China-U.S. Scholars Discuss Training of Female Engineering Talents

June 7, 2018  Editor: Qiao Ziyu

The Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) hosted the 1st China-U.S. Future Project and the Seminar on Global Women's Leadership, with support from the American Academy of Female Engineers, at the Central South University in Changsha of central China's Hunan Province, on April 24.

Those present included academicians from the two countries, well-known female engineers, female entrepreneurs, and scholars. Together, they discussed the training of female talents in the engineering technology sector.

Cheng Jiayi, director of the International Cooperation Department of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said: "The seminar is aimed at encouraging more women to unleash more potential during their career courses as engineers and leaders."

"Furthermore, it can encourage more outstanding women to engage in multicultural communications in the engineering science field," Cheng added.

The Secretary of the Party Committee Zhou Jian from North China Electric Power University said: "The seminar provides a good opportunity to train female engineers."

She also mentioned that, although Chinese higher-engineering education quality has won recognition from international counterparts, some problems still exist, such as a lack of high-level scientific and technological innovative talents and strategic scientists.

So, she suggested to strengthen the construction of think-tanks on engineering education and support the development of industry-featured institutions.

The American Academy of Female Engineers was established in 1950, and is an important promoter of innovation in the global engineering technology field.

Executive Chairperson and CEO of the American Academy of Female Engineers Karen Horting said: "It is the key factor to tackle unequal payment and guarantee equal promotion opportunities to attract more female engineers."

"Meanwhile, the stories of those female engineers, who have struggled to be successful in this field, should be highly praised and widely spread," Horting added.

(Source:chinanews.cn/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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