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International Engineering Science Consortium

The International Engineering Science Consortium was established in 2013 by five Engineering Science institutions: Applied Science and Technology Graduate Group, College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA; Division of Engineering Science, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada; Engineering Science Programme, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore; Graduate School of Engineering Science/School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, Japan; and School of Engineering Sciences, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

The Consortium defines Engineering Science as follows:
  • An interdisciplinary field bridging the gap between scientific theory and engineering applications with emphasis on the integration of mathematical, scientific, engineering and arts principles.
The Consortium targets to raise the profile of Engineering Science through:
  • Providing opportunities for discussions on the global mission of Engineering Science
  • Establishing joint educational programmes on Engineering Science by the institutions
  • Enhancing joint academic research projects on Engineering Science between the institutions
  • Promoting Engineering Science networking and partnerships among scholars and academic communities
  • Establishing a website to promote greater public awareness of the Consortium’s activities.
The five founding institutions have agreed to promote these activities:
  • Student workshops for global studies
  • Exchange of information and materials in fields of shared interests
  • Exchange of researchers as well as undergraduate and graduate students

 

What is Engineering Science?

As countries progressed beyond a manufacturing economy, the role of science in research and development (R&D) has become increasingly important. Today’s fast-moving, technology-oriented society produces a large number of successful and new technologies at companies large and small. Therefore, the world’s education centers need to prepare students who can conduct basic scientific research and also lead his/her discoveries through development and into marketable products. These graduates will help expand the technological base, accelerate the pace of innovation, and spur significant gains in productivity and global competitiveness.

To this end, many premier universities recognized the need to provide a differentiated engineering education to better prepare their students for research and technology developments at the interfaces of diverse disciplines. This offers important opportunities for their respective countries to compete successfully and assume a leadership role in their regions in technological development and sustenance. Also, within the Engineering Faculty, there is a strategic need to produce graduates who are better prepared to carry out cutting-edge research, better grounded in fundamental principles of physics, chemistry, and biology, and more flexible in crossing traditional domains of knowledge. Within the Science Faculty, there is a pressing need for graduates to be exposed to more engineering and technology-related courses in order to make them more relevant to R&D manpower needs and find increased employment opportunities. Recognising the potential for a synergetic partnership, the faculties/schools of engineering and of science have worked together to develop unique Engineering Science Programmes (ES) that integrates science fundamentals and engineering applications into a single flexible multidisciplinary programme. ES has since produced a new class of engineer-scientists who are better prepared to solve the complex problems that our societies face, with innovative designs, value-added technology developments and integrated systems that work at the interfaces of disciplines.

Based on the International Engineering Science Consortium partners’ records, many of their ES graduates have gone on to obtain graduate degrees and built professional careers in a wide range of industries that include aerospace, electronics, energy, manufacturing, materials, medical, nanotechnology, photonics, offshore and marine engineering.

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