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Incorporating sustainability in engineering curriculum: A study of the Australian universities

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posted on 03.09.2021, 05:03 authored by Md Arefin Arefin, Md Nurun NabiMd Nurun Nabi, Saalem Sadeque, Prasad GudimetlaPrasad Gudimetla
Purpose: Literature limited in scope regarding the incorporation of sustainability into engineering curriculum encouraged authors to look at the current approaches of universities to the integration of sustainability into university curricula. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the literature published and analyse the university secondary data (information published on the university websites and magazines and programme catalogues) to understand the current status of Australian universities regarding the integration of sustainability in engineering. Design/methodology/approach: Articles and reports from different trustworthy sources have been analysed in this study. A text mining methodology was used to gather information from websites, magazines and programme catalogues. Findings: Obtained information and data indicate that the universities are considering sustainability seriously with both internal and external stakeholders of universities working towards embedding sustainability in engineering curricula. Most of the Australian universities have successfully implemented sustainable engineering education and the rest are focussing on integrating sustainability into their engineering education curriculum. Originality/value: This is the first review, which focusses on incorporating sustainability into the engineering education of Australian universities. However, considering current progress and also some drawbacks of the universities regarding the integration of sustainability into engineering curriculum, 15 future research questions have been developed, which should be considered to make the integration process more efficient and equip engineers who would be able to engage and tackle the environmental, personal, social and economic challenges of the twenty-first century.

History

Volume

22

Issue

3

Start Page

576

End Page

598

Number of Pages

23

eISSN

1758-6739

ISSN

1467-6370

Publisher

Emerald

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

01/12/2020

External Author Affiliations

Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh; University of Western Australia

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education