Capacity building through strengthening professional skills in engineering graduates

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Abstract

Engineering programs globally are rich in technical contents in order to meet and satisfy accreditation organizations requirements. However, most of these programs in recent years came to conclusions that most of students and graduates could be better served if engineering programs could include emphasis on professional or soft skills. Although some of these skills are required and often emphasized by accreditation bodies, mastering in them require vision, planning, and allocation of time and budget by academic institutions. Furthermore, these skills must be embedded in the curriculum from the freshman year. The State of Qatar, a small country in the Middle East, has developed and implemented a national vision for the country known as Vision 2030 [1, 2]. One of the major pillars in the national Vision 2030 is the Capacity Building by providing quality education and training for the nation in particular for the younger generation with the leadership aspiration. Texas A&M University has established a branch campus in Qatar and has been offering four engineering degree programs since 2003. This branch campus has been exceptionally successful in offering quality engineering degree programs with a high emphasis on developing and instilling professional skills in its graduates through a variety of opportunities created and implemented by the faculty. This paper presents some of these programs introduced by faculty to further build students’ professional skills and review some of the outcomes achieved over the past decade.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences - Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences, 2018
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages146-150
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9783319938813
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
EventAHFE International Conference on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences, 2018 - [state] FL, United States
Duration: 21 Jul 201825 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
Volume785
ISSN (Print)2194-5357

Other

OtherAHFE International Conference on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences, 2018
CountryUnited States
City[state] FL
Period21/7/1825/7/18

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Keywords

  • Accreditation
  • Communication skills
  • Continuous improvement
  • Professional skills
  • Student outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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Retnanto, A., Parsaei, H., & Parsaei, B. (2019). Capacity building through strengthening professional skills in engineering graduates. In Advances in Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences - Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Human Factors in Training, Education, and Learning Sciences, 2018 (pp. 146-150). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 785). Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93882-0_15