Theme 2: The Forefront of Engineering Education

Queen’s Engineering will ensure that our curriculum prepares students to tackle crucial issues from urban development and land usage, to providing healthcare to remote populations, to mitigating climate change. Our curriculum will be transformed, as will our learning environments, with new learning spaces that emphasize multidisciplinary design and experiential learning environments where creativity and hands-on exploration transform creative thought into practical design.

Our students will be trained to tackle society’s grand challenges – broad, integrative problems of deep societal importance where solutions are imaginable but the path to solutions is unclear. Aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, these challenges are human challenges: they will inspire and encourage multidisciplinary perspectives from the social sciences and humanities.

Interdisciplinary views of education are essential, as global reviews of engineering education identify silos among disciplines as a major challenge that constrains the development of engineering education.

Queen’s Engineering will foster its Engineering Teaching and Learning Team (ETLT) to support faculty in the development of an interdisciplinary, relevant and future-focused curriculum.

We will reinvest in and enhance our distinctive and successful philosophy that champions career readiness. Our 12–16 month paid internship program offers students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, with almost 50% of our current fourth-year class out on internships and the program growing by double digits year over year. We will not cease these efforts until every Queen's Engineering student has the benefit of relevant internships, job experiences and experiential leadership opportunities during their education.