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Airbus, GEDC and UNESCO Promote Diversity in Engineering

25 April 2017

Airbus and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) have launched the call for nominations for the 2017 GEDC Airbus Diversity Award, which aims to highlight successful projects which have encouraged more young people of all profiles and backgrounds to study engineering.

The award was developed and funded by Airbus in partnership with the GEDC, an international organisation for leaders of schools and colleges of engineering. For this fifth edition, the award will be placed under UNESCO patronage. The long term goal is to increase diversity among the global community of engineers so that the engineering industry reflects the diversity of the communities it supports, with diversity recognised as a driver for innovation and growth.

“At Airbus we know that a diverse and inclusive culture is an asset,” says Jean Brice Dumont, Executive Vice President Engineering Airbus Helicopters and patron of the award. “It boosts the innovative mind-set that underpins the vast technological advances happening in aviation and aerospace today. We are committed to developing the next generation of engineering talent and are proud to partner with UNESCO and engineering schools around the world to achieve that.”

“We need more young people from every background and of every profile to acquire the skills the world needs to solve our greatest global challenges, as well as realise the potential of new opportunities,” adds Flavia Schlegel, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences. “So I am excited to bring UNESCO’s support to this valuable partnership.”

Last November, the award went to Dr Yacob Astatke from Morgan State University in the US, for his introduction of technology and training initiatives across universities in Ethiopia to improve the delivery of engineering education in Africa.

Entries for the award will close on 10th July. The winning project will be announced at the GEDC Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, Canada, in October 2017. Entries can be made online by any individual or team working with, or in, an engineering college/faculty, whose project has demonstrated tangible results in bringing more diversity among engineering students and/or graduates.

Airbus is a corporate member of the GEDC.





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