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Episode 08: Redesigning STEM education for diversity and inclusivity

Rebecca Ilunga and Prof. Mamokgethi Phakeng | 17 July 2019 | 22:57

Across the globe, private and public education policies are changing to increase the diversity of students in higher education. Unfortunately, in some institutions, increasing student diversity is hampered especially in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – also known as STEM. If our goal is to achieve inclusive excellence, where do we start? Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng is asking the same questions on her campus.

In this episode of Engineering Reimagined, Aurecon Civil Engineer Rebecca Ilunga chats with Professor Phakeng about what the future curriculum might look like as well as the challenges and opportunities for women in STEM fields. We also discuss how creativity and innovation can be catalysts in our career aspirations.

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About Engineering Reimagined


Throughout history, engineers have been leaders in inventing and creating some of society’s most ground-breaking developments. Just think of the Egyptian pyramids, Roman viaducts, the aeroplane, skyscrapers – the list is endless!

But what role do engineers play today, and what does the future hold?

Welcome to Engineering Reimagined. In this podcast series we will explore how, like engineers, people from all walks of life are reimagining the future and their leadership roles in it.

Technology is disrupting our world at a faster rate than any other change in our history. To meaningfully contribute, and to continue to lead society in some of its greatest advancements, engineering needs to be reimagined. Humanity still depends on engineering to help solve the wicked problems our world faces. Not only can engineers make things ‘work’; they can use smart thinking, combined with digital technologies, and a focus on human-centred outcomes to co-create a future in which communities and individuals can thrive.

Each episode will feature an interviewer speaking to a different guest. What can we learn from their compelling and inspiring stories to help us reimagine engineering, to lead the world to a better future?

Meet podcast narrator, Kalay Maistry

Veteran broadcaster and the Africa Marketing and Communications Business Partner at Aurecon, Kalay Maistry, lends her voice-over abilities to Engineering Reimagined as the podcast series narrator.

Following a highly successful career in broadcasting, which included her role as Southern Africa Correspondent at global television network Al Jazeera English, Kalay now uses her natural storytelling expertise to enable brands to connect with their customers.

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