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A decade of Finnish engineering education for sustainable development

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-186
JournalINTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SUSTAINABILITY IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to examine the current status and development of sustainable development in Finnish engineering education.
Design/methodology/approach

The study consists of interviews with key stakeholders supplemented with the analysis of documented material. Development is discussed in relation to the findings of collaborative strategy process in the year 2009.
Findings

The paper observes that the Finnish universities providing engineering education are committed to sustainable development in their strategies. However, a lot of work remains to be done before the strategies are implemented and sustainable development is integrated to all degree programs. Explicit knowledge and individual learning in clearly defined disciplinary boundaries have been the main focus of engineering education.
Practical implications

The paper suggests that engineers need to be provided with mental tools to cope with uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Key competencies include holistic understanding, communication and collaboration skills, ability and willingness for critical and reflective thinking, creativity, innovativeness and entrepreneurship. Thus, collaborative learning, open dialogue and innovation are at the heart of education for sustainable development.
Originality/value

This paper has a relatively wide approach as it analyses sustainable development in the context of Finnish engineering education both on institutional and societal levels and is based on a national project.

Publication forum classification

Field of science, Statistics Finland