Introducing development education in technical universities: successful experiences in Spain

TitleIntroducing development education in technical universities: successful experiences in Spain
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsBoni, A, Perez-Foguet, A
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education
Date Published2008
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number03043797
KeywordsACCULTURATION , ACTIVITY , Development , educational , ENGINEERING , ethical , School , SPAIN , student , sustainable , TEACHER , TEACHERS , technical
AbstractThis paper presents and analyses the main characteristics of successful experiences of Development Education (DE) introduced in two major Spanish Technical Universities (Technical University of Catalonia, TUC, and Technical University of Valencia, TUV) during the nineties and the beginning of the twenty-first century. In this paper, after a brief presentation of DE concept evolution and its links with sustainable development and education for sustainability, a classification of different instruments that the University uses to push DE activities is presented. This proposal is based on the conclusion of the Spanish Committee of University Co-operation for Development (CEURI), re-elaborated by the authors of this paper. AfThese initiatives illustrate the feasibility and great potential of DE activities for introducing non-technical issues in engineering education. The initiatives highlighted are: Ethical codes such as the Ethical Code of the School of Industrial Engineers of the Technical University of Valencia; Training of faculty/lecturers and teaching innovation groups such the GREVOL group of Technical University of Valencia and the Interest Group of Collaborative Learning of the Technical University of Catalonia; Free elective courses in bachelor/master studies dedicated to international development aid and technology for human development as well as promotion of end of grade works and projects in the three universities; Student mobility programmes in coordination with technological-focused Non-Governmental Development Organisations, such as Engineering without Borders Spanish groups, which are present in the two universities.
NotesBoni, A. 1; Email Address: Perez-Foguet, A. 2; Affiliation: 1: Group of Studies on Development, International Cooperation and Applied Ethics, Department of Project Engineering, Technical University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain 2: Research Group in Development Co-operation and Human Development (GRECDH), Co-operation for Development Centre (CCD), Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain; Source Info: Jun2008, Vol. 33 Issue 3, p343; Subject Term: ACCULTURATION; Subject Term: TECHNICAL institutes; Subject Term: EDUCATIONAL innovations; Subject Term: SCHOOL integration; Subject Term: ENGINEERING -- Study & teaching (Continuing education); Subject Term: EDUCATIONAL evaluation; Subject Term: TEACHERS -- Training of; Subject Term: ACTIVITY programs in education; Subject Term: SUSTAINABLE development; Subject Term: SPAIN; Author-Supplied Keyword: development education; Author-Supplied Keyword: development lectures; Author-Supplied Keyword: ethical codes; Author-Supplied Keyword: student mobility; Author-Supplied Keyword: teacher training; Author-Supplied Keyword: technical universities; NAICS/Industry Codes: 926110 Administration of General Economic Programs; Number of Pages: 12p; Document Type: Article