Surrounded by a sea of spring blossoms, the QS Subject Focus Summit on Chemical Engineering concluded successfully at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea on 14 April 2017. Under the theme “Chemical and Energy Engineering: A Global Transdisciplinary Perspective” a small but select group of higher education leaders gathered to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the discipline. Among the 74 registered delegates were 43 participating institutions from 16 countries.
Speakers from Hanyang University, Tsinghua University, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the University of Auckland, the University of Twente, INRS University of Quebec, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UAE University, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, BASF Corporation, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and QS delivered their insights on Chemical and Energy Engineering as an academic field. This triggered the usual lively panel discussions which form the heart of the QS Subject Focus Summit.
Perhaps the most useful part of the conference was the networking aspect, with some delegates reporting in their feedback that they had made over 50 new connections during the social component of the Summit. Others noted the tremendous value in comparing curriculum structures and approaches, and new thinking about engagement with stakeholders, both local and international.