The Dean of School of General Engineering, Wen Dongsheng, is now the principal point of contact and representative of BUAA in Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC).
Recognizing the global need for a world-wide forum of engineering deans and rectors, a group of over 20 leaders of engineering education institutions and corporate partners first met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 9 October 2006 and in Istanbul, Turkey, on 30 September 2007. Encouraged by the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and modeled after the ASEE Engineering Deans Council (EDC), the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) was created on 9 May 2008 in Paris. 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.
To enhance the capabilities of engineering deans to transform schools in support of societies in a global economy
To serve as a global network of engineering deans, and to leverage on the collective strengths, for the advancement of engineering education and research
The GEDC is only just beginning to expand its membership. According to the by-laws, GEDC membership shall comprise a person-in-charge of: an engineering college, school or faculty in a university or institution of higher learning; an education institution of higher learning that is primarily focused on engineering education and research; engineering deans councils in respective countries and/or regions; or industry leaders that identify with the mission and vision of GEDC. Currently the GEDC has members representing over 30 countries from all continents.
The GEDC holds regular meetings surrounding four strategic objectives: Institutional Leadership, Curriculum Leadership, Policy Leadership and Accreditation Leadership. Accommodating for its diverse membership, the GEDC has met in Argentina, Brazil, Turkey, France, Singapore, People's Republic of China, United States of America, Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, and met in Italy and Australia in 2015.
The GEDC Secretariat is hosted at the offices of Marquette University College of Engineering in Milwaukee, USA.