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concept

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

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impact

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

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2021 EVENT

The 2021 GEDC Industry Forum will be held in partnership with the International Society for Engineering Pedagogy (IGIP) and TU Dresden’s Faculty of Transportation and Traffic Sciences “Friedrich List”, Institute of Traffic Telematics (TUD IoT).


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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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GEDC Industry Forum 2020 Highlights

Over 4 days, more than 120 engineering and technology leaders from 25 countries across 5 continents gathered online in the first virtual GEDC Industry Forum.

Engineering deans and leaders from academia, non-profit organizations, government and private sector connected via Zoom over four days, exchanging ideas on possible ways forward to adapt engineering education to a changing world.

The resulting output was extraordinary in the dynamism of the format and the scope of ideas presented. The 2020 GEDC Industry Forum ‘Idea Book’ presents this output in an interactive format allowing you to watch the short presentations from each group and explore useful resources related to each theme.

This edition of the GEDC Industry Forum organized by the GEDC, Petrus and McMaster University Faculty of Engineering, has the most participants in its three-year history.

Find out more about the 2020 GEDC Industry Forum here.

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.

600+

Global online community

120

Invited participants

50/50

Deans / Industry leaders

40+

Countries represented

50/50

Gender balance

90%

Of previous delegates would like to participate again

Core content

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Inspirational Sessions

The Industry Forum was designed to gather inspiring experts AND to create a platform where a learned community of industry and academic leaders can come together to build on our collective experience.

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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.

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Interactive Panels

Panelists representing industry, education, and the public sector, share their experience and insights on a topic relevant to one of the event themes. The panelists are deliberately chosen to represent a range of perspectives and their presentations are structured not simply to ‘inform’ participants but to stimulate discussion and debate among all attendees.

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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.

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The Global Learning Expedition

The student voice is a key feature of the GEDC Industry Forum. Ahead of the 2020 event, a diverse and truly global cohort of 48 selected students worked together in teams to re-design how we learn, work and live in the future. The best student presentations were shared with Industry Forum delegates for inspiration.

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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.

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Dynamic Design Groups

Participants work collaboratively in groups, each of which is tasked with designing solutions to challenges identified under one of the event themes. Each design group presents their conclusions and recommendations to the whole audience at the end of the Forum.

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Presentations

Each design group delivers an engaging, creative presentation of their work. This is where we design the future together by agreeing on what recommendations to take forward.

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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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