Embedding Sustainability Competences into Engineering Education : The Case of Informatics Engineering and Industrial Engineering Degree Programs at Spanish Universities

Miñano Rubio, Rafael and Uribe Rodriguez, Diego and Moreno Romero, Ana Maria and Yañez Gutierrez, Susana (2019). Embedding Sustainability Competences into Engineering Education : The Case of Informatics Engineering and Industrial Engineering Degree Programs at Spanish Universities. "Sustainability", v. 11 (n. 20); p. 5832. ISSN 2071-1050. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11205832.

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Title: Embedding Sustainability Competences into Engineering Education : The Case of Informatics Engineering and Industrial Engineering Degree Programs at Spanish Universities
Author/s:
  • Miñano Rubio, Rafael
  • Uribe Rodriguez, Diego
  • Moreno Romero, Ana Maria
  • Yañez Gutierrez, Susana
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Sustainability
Date: October 2019
ISSN: 2071-1050
Volume: 11
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: sustainability; engineering education; curriculum; strategic approach; holistic approach
Faculty: E.T.S.I. de Sistemas Informáticos (UPM)
Department: Matemática Aplicada a las Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The incorporation of sustainability in universities finds the greatest barriers in the field of teaching. The curricula do not usually cover all dimensions of sustainability as most of the experiences are isolated and they do not reach all students. Within a larger study, an exploratory investigation has been carried out on how sustainability competences are being integrated into the programs of both Informatics Engineering and Industrial Engineering degrees of 25 Spanish universities. The main findings suggest that existing courses in the domain of the humanities and engineering projects, as well as the final degree project, are very appropriate areas for developing a holistic and reflective approach. Likewise, there is a lack of environmental issues in Informatics Engineering, and ethical issues do not usually appear in Industrial Engineering courses. In general, there is no systematic and strategic integration along the degree programs. However, inspiring practices have been identified to propose lines of action and a curriculum model to embed sustainability into engineering education coherently and efectively. In addition, some reflections on drivers, opportunities, and challenges to achieve it are presented.

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Item ID: 57030
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/57030/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:57030
DOI: 10.3390/su11205832
Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/11/20/5832
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 13 Jan 2020 09:43
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2020 09:43
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