IEA, UNESCO & WFEO Collaboration


The International Engineering Alliance is pleased to announce that all Accords and Agreements have approved revisions to its Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies (GAPC) international benchmark. The review, supported by UNESCO, was undertaken by a joint IEA-WFEO Working Group who engaged extensively with IEA signatories, WFEO members and WFEO partners representing academics, industry and women globally. They reflect requirements for new technologies and engineering disciplines, new pedagogies and values such as sustainable development, diversity and inclusion and ethics. They are well positioned to support the engineering role in building a more sustainable and equitable world.

Our thanks to WFEO and UNESCO for their constant support and endorsement and to the GAPC Working Group members, who commenced this work three years ago and who have worked tirelessly to bring this to fruition.

The International Engineering Alliance Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies (Sept 2021) are proudly supported by WFEO & UNESCO.


Consultation & Objectives

The International Engineering Alliance (IEA) Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies (GAPC) profiles defined the expected outcomes for engineering education programs and competencies for independent engineering practice for the three professional tracks: engineer, engineering technologist and engineering technician. They form the basis for the three education accords and four agreements within the IEA. UNESCO and the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) also recognise the GAPC as a valuable international benchmark for engineering education.

A joint Working Group between individuals representing IEA and WFEO representative bodies was established in November 2019 following the renewal of the WFEO-IEA MoU and the Declaration on Engineering Education that was made in Melbourne at WEC2019.

A key objective of the working group was to review the 2013 IEA Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies Framework to ensure that they reflect contemporary values and employer needs as well as equip engineers/technologist/technicians of the future to incorporate the practices that advance the UN Sustainable Goals. 

The IEA would like to acknowledge the members of the working group and all those who contributed as part of the consultation process, which has led to the approved 2021 version of the IEA Graduate Attributes and Professional Competencies.

Working group Chair
  • Prof A. Bulent Ozguler (MUDEK), Turkey
IEA working group members
  • Prof A. Bulent Ozguler (MUDEK) (Chair), Turkey
  • Prof Mitsunori Makino and Ms Akiko Takahashi (JABEE), Japan
  • Prof Barry Clarke (ECUK), UK
  • Ms Bernadette Foley (Engineers Australia), Australia
WFEO working group members
  • Dr Marlene Kanga – (WFEO President, 2017-2019), Australia
  • Mr WANG Sunyu (Vice Director General, ICEE Tsinghua University), China
  • Dr Charlie Than, (President, Myanmar Engg. Council), Myanmar
  • Dr Michael Milligan (ABET) – representing IFEES, USA
  • Mr KANG Jincheng, Strategic Specialist, ICEE, China
  • Mr QIAO Weifeng, Asst Professor Inst. Of Education Tsinghua University and ICEE, China
  • Mr XU Lihui, Research Associate, Inst. Of Education Tsinghua University and ICEE, China