Engineering education at the age of digital transformation
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During the last two decades, profound technological
changes have taken place around us, supported by disruptive
advances, both on software and hardware sides. An amalgamation
of information, communication and AI is taking place, as well as
the cross-fertilization of a wide range of concepts, referred to as
the digital transformation. As a result of convergence
phenomenon, the boundaries between different disciplines are
eroding, necessitating a thorough discussion on what the
engineering education should be like in the future. In this paper,
after presenting a brief history of engineering education, the
recent paradigm changes are discussed, which essentially stress
that skills must prevail over degrees to deal with challenges posed
by the megatrends of the fourth industrial revolution.