Broadening the network of skills among college students for a better engineering workforce is a priority. Project-based, or inquiry-based, learning is increasingly a necessary tool in today’s STEM education as it enhances transversal skills most valued by companies such as entrepreneurship, teamwork and creativity. In 2018, Ain Shams University was the first Egyptian University to formally join CDIO, an international initiative to put practice and problem solving back at the
center of formal engineering education.
In this roundtable, we will discuss how the implementation of a project-based learning approach can be a game changer for STEM education, and especially in a world where the nature of future jobs is in constant flux, making references to Project WESET (www.weset-project.eu). Most importantly, experts will also discuss how to overcome challenges to introduce initiatives such as CDIO in rather old-style prescriptive educational environments, and similar initiative at K-12 level in Egypt/Africa.