications is a multi-award-winning international agency that specialises in connecting our clients with students and universities. We create innovative and impactful projects that bring together leading companies, students and the global education community. We enable young people to fulfill their potential by making the many exciting opportunities the world holds more visible and more attainable.

Ranked among the world’s top engineering schools, the Faculty of Engineering plays a significant role in helping McMaster University earn its reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative universities. The faculty places an emphasis on experiential, problem-based learning and an interdisciplinary approach to collaboration, resulting in smarter insights, ground-breaking ideas and greater optimism.

Who Should attend

Previous participants have come from a wide range of engineering and technology specializations across education and the private sector; from FTSE 100 leaders to dynamic tech start-ups. Typical attendees include President, Vice-Rector, Dean and Director of Education; R&D or HR Director, CEO, HO Engineering Innovation or Technology.

500+

Global online community

120

Invited participants

50/50

Deans / Industry leaders

35+

Countries represented

50/50

Gender balance

96%

Of delegates would like
to participate again

Core content

Inspirational Sessions

The Industry Forum was designed not to be solely an occasion for input from expert panellists but also to create a platform where a learned community made up of both industry and academic leaders would come together to build on this collective experience and know-how.

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Dora Smith

Senior Director, Global Academic Program, Siemens

A very unique opportunity for academic and industry leaders to engage on emerging trends and best practices in engineering education.

Interactive Panel

Panellists representing industry, education, and the public sector, share their experience and insights on a topic relevant to one of the event themes. The panellists are deliberately chosen to represent a range of perspectives.

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Lintuo Wu

Director of Global Partnership Program, Huawei

One of the benefits of the Industry Forum is to be connected to the elite circle of international engineering educators, to learn about the experiences of both industry partners and academia.

Pre-Event Seminars

To develop expertise and explore relevant themes in depth, a small number of seminars will take place ahead of the main event, on topics such as diversity, student engagement, embedding ethics or expertise in online delivery.

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Jenna Carpenter

Dean of School of Engineering, Campbell University

Truly unique and engaging. The Industry Forum provided a great platform for helping attendees truly get to know one another and share ideas, generate future collaborations and more.

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Dave Wilson

Vice President, Product Marketing Academic, Customer Education, Software, National Instruments

The GEDC Industry Forum gave an excellent opportunity to discuss and generate ideas on how universities and industries can work together to better prepare students for their careers.

Dynamic Design Groups

Participants are divided into several groups, each of which is tasked with designing solutions to challenges identified under one of the event themes, and then presenting these solutions in creative and engaging ways at the end of the Forum.

Presentations

On the final day of the Industry Forum, delegates showcase their ideas on how to turn the present into the future with a series of team presentations. Groups are encouraged to be as creative and innovative in the format of their presentations as in their content.

why attend

Thanks for joining us!

A word from our host

The GEDC Industry Forum provides the opportunity to bring together leading thinkers to discuss how best to transform engineering education and strengthen ties between academia and the private and public sectors. As a champion of research and education with impact, the Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University is proud to host this influential and forward-thinking event that will explore solutions for a changed world. We anticipate that the outcomes of this first-ever virtual forum will spark crucial discussions that will bring hope and agency to engineering education along with facilitating strategies and implementations.

Dr. Ishwar K. Puri

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University

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Get involved

To maintain the highly interactive nature of the event which allows every voice to be heard, participation is by invitation only with the number of places available deliberately low. We’d be delighted to hear from more potential participants and contributors so if you would like to receive an invitation, please get in touch: contact@gedc-industryforum.com

A small number of engaging, interactive sponsorship opportunities are available to support the event, our publications and outreach activity. Find out more here or contact dominic@petruscommunications.com

The Global Engineering Deans Council is a remarkable resource and network for leaders in engineering education – find out more about becoming a member of the GEDC here.

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