As the world continues to become smaller through innovations and technology, it calls upon socially conscious, globally minded engineers to solve problems. Western Engineering (WE) is tackling this reality by offering the innovative WE Go Global Certificate. With proper planning, this certificate can be completed within the timeframe of the regular four-year BESc degree.
The Global Engineer can be described as one who has three distinct skill sets:
1. Technical Skills – engineering science fundamentals, analysis, design, innovation, problem solving.
2. Professional Skills – management, leadership, teamwork, communications, work ethic, social responsibility.
3. Societal Skills – multi-cultural global environments, global challenges, language, global citizenship, cross-culture communications, cultural diversities, environmental, global and political awareness, adaptability.
The goal of this certificate is to enhance and strengthen Societal Skills through three aspects:
1. Courses focusing on global issues, cultures, or environments;
2. Exposure to a foreign language; and,
3. International experience (minimum 12 weeks) via either exchange opportunities, volunteer or paid work experience, or experiential learning opportunities. This International experience will be considered part of a course called ES 4500: Global Externship for Engineers.
By augmenting traditional engineering courses with additional specially selected courses in ethics, language, and global studies, students will be able to appreciate and understand the impacts of engineering in international cultures. Engineering students enrolled in this Certificate will also participate in a minimum 12-week Global Externship. Participation in the Global Externship course (ES 4500) will allow students to experience cultures and settings different from their own. Students will develop an appreciation for how Canadian or North American engineering principles and solutions may or may not fit into different cultures and environments. As part of the certificate requirements, students will prepare and present a report based on their experiences in the field and also present a leadership workshop. The leadership workshop will be an open-to-all seminar scheduled once a year to allow the students to present their international experience to their peers and professors.
Admission and Program Structure
The Certificate is open to students in their second, third or fourth year. To be eligible for admission, students must obtain a weighted average (YWA) of 65% in their previous year in Engineering with no failures. In addition, students must complete the application form on the Undergraduate Services Web site. Admission is not guaranteed and space is limited. Enrollment in the program and some courses may be limited. Students should apply as early as possible to this certificate in order to maximize the use of non-technical electives in the engineering degree structure. Some students may need to take an additional term or year, or take summer courses if available, to obtain the certificate in addition to their BESc degree. Orientation and training specific to selected locations will be provided to the students and supported through the WE International Coordinator.
To complete the WE Go Global Certificate Program successfully, in addition to their BESc degree, students must complete the following:
1.0 course: Business Administration 2299E*.
0.5 course: ES 4498F/G*.
1.5 courses: Non-technical electives relating to global issues or have an international theme.**
1.0 course: Language course (except English). Must be at university level.
*Part of standard engineering curriculum.
**Selection of the non-technical electives must be approved by the Associate Dean (Academic) office. An approved list can be found on the Engineering website www.eng.uwo.ca.
ES 4500 Global Externship for Engineers: A 12-week or longer international experience in a specific setting: exchange opportunity, volunteer or paid work experience, or experiential learning in an international setting. This course is restricted to students in Year 2 or 3 of their Engineering program who are enrolled in the WE Go Global Certificate Program. (Non-credit course.)
Details concerning application procedures are available at: