Top engineering schools: A primer

The ability to transfer knowledge is one quality engineering firms look for when hiring for development projects. Here, two U.S. student volunteers explain a water sampling project they initiated in Uganda. Photo by: Engineers Without Borders-USA

Engineering education has evolved over the years as the engineer’s role adapted to the needs of developing communities. Engineers now need both technical expertise and “soft skills” to work abroad.

Undergraduate, minor and master’s degree programs on engineering for sustainable development have been integrated into major engineering schools around the world, driven mostly by university professors advocating the shift from grand to small-scale yet life-changing projects.

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    Tarra Quismundo joined Devex Manila as a staff writer in October 2009 after more than six years of working as a reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a nationwide daily, for which she covered major breaking news in politics, military, police and international affairs. Tarra's Devex News coverage focuses on key Asian donors and top aid officials around the globe.

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