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Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Engineering Education in Malta: Paving in Way for Future Industry

 

The Chamber of Engineers’ raised concerns over a general negative trend in the intake of engineering students, which in 2017, triggered the Chamber (under the Presidency of Ing. Norman Zammit), to form an Education Sub-Committee.

The Sub-Committee was tasked with an in-depth investigation which led to the launch of a project titled Engineering Education in Malta: Paving in Way for Future Industry.

The Project’s aims were three fold;

  1. To determine whether the problem was a reality or a perception,
  2. To identify the reasons behind the declining numbers’ and,
  3. To propose a way forward with solutions to address the issue.

The Methodology behind the study consisted of a thorough analysis which included assessing the trend of students taking up the University of Malta’s B.Eng. (Hons.) degree. Such degree provides eligibility for the Engineering warrant as per the Engineering Profession Act – Cap. 321, the critical points in students’ lives in which decision making may potentially lead to an engineering course, and the progression of students from such stages into the engineering course at the University of Malta.

Concurrently, a survey was commissioned to further research the reasons for such a decline. The audience included students, parents and educators and concentrated on their perceptions, attitudes. It also tackled students’ critical decision-making time-points and the influences on their choice of studies.

The entire study resulted in eight key findings, which were used as a platform to identify recommendations on which the Chamber would focus their efforts to improve the current situation.

Empowerment, resourcing, stakeholder collaboration and a long-term vision are critical factors which will support the gradual achievement of the goals identified through this project.” explained Chamber President President Dr Ing. Daniel Micallef. “The Chamber and the Sub-Committee members for this project, have already started to work on a number of initiatives to address this challenge and will continue spearheading future activities”.

The Chamber appealed to the stakeholders of the importance to have factual and transparent visibility at all levels of society, which should mitigate any misconceptions and wrong perceptions on the profession.

“The engineering profession is a fundamental cornerstone of every modern society. Educators have a pivotal role to play in portraying the correct picture of what an engineer is. When the industry invests in engineers, it effectively invests in critical thinkers which are nowadays fundamental to remain competitive. Salaries of engineers still have a long way to go in Malta compared to mainland Europe and if Malta wants to become a technological hub, salaries of professionals must reflect this ambition.” continued Dr Ing. Micallef.

The Education Sub-Committee was led by Dr Ing. Micallef and included Dr Ing. Marc Anthony Azzopardi, Dr Ing. Brian Zammit & Dr Ing. Daniel Buhagiar. Funding for this study was made possible through the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector (MCVS) under the Voluntary Organisations Projects Scheme (VOPs).

Detailed information on the commissioned study and its results can be found here.

 
Chambers’ Affiliation with WFEO

Chamber continues its affiliation with WFEO - World Federation of Engineering Organisations

The Chamber of Engineers continues to be an ever growing, dynamic and active organisation working towards ongoing enhancement and safeguarding of the engineering profession.  At both a local and European level, the Chamber actively participates in international discussion groups through the Chamber's various affiliations.

Established on March 4th, 1968 under the auspices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),  the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) represents over 30 million engineers worldwide.  Its purpose, to unite multidisciplinary engineering associations throughout the world. WFEO’s mission is:-

To represent the engineering profession internationally, providing the collective wisdom and leadership of the profession to assist national agencies choose appropriate policy options that address the most critical issues affecting countries of the world.

To enhance the practice of engineering.

To make information on engineering available to the countries of the world and to facilitate communication between its member nations about the world’s best practices in key engineering activities.

To foster socio-economic security and sustainable development and poverty alleviation among all countries of the world, through the proper application of technology.

To serve society and to be recognized by national and international organizations and the public, as a respected and valuable source of advice and guidance on the policies, interests and concerns that relate engineering and technology to the human and natural environment.

To cooperate with Funding Agencies such as development banks.

To encourage public private partnerships by including the engineering dimension.

To address the issue of what public policies need to be implemented.

https://www.wfeo.org/

 

 
MEEA 2019 Call for Nominations

 

The Chamber of Engineers has the pleasure to announce the launching of the Malta Engineering Excellence Awards 2019.


This year, the MEEAs’ ceremony will take place on 30th November 2019 at De Paule Hall, San Anton under the Distinguished Patronage of H.E. George Vella, President of Malta.


Applications for the Energy and Water Sustainability Award can be accessed here, together with the application guidelines.

 

Applications for The Maurice Debono Memorial Award and the Industrial Excellence award can be found here.

 
Chambers’ Affiliation with FEANI

The Chamber of Engineers continues to be an ever growing, dynamic and active organisation working towards ongoing enhancement and safeguarding of the engineering profession.  At both a local and European level, the Chamber actively participates in international discussion groups through the Chamber's various affiliations.

FEANI

FEANI was founded in 1951, a few years after the end of the second world war, by a group of French and German engineers who thought that through technology, their common field of activity, it would be possible to create links between former adversaries, and so to facilitate the prosperous and peaceful development of European society.  Associations from seven European countries immediately joined this initiative.

Today associations from 33 European countries are represented in FEANI, bringing together more than 350 national engineering associations, all of which are recognised in their countries as the representatives of the engineering profession at the national level. Through these national associations, FEANI represents the interests of approximately 3,5 million professional engineers in Europe.

FEANI is a founding member of the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) and collaborates with many other organisations dealing with engineering and technology issues and engineering education.

FEANI is officially recognised by the European Commission as representing the engineering profession in Europe. The federation also has consultative status with UNESCO, UNIDO and the Council of Europe.

Through its activities and services, especially with the attribution of the EUR ING professional title, FEANI aims to facilitate the mutual recognition of engineering qualifications in Europe and to strengthen the position, role and responsibility of engineers in society.

https://www.feani.org

 

 
Engineering - The route to safety and security

26th Annual Engineering Conference - Business Breakfast

Date: Wednesday 18th September 2019
Time: 08:30 - 12:00
Venue: Salini Resort, Salina

[ Online Registration ]

Registration Fees:

  • Non Members: EUR30
  • CoE members: EUR25
  • Students: EUR10
Complimentary parking on a first come first served basis.
 
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