Message from Chairperson, Organising Committee of the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) and Global Students Forum (GSF) 2017
Dear Potential Participants/Partners,
It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) and the Global Students Forum (GSF) 2017, to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 13-16 November, 2017.
These annual events are increasingly gaining importance in the world of engineering and with the global engineering community, where leading experts will gather to update, brainstorm, share information and speak on issues pertaining to the industry and the meaningful development of a modern engineering education. Attended by educators and top representatives from various related engineering and corporate sectors, the events have, through the years, gained a solid reputation as a viable international platform for the exchange and dissemination of the latest and most innovative from around the globe.
The theme for the 2017 Forum is: "The Era of Synergistic Collaboration" – especially relevant in today's economic clime, where engineering achievements have been at the forefront of advances in technology, in collaboration with a host of other disciplines and "real world" enterprise. As the ecosystem of the engineering world grows larger, so too must the efforts in addressing its important core – that of producing engineers with the relevant skills to adapt to multiple new challenges in today's fast-changing world. The components to success of such a plan ranges from addressing Grand Challenges in the wake of the 4th Industrial Revolution, innovation in the curricula, initiating and sustaining transformation in Higher Education, to collaboration, networking and community development in partnership with an ever-increasing array of disciplines. These significant issues will be addressed during the Forum events, including opportunities for Asian and Asean Regional Groups to meet and resolve local issues.
Malaysia has much to share on its initiatives and national policy drive vis-à-vis STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education, which emphasises an inter-disciplinary approach to learning science. The White Paper containing outcomes from special sessions held at the Forum will also contribute important resolutions and policy recommendations to influence the future direction of an engineering education.
We are honoured to host these important Forum events in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2017. Malaysia is a major education player in the Asean region – with an active, matured and scholarly team of academics who are passionate and committed educators and promoters of change in engineering education, to meet 21st Century needs. Malaysia is also a well-known tourism destination, with its multi-cultural attractions in food, its people and their warm hospitality. An interesting social schedule has been planned, with a wide choice of visits to places of interest and things to do. We are looking forward to hosting all our delegates in 2017.
We hope you will not miss this opportunity to be part of these exciting events, and join us in recognizing and sharing the best in engineering education practices and the latest developments in our "community".