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Engineering and Sustainability Education in Nigeria

Akeel, U; Bell, S; Mitchell, J; (2017) Engineering and Sustainability Education in Nigeria. In: Proceedings of the 45th SEFI Conference. SEFI European Society for Engineering Education: Azores, Portugal. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Since gaining independence in 1960, Nigeria has witnessed spiralling engineering infrastructural developments, such as road construction and development of Ajaokuta steel plant and refineries. Nigerian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) have trained engineers who occupy important engineering posts in the public service and private sectors that administer some of these projects. With Nigeria’s ratification of several sustainability pacts, it is pertinent to consider the extent to which sustainability education is reflected in its engineering education. This paper presents a review of Nigerian engineering education based on an analysis of the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards for Undergraduate Engineering Programmes in Nigeria (BMAS) document issued by Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). The analysis finds that of the 30 engineering programmes listed in the BMAS document, none directly addresses sustainability. The paper therefore highlights the need to mainstream sustainability education into the Nigerian engineering education curriculum. A vital means of achieving such mainstreaming is through the inclusion of a sustainable engineering programme in the BMAS for engineering.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Engineering and Sustainability Education in Nigeria
Event: 45th SEFI Annual Conference
Location: Azores, Portugal
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.sefi.be/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Sustainability education, engineering education, sustainable engineering, professional accreditation
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Electronic and Electrical Eng
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10024313
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