Rebuilding After a Pandemic, the Place of Engineering Education in Nation Building
Kehdinga George Fomunyam

Dr. Kehdinga George Fomunyam*, Institute for Systems Science, Durban University of Technology, Durban, South Africa.
Manuscript received on October 05, 2020. | Revised Manuscript received on October 25, 2020. | Manuscript published on October 30, 2020. | PP: 481-486 | Volume-10 Issue-1, October 2020. | Retrieval Number:  100.1/ijeat.A18601010120 | DOI: 10.35940/ijeat.A1860.1010120
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Abstract: Engineering education was defined as a field, discipline, practice and profession that has ties with the development, acquisition and the application of technical, scientific and mathematical principles to understand, design, implement and invent materials, machines, structures, systems and processes for specific activities. This typifies that engineering education has the drive to make things better. Engineering education is vital for national development and competitiveness. Issues of health are vital to humans and humans are key elements in nation building. At the termination of the year 2019, series of pneumonia cases were discovered in Wuhan China. The corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an RNA virus with a crown like appearance when viewed under an electron microscope as a result of the presence of glycoprotein spikes on its envelope. The study looked at the place of engineering education to ensure rebuilding after a pandemic. Findings from the study revealed that engineering is important for nation building and various evidences that supports this were considered in this study. The Impetus of engineering education for rebuilding after the pandemic to contribute to nation building was also considered in the study. The study therefore recommended that effort must be made at leveraging on engineering education because of its import for rebuilding after a pandemic.
Keywords: Rebuilding, engineering, engineering education, COVID-19, pandemic, nation building.