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2024 Global Engineering Deans Council
(GEDC) Industry Forum

Hosted by SUSTech College of Engineering, Shenzhen, China

14 - 17 January 2024



2024 GEDC Industry Forum Shenzhen, China

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A unique gathering of industry and academia

Since 2017, the GEDC Industry Forum has brought together leaders from the private sector, education and stakeholder organisations to develop the engineering leaders, experts and innovators of the future. The collaborative and creative format presents an opportunity to leverage collective knowledge and experience while developing an influential and meaningful dialogue.



A unique gathering of industry and academia

Designed and facilitated by the award-winning team at Petrus, the Forum kicks off late afternoon on Sunday 14th January 2024 with an opening plenary and welcome reception. The week will commence with inspirational talks, discussions and creative group work facilitated by renowned specialists. Conclusions, with a strong focus on next steps, will be presented on the final day. Networking and student interaction as well as opportunities to join relevant cultural and industrial visits in the area will also be available throughout the week.

An innovative university in a city of innovation: Shenzhen China

Shenzhen is one of China’s most innovative cities and one of the most important places in the world for manufacturing. We’re delighted that we will be hosted by SUSTech – a modern and internationally focussed university that aims to contribute to the global advancement of science and technology through interdisciplinary research, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

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Zhenghe XU, the founding Dean of College of Engineering at the Southern University
of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen (China)

Prof. Zhenghe Xu
Dean, College of Engineering, SUSTech


The GEDC Industry Forum is an excellent platform for bringing together engineering education and industry leaders from around the world.

SUSTech is proud to be hosting this innovative and forward-thinking event. We look forward to welcoming you on our campus to learn and share together on the critical challenges we face.


The event format is specifically designed to enable our community to flourish through the sharing of powerful ideas that result in inspired action. For that reason, the number of places available deliberately low, spread equally across academia and industry. Typical participants include Rectors, Deans and Directors of Education; R&D or HR Directors, CEOs, Heads of Engineering, Innovation or Technology.


If you have any questions about the event or would like to propose someone be invited, please get in touch: