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Global Competencies for Engineering Program Graduates from an Industry Perspective

Khwanruethai Rawboon 1, Atsuko K. Yamazaki 1, Atikorn Wongsatanawarid 2, and Sayoko Oda 1
1. Shibaura Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Engineering and Science, Saitama, Japan
2. King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Bangkok, Thailand

Abstract—Twenty-first century education in engineering has expanded from a local to a global level. Nowadays, it plays a significant role in connecting students with the global community and raising awareness of global issues. In particular, global collaborative environments in the corporate world require engineers with global professional competencies and skills. The need to identify and assess these competencies and skills has been the focus of industry leaders in recent years. It is crucial that engineering graduates’ competencies and skills match the features and qualities required by the industry. The purpose of this study is to assess the importance of global competencies and skills required from engineering graduates wishing to work globally from the perspective of well-known Thai and multinational companies based in Thailand. It is anticipated that the findings of this research work will be useful to engineering students, faculties, and management teams of institutes in developing a new engineering curriculum that provides the necessary competencies and skills. In this way, it will also be useful to industry by providing professional engineers with the appropriate global competencies and skills, thus contributing to the economic progress of the country.
Index Terms—global competency, the twenty-first century, engineering education, engineering student, multinational company, industry perspective

Cite: Khwanruethai Rawboon, Atsuko K. Yamazaki, Atikorn Wongsatanawarid, and Sayoko Oda, "Global Competencies for Engineering Program Graduates from an Industry Perspective," International Journal of Learning and Teaching, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 7-14, March 2021. doi: 10.18178/ijlt.7.1.7-14

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