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Emotional Intelligence in Engineering Management Education: The Missing Priority

Emotional Intelligence in Engineering Management Education: The Missing Priority
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Author(s): Marilena Antoniadou (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK), Mark Crowder (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK) and George Andreakos (Electricity North West, UK)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 13
Source title: Cases on Engineering Management Education in Practice
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Despo Ktoridou (University of Nicosia, Cyprus)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4063-3.ch005

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Abstract

This chapter aims to increase understanding of how engineering students can benefit from integrating emotional intelligence (EI) into engineering curricula at universities. In particular, it explores the nature of EI and argues for the greater use of EI within engineering education, but also considers the challenges of placing an emphasis on EI within this field. The chapter makes recommendations for how EI skills can be incorporated into engineering education and how universities can seize the opportunity to shape the modern engineer and advance the standing of engineering in the future. The chapter's contribution lies in raising awareness not just about the benefits of integrating EI within engineering education, but also on the challenges that an empathetic behaviour entail. The authors argue that university education needs to be able to prepare graduates with engineering fundamentals and also for success and actual on-the-job EI skills.

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