Perspectives on engineering education from the world of practice
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This special issue on early career engineers responds to a key challenge in engineering education – that of bringing the largely separate worlds of engineering education and engineering practice closer together. There are compelling reasons why the two worlds need to enter into productive dialogue. It is increasingly felt that the gap between what engineering education offers and what the world of engineering practice needs has widened. In her report on the state of engineering education globally, Graham points to the tension between "what engineering science professors want to teach engineers to do, so that they can become young scientists and PhD students, and the needs of government and society, which is to create engineers to contribute to economic development and growth" (2018, 34). Clearly, graduates of professional programmes need to be well-prepared for their future careers and for their future contributions to societal and technical development. So, what role can and should engineering education play in closing the gap between education and practice?
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