Science and technology education system needed: Gruenwald

08 Oct 2013 09:30am
WINDHOEK, 08 OCT (NAMPA) – The rector of the University of Wismar in Germany, Norbert Gruenwald says countries need to develop a science and technology education system which teaches collaborative competencies, technical knowledge and skills.
He was speaking here on Tuesday during the official opening of the sixth International Conference on Engineering and Business Education (ICEBE).
The annual ICEBE was organised by the Wismar University and the University of Applied Sciences Jena, both in Germany, and is being hosted by the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN).
Gruenwald said the development of a science and technology education system could include providing more coursework on systems’ integration, entrepreneurship, managing global technology teams and understanding how cross-cultural differences influence technological development.
Globalisation and technological development are radically changing the world, and the landscape of higher education.
“The internationalisation of higher education will help to prepare our learners - whether going abroad or staying at home - to live in a global world, increasing their experience and knowledge, employability, productivity and earning power,” Gruenwald indicated.
He further stated that higher education institutions need a comprehensive internationalisation strategy, which should cover key areas grouped into international student and staff mobility, the internationalisation and improvement of curricula and digital learning and strategic cooperation, partnerships and capacity-building.
Co-operation and networking is the key issue to internationalisation, he added.
The three-day ICEBE is being held under the theme “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability”.
The conference has attracted a wide international audience of scientists, representatives of industry and students committed to improving collaboration between engineering and business sciences, as well as business and academia.
This year's delegates are from at least 14 countries, and include under-graduate and post-graduate students.
The seventh ICEBE will be held at Shijiazhuang University of Economics in China from 13 to 15 October 2014.