Engineers Worldwide At present are Constructing a Sustainable Tomorrow

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

World Federation of Engineering Organizations

From WFEO correspondent Christine Tan

PARIS, March 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Engineering has been an essential occupation, serving to to sort out main points comparable to poverty discount, local weather resilience, public well being and sustainable improvement. “The foremost drawback dealing with the world at present is sustaining human improvement and preserving the planet. At any time when there’s a drawback, there’s a want for engineering options,” says Gong Ke, President of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO).

On 4th March 2021, the annual World Engineering Day (WED) will convene beneath the auspices of UNESCO. Because the UNESCO Director-Basic, Ms. Audrey Azoulay explains, WED will “have a good time the achievements of engineers and their contributions to sustainability and a greater high quality of life for all.” This 12 months, WED welcomes the excessive patronage of Emmanuel Macron, President of France and coincides with the launch of the second UNESCO engineering report, “Engineering for Sustainable Improvement” with UNESCO’s companions, the WFEO, the Chinese language Academy of Engineering (CAE), Tsinghua College, and the Worldwide Centre of Engineering Schooling (ICEE), amongst many others. Representatives from over 10 completely different nations, genders and age teams from youths to adults, will converse at WED 2021. As well as, many extra various engineering communities will take part over 50 WED occasions held concurrently in each continent world wide.

The WFEO is represented by over 100 nationwide engineering establishments and 30 million engineers globally, main the WED initiative to extend worldwide recognition of the essential position of engineering in accelerating the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Improvement Objectives (SDGs). Engineering schooling and capability constructing are keys to enabling the SDGs. Politicians can foster them; institutional buyers can fund them; however solely engineers can construct them.

“World Engineering Day is a chance to acknowledge the essential work that engineers must do, in addressing local weather change and creating applied sciences for a carbon free financial system. It’s engineering improvements that can obtain this objective. Engineers will be sure that cities are cleaner, extra sustainable, smarter and livable. And importantly, engineers will be sure that everybody has secure clear accessible water, sanitation methods and reasonably priced and dependable vitality”, says Marlene Kanga, Previous Nationwide President of Engineers Australia and the Speedy Previous President of WFEO.

Calling for extra world motion from a number of stakeholder teams, “We hope that this new UNESCO engineering report will assist stakeholders from authorities, business and academia articulate the worth of engineering, encourage concepts to enhance and innovate engineering, and assist obtain the complete potential of engineering to profit the sustainable improvement of humankind and planet Earth,” says Zhou Ji, Honorary Chairman of the Governing Board of the CAE and Co-chair of the Advisory Board of ICEE.

The appearance of the Fourth Industrial Revolution has introduced technological advances in synthetic intelligence, massive information, Web of Issues and blockchain, reworking the methods folks stay and work together with their bodily, organic and digital house. “These transformations could be seen in each area of engineering, profoundly affecting industrial methods, manufacturing and governance,” says Audrey Azoulay.

Engineering improvements are creating quickly and these world efforts are important for fixing present challenges and constructing a greater future for humankind. Prior to now 12 months, engineers have been within the highlight for his or her inventive options to handle the COVID-19 pandemic. Marlene Kanga notes that within the 12 months following the coronavirus pandemic, the theme of the WED celebrations in 2021, Engineering for a wholesome planet, “acknowledges the work of engineers and engineering within the seek for a brand new vaccine, utilizing synthetic intelligence and information evaluation within the course of. Superior manufacturing applied sciences comparable to 3D printing has been used within the manufacture of non-public protecting gear. Refrigeration applied sciences and transportation and logistics improvements are getting used to move vaccines to each nook of the earth. That is really a 12 months the place the world couldn’t exist with out engineering.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the decision for pressing motion, whereas affirming the relevance of engineering to sustainable improvement,” observes Gong Ke. He additionally inspired extra affirmative motion within the engineering group, saying that “engineering ought to play a extra proactive position within the combat towards COVID-19 and within the pursuit of a very transformative restoration to construct again higher.”

Audrey Azoulay raised a urgent concern on the pressure that the pandemic has positioned on engineering schooling. “To coach our greatest engineers to sort out these world challenges, we want younger folks to review arithmetic and science from an early age; nonetheless, the worldwide pandemic has led to the closure of academic establishments for 1.5 billion learners worldwide – greater than 90% of the world’s college inhabitants – with dire penalties for his or her schooling.”

Thus, it’s crucial for engineers to innovate on engineering schooling, curricula, new instructing strategies and schooling supply. “Coaching engineers for the implementation of the SDGs requires not solely new competencies, together with inventive studying and considering, complicated problem-solving, interdisciplinary and worldwide cooperation, and a code of ethics, it additionally calls for a change in engineering schooling itself,” says Jose Vieira, President-Elect of WFEO.

Marlene Kanga additionally emphasised the significance of encouraging all younger folks, girls and boys, to think about engineering as a profession and to encourage them on this selection. She says, “if you wish to change the world, develop into an engineer.”

“At current, nonetheless, sources for engineering science and know-how and engineering schooling should not equitably distributed. Growing nations and areas, particularly, are missing in certified engineers and engineering sources. We subsequently urge the worldwide engineering group to work to ascertain a extra equitable, inclusive, developmental and mutually useful world for all, by working carefully with authorities, business and academia; by empowering engineering capacity-building in deprived areas; and by tackling world challenges by means of joint efforts,” says Zhou Ji, calling consideration to the gaps in sources distribution and ensuring that nobody is left behind.

One essential world useful resource is water. “Water, as a prerequisite for all times, assumes a particular focus when it comes to sustainable improvement. The shut relationship between human well being and the well-being of communities with entry to scrub water is a figuring out issue for the financial and social improvement of society,” says Jose Vieira. Important progress in water and environmental engineering have led to greener applied sciences and extra sustainable improvement of our planet.

“Engineering itself wants a change to be extra revolutionary, inclusive, cooperative and accountable,” says Gong Ke, “The engineering report back to be launched is a brand new report printed 10 years after the primary landmark engineering report of UNESCO, aiming to extend the general public consciousness of the essential position of engineers and engineering in attaining each one of many 17 Sustainable Improvement Objectives; to name for world collaboration amongst governments, industries and civil society; to advertise engineering improvements, and to remodel the engineering occupation with a stronger capability to reply to the urgent challenges confronted by humankind and the planet; and to form a peaceable, affluent, inclusive and sustainable world for all folks with nobody left behind, encouraging extra collaboration and sharing of engineering sources at a worldwide degree.”

Finally, WED goals to advertise engineering consciousness, variety, collaboration, schooling and sources sharing, with a standard world objective to realize the SDGs by 2030.

Christine Tan, PhD CEng FIET is a Royal Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the Establishment of Engineering and Know-how UK, and Professor of Science and Know-how Schooling at Fujian Regular College China. She is an energetic science author and STEM outreach volunteer.

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