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New report out - Crisis and catalyst by Dr Ruth Graham

The impact of COVID-19 on global practice in engineering education

Book cover of Crisis and catalyst
Published Oct 27, 2022

Dr Graham brings 20 years of professional experience in academic research and higher education reform, working with universities, professional bodies, industry and governments from across the world. Here is her latest report including a case study from KTH.

New generation of globally recognized programmes

Engineering education underwent fundamental changes during the decade leading up to 2020. In this period, a new generation of globally recognized programmes emerged that were based on collaboration and experiential learning. Universities worldwide - including those planning and delivering such innovation programmes - immediately shifted to online learning following the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020. Engineering educators faced challenges such as remote delivery of collaborative, student-centered learning experiences as they grappled with emergency teaching (ET).

Taking stock of ET's sector-wide impact, the Crisis and Catalyst study draws on the perspectives and experiences of engineering education professionals around the globe.

Six continents and 36 countries were represented among the 226 interviewees.

It addresses two central questions:

  1. What were the experiences of the engineering education community during emergency teaching?
  2. How will this systemic shock impact the direction of travel for the sector beyond emergency teaching?


In the report, you will find a variety of examples of educational innovation developed or delivered during the ET period including a case from KTH where Jakob Kuttenkeuler  worked closely with educational developer Dr Kristina Edström  in the years leading up to the emergency teaching (ET) period.

Read more and download the report here at MIT libraries