Engineering and Technology for Innovation- and Knowledge-Based Economies (iKBEs), Book Objectives, and Overview

Introduction and Book Scope

Several countries, whether developed or developing, are more progressively seeking transformation into innovation and knowledge-based economy (iKBE). Engineering and technology play a core role in such a transformation; hence, outcomes of engineering education and attributes of engineering graduates are crucial factors to consider. Engineering graduates are expected to be well equipped with a set of twenty-first century skills which could enable them to the future practice of iKBE. These skills and competencies need to be well-identified in the context of any country that seeks transformation into iKBE. This book aims to bridge this gap in informing policy and practice stakeholders of needed attributes as well as providing a set of tools and instruments for the investigation of needed skills in the local context in light of global advances. Furthermore, this book provides a systematic framework and well-designed road map to be developed. A case study in the context of Qatar is provided throughout the book as an illustration and empirical investigation of the developed methodologies and frameworks. The book is of a global context, and with little tailoring, the case of the Qatar investigation can be applied elsewhere using the same models and methods developed in the book.

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