Global Dimension Case Studies

February 20th, 2014

I recently was involved in an Engineers Without Borders workshop held at the Design School of Loughborough University. For me this was a chance to introduce the Global Development in Engineering Education (GDEE) to academics in the United Kingdom.ATD 30.01.2014 photo 1 group work

The initial session was designed to provide participants with an introduction to the complexities and contradictions of engineering in a development context. After which some more experienced academics talked about their experience of engineering in developing countries, as well as ideas for increasing the impact of engineering research in international development

For example: Professor  Robert M Kalin  from the University of Strathclyde described how they manage their projects with a vertically integrated project approach developed with their work on Integrated Water Resources Management

While at Loughborough University we took the opportunity to visit the Water Engineering Development Centre (WEDC)   which has a huge amount of specialist information on water and sanitation topics for developing countries. He talked a little bit about issues related to trans-boundary aquifers as well as technologies used from mapping water points.ATD 30.01.2014 photo 2 brian reed speaking to group

After the discussions on the EWB Challenge  event there was an opportunity to introduce the Global Development in Engineering Education (GDEE)   initiative which allowed academic staff to outline what their needs are for case studies and there were some useful insights into what is going to be required.

Some of the case studies that have so far been put forward include:

  • The ecological toilet  – Nicaragua – ONGAWA
  • Sustainable sanitation in the village of Ambalamanga, Mahajanga, Madagascar – TCIC
  • UASB anaerobic technology for wastewater treatment in the city of Mahajanga, Madagascar – TCIC

The one that we specifically looked at in detail was the micro-hydro project from Practical Action in Malawi. The technical details of a real case study were appreciated and it was thought that academic staff would be happiest using the basic information and pulling out the relevant elements to meet their own objectives whether that was a short discussion within a lecture or a much longer exercise for multiple students over a period of some weeks. So the case studies need to be easily edited by those using them.ATD 30.01.2014 photo 3 gdee case studies feedback session

I was also fortunate enough to be part of the filming of a video that is going to be an introduction to the Global Dimension in Engineering Education project and its international development courses for academics wanting to integrate the global dimension to engineering and other technical subjects. The video will shortly be on the GDEE website for you to have a look at.


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