Systemic Framework for Engineering Competencies Investigation and Implementation
Various visualization models could be considered in order to envisage the tentative picture of the future economy of any country. We propose details of a systems methodological approach that is composed of the following main components or subsystems: (1)—temporal gap identification system: current-future; (2)—situational gap identification system: academia—engineering graduate—industry; (3)— temporal control system: current—tactical—strategic; and (4)—closed-loop processing system: input—process—output. The qualitative and quantitative approaches illustrated earlier have been an integral part of the developed systemic approach. The proposed framework can be utilized in consequent studies building upon findings of this investigation in various directions and aspects.
Temporal Gap Identification System
The questions like the industrial area that will evolve, readiness and willingness of the graduates to pick up the skills, and mobility of the engineers to contribute both locally and internationally can be explored for the future. The methodology can start from picking up a nation’s path that has moved away from industrial economy to knowledge economy and the talents that they have pursued over a long period of time. This will provide the planners to envisage the traits of engineers in the future (let us say in 2030) and to compare that with the current graduates. For example, if we assume that a certain country wants to achieve the direction that a country X has taken over the years to reach to the current knowledge state, then the country can also study the traits of those leaders who have been able to continuously push the country X to a higher level of knowledge state. Such type of gap analysis (shown in Fig. 6.1) helps to understand the difference between the current state of knowledge and desired state of knowledge.
Fig. 6.1 Temporal gap identification system of needed competencies