“Our primary goal for the Forum is to engage global corporate and industry thought leaders, and deans of engineering from around the world, to guide and lead the global engineering community into the 22nd century.  Our sincere hope is that this unique event will result in a consensus view of the attributes of the global engineer and exemplary educational practices for instilling these attributes.”

– Peter Kilpatrick, McCloskey Dean of Engineering, University of Notre Dame

Over 3 days, the first Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) Industry Forum will provide global industry, HR and academic leaders a platform to exchange, learn and share ideas about how to develop the next generation of engineers. Invited delegates will come from global companies and innovative SMES, along with engineering Deans from around the world. 


For the first time, this community will come together to share knowledge, network and identify partnership and collaboration opportunities.


Participating in the event is by invitation only. If you would like to receive an invitation, or would like to propose a colleague, please contact Emilia here.


This inaugural event will focus on how universities and industry can work together to develop the skills required among future generations of engineering graduates and leaders. Engineering Deans from leading global institutions as well as leaders from some of the world’s top industrial companies will gather for 3 days of exchange and innovation on this critical challenge in a uniquely interactive event.

Output will be shared for wider dissemination via the GEDC’s global network of events and meetings, to support the overall aim of enabling universities and employers worldwide to work efficiently together on the development of future engineers and innovators.


CEDEP in Fontainebleau, is a highly regarded international executive education center less than 1 hour from central Paris and nearby airports. The award-winning organizing team will assist with your transfers and can suggest meetings or educational visits should you wish to leverage your stay in France.


Total is a leading energy player on the international stage, and the fifth-largest publicly-traded integrated international oil and gas company in the world.

Almost 100,000 Total employees leverage their knowledge and expertise to discover, produce, refine and convert oil and gas into products and services for customers worldwide. Total is also developing energies that can partner oil and gas — today, solar energy and tomorrow, biomass fuels.

As a responsible corporate citizen, Total focuses on ensuring that its operations consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.

We have a limited number of sponsorship opportunities for relevant companies and organisations that would like to support this initiative.

“Creating a talented and qualified pipeline of engineering talent is a cornerstone of Total’s commitment to better energy. By bringing together global industry and academic leaders, the Industry Forum offers a game-changing approach to equipping the next generation with the skills we will need. Total is delighted to support the Industry Forum and we look forward to an enlightening and highly practical event in June.”
- Andrew Hogg - Director of Education, Total


Petrus Communications is an award-winning recruitment marketing and research consultancy, working with companies and universities worldwide on graduate recruitment and employability projects.

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The Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) was created on 9 May 2008 in Paris as a recognition of the global need for a world-wide forum of engineering deans and rectors. The main goal of the GEDC is to provide engineering deans and rectors with ideas, tools, and “best” practices necessary to become innovative leaders of engineering education.

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The GEDC Industry Forum is facilitated by Petrus Communications, who have been working with the GEDC, introducing and supporting new industry partners to the organisation, since 2011.


This event is by invitation only. If you would like to receive an invitation, or would like to propose someone to be invited, please get in touch at: