Incorporation of sustainability concepts into a civil engineering curriculum

Kwok Wing Chau

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The need arises to equip engineering students with a wider horizon of concepts in terms of environmental, economic, and social attributes, for decision making of sensitive to sustainability issues. Pedagogic frameworks have to address a multidisciplinary analysis of sustainability. This paper addresses the rationale behind the recent integration of sustainability concepts into an undergraduate civil engineering curriculum in Hong Kong. Incentives and barriers for implementation of the curriculum are addressed. A team-based design project with a problem-based learning approach is highlighted. The initial results of stakeholder evaluations suggested that multidisciplinary skills developed during the learning process might contribute significantly to pertinent knowledge on sustainability.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)188-191
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2007


  • Curricula
  • Engineering education
  • Evaluation
  • Sustainable development
  • Teamwork

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management


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