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Studies have shown that the more involved students are with their learning, the better their achieved desired educational outcome. However, little is known about the extent to which the existing engineering curriculum and pedagogical strategy implemented elicit engineering students’ engagement in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) of the world. The goal of this study is to examine to what extent the existing engineering curriculum elicits student engagement in self-learning and collaborative learning. This effort is part of the ongoing re-evaluation and redesign of the water engineering curriculum of one of the countries in the MENA region by a research team across five Universities in the United State. To achieve this, a survey was developed by a team of US experts to evaluate the extent to which the current water engineering curriculum elicited students’ engagement and learning from the faculty’s perspective. In this research paper, the formation and psychometrics of the developed survey are explored. Exploratory factor analysis is conducted to derive latent constructs and refinement of the item list. Factor correlation is also conducted to investigate the association that exists between these constructs. Scree plots, parallel analysis, and factor loading is used in evaluating the final solution. Descriptive analysis is conducted to measure students’ engagement and learning with the current curriculum for instruction. The outcome of this study will reveal the state of students’ engagement and learning in this region. This provides vital information the curriculum review committee will be working with in developing a state-of-the-art curriculum that will engender the engagement and development of graduates who can function effectively in the workforce in solving the water scarcity and pollution in the MENA region. This work contributes to one of the sustainable development goals which is access to clean water and sanitation.


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