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20 - 23 sept 2021

Join us at the 2021 GEDC Industry Forum which 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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2020 concept

Building on 3 highly successful events to date, engineering and technology leaders from the private sector and education, NGOs and government gathered 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.



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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We have launched a series of Dynamic Dialogue sessions designed to explore further the themes discussed at the event. The first webinar in the series focused on ‘Corporate learning, alternative and complementary certification’. In partnership with Coursera


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.

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.


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Core content

Inspirational Sessions

The Industry Forum was designed not to be solely an occasion for input from expert panelists 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.


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 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.


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.

Global Learning Expedition

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.


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.


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 to the whole group in creative and engaging ways at the end of the Forum.


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.

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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

The 2020 Industry Forum has now come to an end. With over 140 participants from 6 continents including engineering deans, industry leaders and technology start ups it was a highly interactive and dynamic event concluding with the presentation of 9 brilliant ideas on how to improve engineering education for the future. We’d be delighted to hear from more potential participants and contributors so do please stay in touch by signing up for news or contacting:

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

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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