WFEO Newsletter #6,    May 2014
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Registration open now for the World Engineering Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure.

Find out more.
 New partnership to promote accreditation
 with International Engineering Alliance
Today's engineer often study and work on projects around the globe.

Mutual recognition of engineering qualifications and competence assessments is increasingly important for the public good. Moreover, lack of such recognition is a barrier to development for engineers and nations.

In April, the
International Engineering Alliance and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding to:
  • Raise awareness of the importance of accreditation.
  • Build commitment for the development of national bodies.
  • Build capacity of national bodies to prepare for IEA mentoring.
  • Support national bodies to join the IEA accords and agreements.
WFEO and the IEA will be launching a joint information an advocacy campaign and will raise funds together for joint capacity building work.

Marwan Abdelhamid, President of WFEO, praised this initiative saying:

"This is an exciting development for the global engineering profession that brings together WFEO's vital role in networking and capacity building and the IEA's expertise in accreditation and competence assessment. We are working now to deliver our joint actions after this very positive first step."

The Memorandum of Understanding is available on our website and you can find out more about WFEO's work in this area at
 Explore the world's engineering profession
 with new online tool from WFEO
Want to find all the civil engineering professional bodies in Europe?
Or all the women in engineering organisations in Asia?
Or the national professional body for engineers in Ghana?
Or international networks for young engineers?

WFEO is delighted to announce the launch of the first tool to list all the organisations that make up the world's engineering profession.

The tool is at

The Engineering Profession is large and complex. It encompasses a very wide range of national and international groups that bring together different actors, disciplines, issues and geographic regions.

This new tool by WFEO can help you to explore the membership organisations that make up the engineering profession. Search, filter and open results for an insight into engineering and to reach out to relevant organisations to further your aims, to collaborate and to grow.

Today, we are launching the tool with 557 organisations in 167 countries across 51 themes in its database. We need your help to add more that we may be missing.

WFEO thanks its Associate Member Petrus Communications for supporting this tool.
 Progress on WFEO governance reforms 
WFEO has been carefully reforming its governance. Improvements made so far include:
  • Updated constitution and rules of procedure
  • Changes to voting procedures and proxy votes
  • A revised complaints procedure
  • A new working group on governing documents
  • Procedural Advisor roles at meetings
These important reforms ensure that our governance is fit for purpose and that we can remain alert to short term and long term governance challenges.

See for the 2012 documents.
 Packed week in Paris for Executive Board
WFEO's leading volunteers came together in Paris for the extended Executive Board meeting. The agenda included:
  • A meeting of the chairs of all WFEO technical committees.
  • A working meeting of the WFEO-United Nations Relations Committee, including support to Prof. Dr. Ke Gong for the UN Secretary General's Scientific Advisory Board in his role as an engineering representative.
  • A workshop by the Strategic Planning Task Force.
  • Decision-making meetings of the Marketing Task Force.
  • Engagements with UNESCO representatives.
  • A session with the UNESCO interim Assistant Director-General for Science, Wendy Watson-Wright.
 Updates from across WFEO
President's update:
  • In spring, Marwan Abdelhamid focused his attention on the WFEO Executive Board meeting, meeting technical committee chairs and meetings with potential partners in Paris.
  • Marwan Abdelhamid welcomed delegates to the first Conference of Mediterranean Engineering Organisations held in Lecce, Italy in May:
    • The theme of the conference was 'Research on Education and Professional Regulations in the Mediterranean area'.
    • Conference delegates signed a Statement of Intent for co-operation under the umbrella of 'European Associations of Mediterranean Countries' (EAMC, logo above) - involving associations of Albania, Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Palestine, Solvenia, Syria, Tunisia and Spain - under the auspices of WFEO.
    • President Abdelhamid's message was that "what we need today is need more collaboration to preserve our cultural heritage and to continue participating in the process of civilization in this region".
    • The conference was the initiative of the Italian National Council for Engineers (CNI) and was joined by the European Council of Civil Engineers (ECCE), the Federation of Arab Engineers (FAE) and the European Council of Engineers' Chambers (ECEC).
Executive Director's update:
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New on the WFEO website:
Standing Technical Committees' updates:
 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering open
Nominations are open for the 2015 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

£1 million global prize is for anyone who has created an engineering innovation that has benefitted humanity.

Visit to nominate an engineer by 14th July.
 Latest events
From our members: From our partners: See our events webpage for full listings.
Forthcoming national engineers' days from our international listing:
  • Taiwan - 6th June
  • Peru - 8th June
  • Italy - 15th June
  • Argentine - 16th June
  • Ecuador - 29th June
 Engineering news from around the world
From our membership: From around the web: From Engineering for Change:
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