Electrical engineering education for a sustainable world: Adjustment of academic programs in Ecuador

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Abstract

Electrical engineering has been one of the most evolving fields of the engineering since its origin as a profession in the late nineteenth century. As a result, the program offered by universities has had to face challenges to adapt to an ever-changing environment. This article assesses the impact of the modifications performed in electrical engineering programs of Ecuador to fit in a world that currently focuses on renewable energy and sustainable development while educating future professionals possessing the competences required by the national energy sector. To achieve this goal, the project proposes different evaluation criteria that respond to the three elements of study: educational objectives, curriculum content and learning components. Such criteria include content analysis, online survey and interviews with specialists. The outcomes indicate most universities have updated their curriculum into the current national energy exploitation scene; however, they do not count with the necessary resources to teach specialized courses on energy sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education, and Technology
Subtitle of host publication"Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities and Communities", LACCEI 2019
PublisherLatin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions
ISBN (Electronic)9780999344361
ISBN (Print)9780999344361
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event17th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education, and Technology, LACCEI 2019 - Montego Bay, Jamaica
Duration: 24 Jul 201926 Jul 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the LACCEI international Multi-conference for Engineering, Education and Technology
Volume2019-July
ISSN (Electronic)2414-6390

Conference

Conference17th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education, and Technology, LACCEI 2019
Country/TerritoryJamaica
CityMontego Bay
Period24/07/1926/07/19

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The three elements expose the need to introduce new technologies and environments dedicated to open and flexible educational proposals, such as virtual and learning-by-doing courses. The need to be part of the knowledge society might be solved through the economic grants the Ecuadorian Secretariat of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation [34] is giving out for research projects. Consequently, this enrichment of education will help prepare engineers not only concerned about fulfilling national and regional energy requirements, but participative in overcoming environmental, social, and economic challenges, from a local to a global context [8], [35].

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Curriculum update
  • Energy engineering
  • Higher education
  • Learning activities
  • Undergraduate program

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