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Systems engineering education for public policy

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Developments in public policy create new challenges for engineering and engineering education. Analytic and synthetic skills are required to handle the substantive complexities of policy problems, and managerial skills are necessary to design and guide the human interaction processes needed for knowledge integration, multi-party learning and negotiation, and decision-making. The resulting requirements for education are interdisciplinary. Choices faced by curriculum designers regarding educational structure, disciplinary mix, and educational form are discussed. The curriculum in Systems Engineering, Policy Analysis and Management at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, is described as an example of a newly developed program.

Keywords: analytic skills, synthetic skills, managerial skills, systems engineering education, Delft University of Technology, interdisciplinarity, policy and technology

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