Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) in collaboration with The University of Lahore has organized 2nd Deans’ International Conference on Globalization of Engineering Education and Practice, at Serena Hotel Islamabad on October 14-15 2019. The University of Lahore served as the Platinum Sponsor of this prestigious conference. The conference was well organized and well attended. More than 500 participants from all over Pakistan and signatory member countries of Washington Accord graced the event with their presence. President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi and Federal Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Fawad Hussain Chaudhary were the chief guests of the conference. The Patron Mr. M.A Rauf, Chairman BoG Mr. Awais Rauf, Dr. Ishtiaq, Dr. Nasir, Eng. Khurram Hameed, Eng. Nazir Ahmad, Prof. Dr. Aslam, Prof. Dr. Zahid, Dr. Waseem and Eng. IhsanULLAH represented the University of Lahore at the conference. The conference main themes were Curriculum bench marking and good practices, Accreditation challenges and solutions, International Accords/Agreements, Collaboration and Linkages, Innovative Teaching-Learning and Assessment Methodologies, and Engineering Profession & Practice.
The event started with recitation of the Holy Quran and then National Anthem. The host Dr. Nasir gave the welcome address and introduced the distinguished speakers. Some International Speakers of the conference were Prof. Elizabeth Taylor (Chair, Executive Committee Washington Accord of IEA, Australia), Prof. Megat Johari Megat Mohd Noor (Malaysia), Prof. Dr. Kai Sang LOCK (Deputy Chair, Executive Committee Washington Accord of IEA), Colin Smith (International Technical Director WSP Project Qatar), Prof. Dr. Mark Dyer (Dean of Engineering University of Waikato New Zealand), Prof. Ruslan B. Hassan (Malaysia), Stefan Weidner (Germany), Ir. Azlan bin Abdul Aziz (Malaysia), Dr. Christiaan Grosskopf (South Africa) and Dr. Fazal Khalid (Chairman PHEC).
All the speakers presented latest ideas, trends and concepts which are shaping the world in terms of higher engineering education and envisioned a state 20-30 years from now. The main focus of the conference was outcome-based education / accreditation with emphasis on high quality teaching and making engineering education relevant to the societal and industrial requirements by adopting best global practices, enabling engineering based industrial growth. Another objective was to connect with experts from signatory countries of Washington Accord for enriching engineering education, accreditation framework and engineering profession. The speakers emphasized the need for graduate engineers to pursue career paths which will make them relevant to the industry and job market. The impact of latest trends and technologies, the skills required, the changes which would happen and the future state of Engineering profession were also discussed. The audience was extremely attentive and absorbed the concepts presented with interest.
Shields were given to honor the distinguished speakers and chief guests for their efforts and presentation. The organizers gave special thanks to The University of Lahore for their support in arranging an extremely successful conference.