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  • > Mondialogo Engineering Award - Symposium and Award Ceremony in Berlin, 27-31 May 2005 - Updated: 06-10-2005 4:22 pm
    Modialogo Engineering Award_Winners on Stage.gifThe 2005 Mondialogo Engineering Award Symposium and Award Ceremony very successfully completed the first round of this innovative international initiative launched by Mondialogo partners DaimlerChrysler and UNESCO in 2003.

    Twenty-one finalist teams were invited to Berlin to take part in the symposium and award ceremony, with each team represented by three team members. On 30 May the symposium featured workshops where the award-winning project proposals were presented, a panel discussion on engineering and the future and the award ceremony. This followed visits to the DaimlerChrysler plant and Berlin.


    The Mondialogo Engineering Award invited young engineers from developed and developing countries to work together to prepare project proposals addressing the UN Millennium Development Goals, particularly the eradication of poverty and the promotion of environmentally sustainable development. The Mondialogo Engineering Award was the first worldwide competition focusing on the production of project proposal designed to develop proposals to address the UNMDGs through international cooperation between young engineers, at the same time creating and fostering dialogue, understanding, tolerance and friendship between young people with different cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds working together across continents.


    The 21 Mondialogo Engineering Award winning teams, from 25 countries, were selected by five MEA Jury members from a shortlist of forty project proposals, from a total of 111 proposals submitted by 412 teams of 1,700 young engineers and students from 79 countries around the world. The finalists included teams from Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Arab states, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America and Europe. The winners each received an award of 14,000€ from a total of 300,000€ in prize money - which was intended to help facilitate the realisation of the proposed projects. The winning teams came from Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Hungary, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mali, Myanmar, Nepal, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Rwanda, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Uganda, the United Kingdom, the United States and Zambia. Five of the 21 project teams were awarded special jury recognition for the outstanding quality of their work - Palestine/Canada, UK/Malaysia/USA, Ghana/UK, Singapore/Philippines and Germany/Mali.


    The project proposals were assessed on criteria of technical excellence, focus on poverty reduction, sustainable development and the UNMDGs, feasibility and demonstration of intercultural dialogue between teams within each project group. The MEA Jury consisted of Peggy Oti-Boateng (Kwame Nkrumah University, Ghana), Shirley Malcom (AAAS, USA), Dato Lee-Yee Cheong (WFEO, Malaysia), Wei Yu (Southeast University, China) and Gülsün Saglamer (Istanbul Technical University, Turkey). The Jury was chaired by Marcio Barbosa (Deputy Director-General, UNESCO) and Dr Herbert Kohler (Chief Environmental Officer, DaimlerChrysler).

    The workshop session was moderated by Tony Marjoram of the engineering programme of UNESCO, with five workshop sessions led by members of the MEA Jury. Teams presented their project proposals, which were then discussed by jury members and other teams. The workshop was followed by an expert panel on the future of engineering, with a panel including Dr Kohler and Dr Thomas Waschke (DaimlerChrysler), Marcio Barbosa and Tony Marjoram (UNESCO), Lidia Brito (former Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Mozambique) and Ernst-Ulrich von Weizsaecker, MP (Chair of the Bundestag Enquete Commission on Global Warming). The panel discussion was moderated by Stephen Cole (BBC).


    At the ceremony the awards were presented by the Jury chairs - Marcio Barbosa and Herbert Kohler. Moderated by Stephen Cole, the ceremony was attended by ambassadors from the winning teams home countries, DaimlerChrysler senior executives (including two board mebers), German government officials (including the Director General for Culture of the Foreign office), German UNESCO National Commission representatives and a number of special guests, including Mondialogo School Contest jurors (UNESCO Artist for Peace - Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador - H.E. President Vigdis Finnbogadottir). The world famous Berlin-based filmmaker and President of the European Film Academy Wim Wenders and his wife Donata presented the special jury recognition awards. 


    UNESCO and DaimlerChrysler are extremely pleased with the positive and concrete results generated by the Mondialogo Engineering Award. Twenty-one project proposals were acknowledged and will hopefully be launched in developing countries, groundwork has been laid for another 90 project proposals from the competition, and a vibrant network of young engineers from developing and industrialized countries has been launched through the Berlin symposium. The value of the Mondialogo concept has also been acknowledged by the UN - with the President of the UN General Assembly, Jean Ping, inviting UNESCO to prepare a special event at UN Headquarters either in July or September 2005 focusing on the Mondialogo concept, achievements and future potential.



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    Start Date 27-05-2005
    End Date 31-05-2005
    Event Type Award Symposium & Award Ceremony
    Event Location Berlin

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