Global Engineering Certificate

The Global Engineering Certificate (GEC) aims to create a new generation of engineers who will drive change. It supports postsecondary students in gaining skills in leadership and understanding complex systems — so they can go beyond the typical understanding of engineers as technical individuals focused on math and science, and learn how to use that math and science to drive social, economic, and environmental change in our global society.

Key learning outcomes

  • Awareness of globalization and its impact on engineering practice
  • Capability of practicing leadership and interdisciplinary skills
  • Competency in exploring complex social issues
  • Ability to apply technical skills in a global context

How to take the GEC

The GEC is a self-directed program where students take ownership for completing the requirements.

To take the GEC, you need to be a current undergraduate student enrolled at a Canadian engineering school where the program is implemented.

Requirements include the completion of:

  • Approved courses taken through your university program that meet global engineering learning outcomes:
    • Introduction to Global Engineering course
    • Discipline-specific course covering global engineering topics
    • Project-based course activity
  • Co-curricular activities (e.g. volunteering)
  • Written reflections

At this time, the GEC is available to students studying at:

  • Memorial University of Newfoundland – Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science – through the Engineers Without Borders chapter
  • University of British Columbia – Faculty of Applied Science – through the Engineers Without Borders chapter

See the detailed program requirements and send us an email to register.

Implement the GEC at your school!

Check out the program framework. Other resources coming soon!

The GEC is primarily led and implemented by students through campus student groups (such as local Engineers Without Borders chapters).

It is also in the process of being offered as a formal option in some engineering schools.

Send us an email to learn more and get support with implementation!

Join us in evolving engineering

The GEC was launched as part of a broader effort to evolve the engineering profession to increase its contribution to society. The Engineering Change Lab is actively developing opportunities for students to get involved in these efforts, and is currently piloting a workshop on Technological Stewardship, with the goal of enabling students to teach the workshop themselves. Send us an email to learn more and get your name on the list to be a workshop facilitator!

GEC background

The GEC was launched in 2014 as an student-led initiative of Engineers Without Borders Canada. Since then, student advocacy around global engineering issues has helped inspire various projects within EWB’s Evolving Engineering portfolio, and has made a significant contribution to dialogue about expanding the curriculum in engineering programs to include discussion of social, economic, and environmental impacts and issues. Through highlighting student interest in the broader context of engineering, the GEC helped lead the way for senior leaders in engineering schools to participate in the Engineering Change Lab, and continues to play a significant role in helping shift engineering culture to focus more on contributing to society.

Key Contributors

The following global engineering champions have made significant contributions to the development and progress of the GEC, and to conversations about engineering education and culture in Canada:

  • Deborah Dysart-Gale
  • Andy Fisher
  • Govind Gopakumar
  • Alexandra Meikleham
  • Patrick Miller

GEC supporters

These key supporters have enabled the GEC to directly engage with students while also playing a key influence on dialogue in the Canadian engineering education community.