GEDC Airbus Diversity Award - call for entries


Airbus, the leading aircraft manufacturer, and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC), are calling for nominations for this year’s ‘Airbus Diversity Award’.

Each year, the award champions projects that have successfully encouraged young people of all profiles and backgrounds to study and build a career in engineering. The overall aim is to increase diversity as a driver of growth and innovation among the global community of engineers, while also ensuring the industry reflects the diversity of the communities it supports.

Developed and funded by Airbus in partnership with the GEDC, the international organisation for leaders of schools and colleges of engineering education, this fifth anniversary edition award will be placed under UNESCO patronage.

In November 2016, the Airbus Diversity Award went to Dr Yacob Astatke, Morgan State University, for successfully improving the delivery of engineering education in Africa by introducing technology training initiatives across universities in Ethiopia.

Entries for this year’s award are welcome from any individual or team working with or in an engineering college/faculty whose project has demonstrated tangible results in bringing more diversity among engineering students and/or graduates.

The last date for entries is the 10th of July and can be made online here

The winning project will be announced at the GEDC Annual Conference in Niagara Falls, Canada in October 2017.

Jean Brice Dumont, Executive Vice President Engineering Airbus Helicopters and patron of the award, said At Airbus we know that a diverse and inclusive culture is an asset. It boosts the innovative mind-set that underpins the vast technological advances happening in aviation and aerospace today. We are committed to developing the next generation of engineering talent and are proud to partner with UNESCO and engineering schools around the world to achieve that”.

Flavia Schlegel, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, added “We need more young people from every background and of every profile to acquire the skills the world needs to solve our greatest global challenges, as well as realise the potential of new opportunities. So I am excited to bring UNESCO’s support to this valuable partnership”.

Peter Kilpatrick, McCloskey Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, USA, and GEDC Chair, also said “In 2017 we invite everyone working to improve diversity in engineering education around the world to put their successful projects forward, to share their good ideas and innovative approaches and to inspire others to do more on this critical issue”.

Friday, 21 April 2017

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GEDC Airbus Diversity Award - call for entries