Review of Humanitarian Action and Development Engineering Education Programs

Jeremy Smith, Anh L.H. Tran, Paul Compston

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    Numerous engineering education programs globally now actively incorporate principles of humanitarian action and development, particularly through the Sustainable Development Goals, linked by a common goal to preserve life and alleviate human suffering. To assess these, a review of 65 humanitarian action and development engineering education programs and initiatives was conducted to assess the approaches used for program design, support, delivery, integration and recognition. This found multiple designs and integration methods from short-term extra-curricular initiatives to dedicated award programs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Numerous curriculum approaches were employed with project-based learning, study abroad and learning through service common. The breath of programs and award and recognition methods highlight the need for institutions and countries to discuss qualification recognition and equivalence to ensure quality of educational outcomes. The European Humanitarian Qualifications Framework is used as an example to map programs to humanitarian practice to potentially drive greater professionalisation of the sector.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)(In-Press)
    JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
    Early online date29 May 2019
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 May 2019



    • development engineering
    • engineering for sustainable development
    • humanitarian engineering
    • qualification frameworks

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