Traditional Education in Engineering: a systemic approach to strengthen development.

Awarded in the first edition of the "European award for best practice for the integration of SHD (Sustainable Human Development) into technology and engineering education”, in the context of the European project "Global Dimension in Engineering Education ‐ GDEE ",

Authors: Director of the work: Emanuela Colombo from the Politecnico di Milano.
Other Authors: Lorenzo Mattarolo

The current claim of society towards sustainable human development represents today an emerging challenge which must encounter the proactive role of universities. Through the identification, formulation and implementation of innovative methodologies and sustainable frameworks, they may contribute to the transformation of society by educating generations of decision‐makers, entrepreneurs, academics and serving the public good. The challenge of promoting sustainable development and human promotion has become a mission at Politecnico di Milano in line with the international claim (Lozano et al., 2013), led through the collaboration with governmental, academic and international institutions. The issue has recently joint the specific activities of the Department of Energy, where initiatives like Sustainable Energy for All and the problem of access to energy are being faced, under the UNESCO Chair in Energy for Sustainable Development, which has been established in March 2012. Activities have been tailored to combine the innovative and rigorous methodologies for the performance evaluation of energy conversion systems with a holistic and creative approach which aims at meeting the constraints of economic, environmental and social sustainability. Research and teaching are focused on strategies for improving energy access and for the impact evaluation of energy project. The activity also counts on the effective contribution of PhD students, coming from Developing Countries.