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Engineering curricula in sustainable development. An evaluation of changes at Delft University of Technology

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This paper will first sketch some basic features of the engineering profession, and the need for change. It will analyse the political process that resulted in the decision at Delft University of Technology (DUT) to emphasise Sustainable Development (SD) in its curricula. The main goal of this education is to show that SD is not a burden, but a challenge to contribute to as an engineer. It will describe the changes in the engineering curriculum that were implemented and give a preliminary evaluation of these changes. The changes encompassed: a 3 ECTS compulsory training module “Technology in Sustainable Development”,implementing SD issues in existing courses and design work, andthe development of a special MSc graduation certificate.

Keywords: Chemistry strategy; Curriculum change; Engineering culture; Sustainable development

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Technology Policy & Management, Jaffalaan 5, NL 2628 RZ, Delft, The Netherlands

Publication date: May 1, 2006

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