Industry perspective of engineering competencies in different socio-economic contexts - A comparative study from Kuwait and Kazakhstan

Martin Jaeger, Desmond Adair

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Abstract

Engineering competencies are the basis of any engineering curriculum. However, different socio-economic contexts may cause employers, first, to have different perspectives on the importance of these competencies and, secondly, to perceive different levels of satisfaction with these competencies when employing recently graduated engineers. The purpose of this study is to contribute to country specific studies related to engineering competencies, and, to provide evidence for the importance of industry involvement when designing or adjusting an engineering curriculum. The industry perspective related to the importance of specific engineering competencies and satisfaction with these competencies among managers of engineers in Kuwait is compared with the perspective of managers of engineers in Kazakhstan. A questionnaire-based survey using a total of 159 managers of engineers in Kuwait and Kazakhstan are carried out and descriptive as well as inferential statistics (Wilcoxon test, Mann-Whitney U test) are applied. Of the 16 analyzed engineering competencies, ten competencies showed statistically different perspectives between managers of the two countries regarding the importance, and twelve competencies regarding the satisfaction. In Kuwait, the evaluation of importance of all competencies is statistically different from the satisfaction with these competencies. In Kazakhstan, the importance of 13 competencies is statistically different from the satisfaction with these competencies. The results confirm the need to analyze the industry perspective, before designing the curriculum, in order to incorporate industry expectations. Furthermore, the industry perspective of both countries regarding the importance of, and satisfaction with, these competencies presents a solid basis for curriculum adjustments. This study is part of an ongoing research effort related to engineering competencies in different contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2019 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2019
EditorsAlaa K. Ashmawy, Sebastian Schreiter
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages166-172
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781538695067
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2019
Event10th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2019 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Apr 9 2019Apr 11 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON
VolumeApril-2019
ISSN (Print)2165-9559
ISSN (Electronic)2165-9567

Conference

Conference10th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2019
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
CityDubai
Period4/9/194/11/19

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Kuwait
Kazakhstan
engineering
Economics
industry
Curricula
engineer
Managers
economics
Industry
manager
Engineers
curriculum
inferential statistics
descriptive statistics
Socio-economics
Comparative study
Competency
employer
Statistics

Keywords

  • Engineering competencies
  • Importance
  • Industry
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Satisfaction
  • Student outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Education

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Jaeger, M., & Adair, D. (2019). Industry perspective of engineering competencies in different socio-economic contexts - A comparative study from Kuwait and Kazakhstan. In A. K. Ashmawy, & S. Schreiter (Eds.), Proceedings of 2019 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2019 (pp. 166-172). [8725083] (IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON; Vol. April-2019). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/EDUCON.2019.8725083

Industry perspective of engineering competencies in different socio-economic contexts - A comparative study from Kuwait and Kazakhstan. / Jaeger, Martin; Adair, Desmond.

Proceedings of 2019 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2019. ed. / Alaa K. Ashmawy; Sebastian Schreiter. IEEE Computer Society, 2019. p. 166-172 8725083 (IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON; Vol. April-2019).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Jaeger, M & Adair, D 2019, Industry perspective of engineering competencies in different socio-economic contexts - A comparative study from Kuwait and Kazakhstan. in AK Ashmawy & S Schreiter (eds), Proceedings of 2019 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2019., 8725083, IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON, vol. April-2019, IEEE Computer Society, pp. 166-172, 10th IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2019, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 4/9/19. https://doi.org/10.1109/EDUCON.2019.8725083
Jaeger M, Adair D. Industry perspective of engineering competencies in different socio-economic contexts - A comparative study from Kuwait and Kazakhstan. In Ashmawy AK, Schreiter S, editors, Proceedings of 2019 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2019. IEEE Computer Society. 2019. p. 166-172. 8725083. (IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON). https://doi.org/10.1109/EDUCON.2019.8725083
Jaeger, Martin ; Adair, Desmond. / Industry perspective of engineering competencies in different socio-economic contexts - A comparative study from Kuwait and Kazakhstan. Proceedings of 2019 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2019. editor / Alaa K. Ashmawy ; Sebastian Schreiter. IEEE Computer Society, 2019. pp. 166-172 (IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON).
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