New trends show that the professional profile of new engineers calls for certain traits which are essential, such as multidisciplinary knowledge, responsibility, ethics, technical intuition, creativity, multicultural sensitivity, social awareness, respect for the environment, understanding of other disciplines and the ability to work in teams, among others. And it is not that our Faculty fails at delivering these skills to engineers to be, but a fact is clear: we always need to be the best and we cannot rest on the idea of just being the best engineering school in the country.
Along these lines, the Engineering & Sciences 2030 project came to be. It is an undertaking we hope we can build and implement through everyone’s contributions, with an open mind that summons students, officials, scholars and society at large.
Last year we held a meeting with graduates and could listen to their experiences in the labor market. The message was clear: we need to undertake, innovate, create, speak other languages, etc., i.e. an engineer who is a citizen of the world. We need to create more chances for practice in our curriculum to be able to develop projects having an impact on society and for academic work to flow into the solutions to complex science-technology-based problems. We are working on the creation of a Master’s Degree program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Science and Technology whose aim is to go from invention to innovation, bringing the world of science and technology closer to solving the problems which affect society.
Another key issue is internationalizing our professionals, an area hardly addressed in our country. It is a serious matter if our engineers do not want to go out to the world and see and work in other countries, disregarding all the benefits that entails in the work area. A generalized opinion which was made clear to us during a meeting held less than a month ago with heads of different private and public institutions in our country is that it is not necessary for us to go abroad to find the technological solutions the country needs, we count on the necessary labor force ourselves to be the main actors in those solutions, to foster them here and not buy them elsewhere.
Industry also has its role in making this happen by not trusting engineers enough for them to do research and think of solutions that work. It is important for us as an institution to have a good rapport with public and private companies so that we can do the follow-up of our engineers and get to know how they are being evaluated at work. This, in turn, will allow us to improve the tools we give them in our classrooms.
We count on the background and will continue to collect opinions from industry representatives in order to become the best, not only for the Faculty but for the future of our country, according to global demands.
Director of Engineering & Sciences 2030 Project.
Scholar in charge of Curriculum Harmonization.