reframing engineering

a future vision for higher engineering education
  • future engineer
  • future engineer2
  • future engineer 3
  • technology hub
  • personalogy arena

What will an engineer’s job look like in 2030? Will a future engineer need the same skills as today’s engineer - or something fundamentally different? And how should universities teach technology in the coming decades? Such questions about the future of engineering education are very much a present-day priority for universities around the world. 

4TU asked Reframing Studio to develop a future vision for higher engineering education. This resulted in the definition of eight new roles for future engineers. Next, we explored what 'content', what types of knowledge the ‘future university of technology’ should take the responsibility for to educate and to do research on.

We concluded that the university should move from the 'Technology Hub' that it is today to a 'Personology Arena'. By offering students a curriculum through which they can play these eight different engineering roles, eight different roles they can identify with, they are able to make their own choice for a specific role that connects self-growth to societal purpose. Teaching the student how to create a relationship between ‘self-development’ and ‘purpose’ will give the student a sense of agency in constructing their own future, hence the name Personology Arena, a merge between ‘personality’ and ‘technology’. The goal underlying this new approach is that it will lead to a sustainable work-satisfaction for the future engineer on the one hand, and to meaningful ‘outcomes’ for society on the other. 



Project kick-off: 
June 2017
Project delivered: 
September 2018
Project size: 
Project developers: 
Beatrijs Voorneman
Erik Kieskamp
Minke Dijkstra
Roald Hoope
Willemijn Bins
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