ASEE'S GLOBAL COLLOQUIUM BRINGS TOGETH ER DIVERSE STAKEHOLDERS
One hundred and sixty years ago, engineers constructed the Széchenyi Chain Bridge to aid the movement of people and goods across the Danube. By 1849, the hitherto separate communities of Buda and Pest had joined together to form a single entity: Budapest, Hungary. At the 2009 October ASEE Global Colloquium on Engineering Education (GCEE), that bridge remained an enduring reminder of engineering's role in fostering connections. Hosted by the Budapest Polytechnic University, the eighth annual colloquium welcomed some 400 international participants, the highest number to date.
In remarks at the formal opening, Qidi Wu, chair of the National Accreditation Committee of Engineering Education of the People's Republic of China, addressed the challenges that today's engineering educators must meet, including climate change, aging populations, and sustainable development.
The Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) held a daylong workshop, discussing the Bologna Process, the attributes of a "global engineer," and how to use technology to enhance engineering education. Engineering and industry leaders shared views on the opportunities and issues in each area, and the leadership roles both need to play In educating future generations.
The GCEE Socio and Political Plenary was again a popular session, providing Insight into modern Hungary's political, economic, and social issues. Presenters emphasized …