The World Engineers Summit 2023 (WES 2023), hosted by the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), was held in Singapore from Nov 8 to 10.
The Summit has been held every two years since 2013, and has grown into a cutting-edge platform for exchanges in the field of engineering. The WES 2023, themed "Engineering for a Sustainable Future", attracted more than 90 distinguished engineering experts from around the world.
Three officials addressed the opening ceremony, namely, Teo Chee Hean, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security of Singapore; Luo Hui, a member of the leading Party members group of the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and director-general of the Department of International Affairs of the CAST, and vice-chairman and joint secretary-general of the Chinese Society of Engineers (CSE); and Yu Haiying, counsellor (science & technology) of the Embassy of the Republic of China in Singapore.
Luo Hui said in her remarks that the CAST and the CSE are willing to cooperate with engineering organizations across the globe to innovate the mechanism of engineering education, promote the international mutual recognition of engineers, participate in the global governance of the engineering field, and promote the realization of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs）.
In her speech at the China Engineers Forum, Luo pointed out that in 2022, the CSE and IES signed an agreement on the mutual recognition of engineers, which promoted exchanges and the cross-border flow of engineers between the two countries and brought a new model of bilateral cooperation in the engineering field.
During a meeting between the CAST delegation and IES President Dalson Chung, Chung presented chartered engineer certificates to the first five mutually recognized Chinese engineers, reflecting the latest achievements of the two countries in the mutual recognition of engineers.
Additionally, the CAST delegation also discussed expanding cooperation in such fields as engineering education certification and international mutual recognition of engineers with Seng Chuan Tan, president-elect of the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), Kai Sang Lock, executive committee chair of the Washington Accord, as well as representatives of engineering organizations of participating countries.
As a strategic partner of the Summit, the CSE simultaneously hosted the China Engineers Forum and a Chinese engineering achievement exhibition. The exhibition featured projects that support sustainable development with Chinese characteristics, centered on clean energy, smart buildings, and ecological restoration, such as the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge — the world's longest bridge-cum-tunnel sea-crossing .
More than 40 Chinese engineer representatives participated in the report session, discussions, and presentations, including Lionel M. Ni, founding president of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Guangzhou), abbreviated as the HKUST(GZ), and Su Quanke, chief engineer of the Institute for Cross-sea Engineering and Integrated Transportation of the HKUST(GZ).