ERIC Number: EJ1037439
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Revolutionising Engineering Education in the Middle East Region to Promote Earthquake-Disaster Mitigation
Baytiyeh, Hoda; Naja, Mohamad K.
European Journal of Engineering Education, v39 n5 p573-583 2014
Due to the high market demands for professional engineers in the Arab oil-producing countries, the appetite of Middle Eastern students for high-paying jobs and challenging careers in engineering has sharply increased. As a result, engineering programmes are providing opportunities for more students to enroll on engineering courses through lenient admission policies that do not compromise academic standards. This strategy has generated an influx of students who must be carefully educated to enhance their professional knowledge and social capital to assist in future earthquake-disaster risk-reduction efforts. However, the majority of Middle Eastern engineering students are unaware of the valuable acquired engineering skills and knowledge in building the resilience of their communities to earthquake disasters. As the majority of the countries in the Middle East are exposed to seismic hazards and are vulnerable to destructive earthquakes, engineers have become indispensable assets and the first line of defence against earthquake threats. This article highlights the contributions of some of the engineering innovations in advancing technologies and techniques for effective disaster mitigation and it calls for the incorporation of earthquake-disaster-mitigation education into academic engineering programmes in the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Natural Disasters, Resilience (Psychology), Foreign Countries, Engineering, Admission (School), Social Capital, Innovation, Technological Advancement, Risk, Educational Opportunities, Seismology
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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