By Alan Parkinson
paper addresses three questions related to the rationale for global engineering
education. These questions are, Why do engineering students need to have a new
set of skills, which Parkinson collectively refers to as "global competence?"
What does it mean for students to have global competence? and, What are the most
important attributes of global competence? In answer to the first question, he
discusses the forces and events of the past 20 years which have driven the
globalization of engineering. In answer to the second question, he presents 13
dimensions of global competence. To answer the third question, he presents
survey results from engineering educators and leaders in industry regarding the
relative importance of these dimensions. He then discusses some implications of
the answers to these questions.