The University of Kufa’s Department of Civil Engineering recently organized a symposium focusing on the practical application of ethical obligations outlined in the Code of Ethics for the Practice of the Engineering Profession. A significant number of students actively participated in this event. During the symposium, fourth-year students from the department presented over 12 research papers. Leading the supervision of the symposium was Prof. Dr. Ali Abdul-Hussein Al-Tamimi. He highlighted that the research papers showcased realistic scenarios about professional ethical challenges encountered by engineers in their field, providing examples of the impacts resulting from these ethical dilemmas. Moreover, the papers discussed the engineer’s role in seeking suitable solutions and preventing violations of the Code’s provisions. Students formed groups to engage in fruitful discussions revolving around the topics presented.
Dr. Al-Tamimi emphasized that the Code of Ethics for the Practice of the Engineering Profession encompasses guidelines concerning professional conduct and the responsibilities expected of engineers. These guidelines regulate engineers’ interactions with all stakeholders involved in their work. They also directly relate to the safety, health, and well-being of society. It is crucial to establish ethical principles and standards governing engineering practices to enable engineers to uphold professionalism in their work.
Prof. Dr. Ali Al-Tamimi highlighted the significant attention given to the subject of engineering ethics by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. This attention stems from the subject’s ability to equip students with ethical experience, enabling them to make informed decisions regarding professional matters and avoid engaging in illegal conduct. The symposium effectively underscored the importance of adhering to ethical practices within the engineering profession, serving the community’s best interests, and ensuring the safety and well-being of individuals. Furthermore, studying professional ethics aids students in recognizing and addressing behaviors that contravene ethical obligations, regulations, and commitments outlined in ethical codes.