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Technology and Innovation for Development Conference

The international “Technology and Innovation for Development” conference takes place in Madrid (Spain) on the 24th and 25th of June.

The aim of the conference is to bring together and create a forum for individuals and organizations who share an interest in exploring different ways of making development sustainable. As part of the preparation for the conference we have begun to put together a series of “inspiring” documents related to its main themes: Partnerships, Big Data, Technology and Basic Energy Services. You can find these via the following link (

You are warmly invited to attend the conference. If you are unable to do so you can follow the sessions live on internet via the conference website:


Policy Brief

The new policy brief from GDEE was launched at the European Development Days event in Brussels on the 3rd and 4th of June 2015. It outlines the view that sustainable human development needs within universities needs to be strengthened.

Renewable Energies for Developing Countries Online Course

The UN Institute for Education and Research are hosting an online course in partnership with the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. The course runs from 19th January to the 6th March. It will give a comprehensive overview of renewable energy as a means to enable sustainable development in developing countries. It will present the case on how renewable energies are an environmental necessity if we want to keep using energy, but also can present an economic opportunity.

Find out more about it and sign up here.

GDEE Online Courses 

The Global Dimension in Engineering Education (GDEE) project this year continued a series of online courses aimed at increasing the abilities of technical academics to integrate principles of Sustainable Human Development into their teaching. The courses are ideal for teachers or researchers in engineering, technical or science-based courses. It gives them a unique opportunity to gain experience in a field of studies through interactive and engaging courses written by experts in the field of engineering education and development studies, as well as expand professional networks in this area.

Courses have officially finished for this year, but material is available to openly online and people can complete the courses in their own time. Find out more here.

Event on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Development

On 10th December 2014, an event titled "Sviluppare il futuro; Cooperazione internazionale e nuove tecnologie" (Developing the future; International cooperation and new technologies), took place in Trento, Italy. The event was co-designed with the ICT 4 good unit of the research organisation, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), and academics of Rhodes University, South Africa. It was dedicated to students, practitioners and interested citizens.

Find out more on TCIC's webpage here. See the web brochure (in Italian) here. Update from event is coming soon.

Design and Engineering for Well-being, Agency and Justice

These workshops took place on 21st November 2014 in Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. They included many interesting topics such as "Focusing Innovation in Projects on Promoting Well-being; A Toolkit", and a short plenary by Alejandra Bone of the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, highlighting the issues of global dimensions in engineering. 

More details can be found at Design for Well-being. An update of how the workshops went will be coming soon!

GDEE Awards

The closing date for proposals for the second GDEE award was made on 9th November. The award is focused on innovative educational proposals for the integration of Sustainable Human Development into technology and engineering education. See more information here.


The Global Dimension in Engineering Education (GDEE) network brings together like-minded technical academics from across Europe with an aim to increasing the awareness, critical understanding, and attitudinal values of undergraduate and postgraduate students in technical universities related to Sustainable Human Development (SHD), especially as it relates to technology. 

The aims of the GDEE Network are to:

1.   To raise awareness of GD-related topics among group members

2.   To strengthen the sharing of experience, viewpoints and knowledge

3.   To promote the GDEE project’s activities, such as courses and workshops.

4.   To facilitate the sharing of GD-related resources for teaching and learning

By registering, users will be able to download our documents and resources, sign-up for courses we run, find information on how to apply for the GDEE Awards more easily, subscribe to a newsletter, and more. So please register below!



We are also active on LinkedIn. The LinkedIn group will be used to facilitate discussions among group members on topics related to SHD and education.  It will also allow for members to share their own experiences and best practices, to engage in resource development, and to help shape the direction of the GDEE project as a whole. Please join our LinkedIn network below!



“What are the relationships between the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of engineering, and the relationship between global and local systems?"

"What are the global drivers of change?"

"How will these global drivers impact upon engineering?"

"What is the contribution of engineering to positive world change?"

"What technologies and approaches offer the most promise?”

"Is there justice in the current systems of technology research, development and access?" 

There is little doubt about the potential role that education can play in efforts to promote and achieve sustainable human development (SHD). However, a challenge facing the sector is a shortage of academics actively engaged in integrating measures related to SHD in teaching activities, particularly in technical subjects such as engineering and science. 

Adding the Global Dimension

Issues such as climate change, poverty, inequality and globalisation fundamentally shape the world in which we live. In order to prepare engineering graduates for an increasingly complex world, and equip them with the attitudinal values and skills to help tackle key global issues, it is essential that they:

- Develop a holistic understanding of the interconnectedness of all things on our planet
- Understand the ways, both positively and negatively, in which engineering impacts on various issues within the global dimension
- Recognise that engineering is a global profession and that learning about the global dimension is essential, even for those engineers who never work outside their home country

Achieving the Global Dimension

The GDEE project aims to integrate SHD as a cross-cutting issue in teaching activities to improve the capacity of academics working in engineering and other technical subjects to more effectively deliver the global dimension within their programs through a two-fold strategy:

- By improving academics' competencies in introducing SHD into the curricula
- By facilitating the engagement of both staff and students in academic initiatives related to SHD 

For more information on Thinking Globally, see the publication by Bourn, D. and Neal, I. (2012) "The Global Engineer: Incorporating Global Skills within UK higher education of engineers"