The Airbus GEDC Diversity Award aims to shine a light on successful projects that inspire students from all profiles and backgrounds to study and succeed in engineering. The award was developed and funded by Airbus in partnership with the GEDC, the leading international organisation for leaders of schools and colleges of engineering education. Launched in 2012, the award is now in its 8th year.
The long-term goal of the Airbus GEDC Diversity Award is to increase diversity among the global community of engineers so that the engineering industry reflects the diversity of the communities it supports, with diversity recognised as a driver for innovation and growth. We invite you to discover the outstanding initiatives previously shortlisted for the award in the Airbus GEDC Diversity Award e-book.
Three finalists from Canada, Italy and UK will be invited on 3rd June 2020 to an exceptional Airbus virtual event, celebrating their projects. Each project team will present to a distinguished jury, composed of:
Finalists will attend the Award Ceremony to celebrate the winning project. The Award Committee of Airbus and GEDC representatives will lead the event, presented by Clémence Bastien, Head of Employment Marketing at Airbus. Alongside the global visibility that the award offers, the finalist prize of $10,000 USD will go to the winning project to support its' development.
Find out more about the finalist and shortlisted projects below.
What is the Global Engineering Deans Council?
Airbus is a corporate member of the GEDC (Global Engineering Deans Council). This is a leading global organisation whose members are individuals responsible for setting the agenda for higher education in engineering in their countries and universities.
What Do We Mean by Diversity?
Based on The American Society for Engineering Education definition, diversity is the inclusion of individuals that represent variations in gender, race, ethnic background, disability, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, nationality and other non-visible differences resulting in an environment rich in intellectual variety and respect for the individual, and optimally suited to address the technological, business and societal needs of the future.
An Award Committee of Airbus employees and GEDC members reviewed 48 entries from 18 countries and 5 continents, the highest number of entries in the history of the award. The committee deemed the quality of entries to be exceptionally high with 14 projects selected for the shortlist.
Collectively, these projects have made engineering career paths more visible and more attainable to over 80,000 students worldwide.
Discover more about the exceptional finalists and shortlisted projects