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ENAEE Newsletter March 2014.

 

This Month:

» The Second ENAEE Conference September 2013
» Launch of the ERASMUS+ Programme
» QUEECA: QUality of Engineering Education in Central Asia
» ENAEE Industry Promotion Plan
» From CLAIU-EU: Conference 13/14 March 2014 in Brussels
» From Russia:The Association for Engineering Education of Russia conducted Public Hearings on accreditation
» From the UK: Accreditation of innovative programmes
» From France: Recognition of French engineering degree (“diplôme d’ingénieur”) as a master level in the United States
» From France: CTI’s 2014 colloquium
» From Belgium: Collaboration between AEQES and CTI
» ARACIS awarded the first EUR-ACE label
» From IFEES: Elections for new Executive Board

 

The Second ENAEE Conference September 2013

Bernard Remaud, CTI - Email: bjremaud@gmail.com

 

The second ENAEE Conference was held in Leuven (Belgium), hosted by the KU Leuven, on September 16 and 17, 2013. There were about sixty registered participants. Among them, 40% were faculty staff, 40% were representatives of engineers organizations and of accreditation agencies, and 20% were institutional representatives and invited speakers. 19 countries were represented, including 16 belonging to the European area of ​​higher education.

The main topics of the conference were: the global framework of engineering education and international recognition of engineering degree programmes (with contributions from the International Engineering Alliance representatives); the development of the EUR-ACE® label in Europe and beyond; the impact of EUR-ACE® accreditation on national quality assurance systems and on engineering institutions. A next ENAEE conference is scheduled in September 2015, in Firenze (Italy).
 

Launch of the ERASMUS+ Programme

Claudio Borri, UNIFI - Email: dir-criaciv@dicea.unifi.it

 

ERASMUS+, the new mobility and interuniversity cooperation programme of the EU in the field of Education, Training, Youth and Sport was approved and launched in December 2014. With an overall budget of 14700 MEuro (about 15 Billions) for the time span 2014-2020, the brand new "container programme" will open a new era for cooperation schemes and mobility of students, teachers and graduates all over the world. In fact, allowing the participation of 28+7 EU countries and 150 third countries, the new programme will open the new era of transcontinental mobility. The 3 main Key Actions (KA1: Learning Mobility of Individuals, KA2 Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices, KA3 Support for Policy Reform) will also allow the former "capacity building" programmes (under Key Action 2, all past activities running under TEMPUS, which has now definitely vanished) to be included. The former LLP, TEMPUS, ALPHA, Erasmus Mundus programmes (among others) will be therefore reunited under this new scheme. It is worth mentioning that amongst the new possible measures, the so-called "Knowledge Alliances" will be launched through a competitive call for candidatures (approx. 150 projects in 7 years). These shall in the widest way, favor University/Enterprise cooperation to promote innovation and excellence in HE in Europe.
 

QUEECA: QUality of Engineering Education in Central Asia

Claudio Borri, UNIFI - Email: dir-dicea@dicea.unifi.it

 


The TEMPUS QUEECA project, started in October 2012, deeply involves ENAEE through the participation of many of its member agencies and Institutions/organisations. After having organised several successful meetings mainly in the involved partner countries, including Kazakhstan, Kirghizstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, some crucial steps have been taken towards the implementation of the QA system in Central Asia (CA).
Among these are:

  1. Providing  intensive English courses for the perspective accreditors in the CA countries;
  2. Design, implementation  and launch of the QUEECA web site (including a private section to be used by partners) available on www.queeca.eu;
  3. Dissemination of materials, (posters, leaflets etc) and presentation of the QUEECA project on the occasion of international events on Engineering Education;
  4. Provision of ad hoc background documents (both in English and Russian) to be used for the implementation of a EUR-ACE based system of quality assurance in the concerned countries (QUEECA standards and Guidelines, Glossary etc.)
  5. Setting up workshops in KG, UZ and TJ targeted to establish  National Engineering Societies and a Central Asian Federation  of EES;
  6. Formal establishment of the Kyrgyz society for Engineering Education (Bishkek, 17.10.2013).

ENAEE Industry Promotion Plan

Denis McGrath, ENAEE - Email: denis.mcgrath46@gmail.com

 

A three year action plan for the promotion of the EUR-ACE Label to Industry and Engineering Employers has been approved by the ENAEE Administrative Council.
http://www.enaee.eu/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Industry-Promotion-Actions-30-7-13.pdf
 

From CLAIU-EU: Conference 13/14 March 2014 in Brussels

Ann Van Eycken, CLAIU - Email: ann.van.eycken@claiu.org

 

Announcement: CLAIU-EU Conference in partnership with SEIII on "Employability of Engineering Graduates - A Vision for the Future", 13-14 March 2014, Brussels; for details click  http://www.enaee.eu/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/CLAIU-SEII-Conference-programme-and-registration.pdf
 

From Russia: The Association for Engineering Education of Russia conducted Public Hearings on accreditation

Natalia Vyuzhanina, AEER - Email: nyv@tpu.ru

 

On 28 May 2013 in St. Petersburg the Public Hearings “Professional and Public Accreditation of Engineering Educational Programmes” were held. The Hearings were initiated and organised by the Association for Engineering Education of Russia. For more information click http://www.enaee.eu/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Full-text-contribution-AEER.pdf
 

From the UK: Accreditation of innovative programmes

Katy Turff, EngC - Email: kturff@engc.org.uk

 

Over the past decade a series of reports have highlighted the need for a change in engineering programmes within Higher Education, to ensure that graduates leave university appropriately equipped for the complex interdisciplinary challenges of the 21st century. The Engineering Council's accreditation criteria have been developed to enable innovative provision to be accredited by the Professional Engineering Institutions (PEIs). Innovative provision might be seen as a range of providers, the involvement of several departments, or a specific approach to industrial engagement or curriculum delivery. There are many more examples, some of which are described in an 'innovative provision table' on the Engineering Council’s website.

A workshop organised by Dr John Mitchell of UCL, hosted at the HEA STEM conference and EPC Annual Congress in April provided assurance for academics that UK-SPEC enables the development of innovative provision. The event provided an opportunity for the Engineering Council, senior academics, and a number of PEIs, to detail examples of innovative provision, and to provide a forum for discussion with a wide range of academics who engage in accreditation activity. The workshop highlighted a range of actions going forward, including how to better promote innovative provision, and how to engage in accreditation processes, including accreditation visit panel membership, and the review of the
Engineering Council UK-SPEC. Examples of innovative accredited provision and further information relating to the workshop can be found here.

 

From France: Recognition of French engineering degree (“diplôme d’ingénieur”) as a master level in the United States

Teresa Sanchez, CTI - Email: teresa.sanchez@cti-commission.fr

 

The AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers ), which sets degree equivalences  in the US, now recognizes the French engineering degree as a master level. The CTI welcomes this positive outcome of the collaboration between the French and American authorities. French engineers will benefit overseas advantages in terms of academic value, such as direct admission to PhD studies, as well as professional value (i.e. access to certain types of visas reserved for master graduates). To help raise awareness of this important addition to the cooperation between our two countries, on the occasion of its annual colloquium, CTI co-organized with ABET a workshop to compare their views and assessment methods for transferable skills in engineering education (Grenoble, February 10, 2014).
 

From France: CTI’s 2014 colloquium

Teresa Sanchez, CTI - Email: teresa.sanchez@cti-commission.fr

 

On the occasion of the launching of its 2014 accreditation campaign, CTI organized its annual colloquium in Grenoble, France. The event, which is mainly for the deans of engineering graduate institutions accredited by CTI, gathered about 350 people. It provides an occasion for the presentation of the new developments in CTI’s accreditation framework, as well as enabling a discussion on different topics related to engineering education. This year, CTI had two guests of honor: ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) and AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers). During the colloquium, CTI signed a Memorandum of Mutual Understanding with these two organizations.
 

From Belgium: Collaboration between AEQES and CTI

Bernard Remaud, CTI - Email: bjremaud@gmail.com

 

On the 8th of October 2012, CTI (Commission des titres d'ingénieur-France) and AEQES (Agence pour l'Evaluation de la Qualité de l'Enseignement Supérieur, for the French Community of Belgium) commenced joint auditing of the 4 engineering faculties (Universities of Mons, Liège, Bruxelles and Louvain). The faculties are fulfilling the legal obligation for a general periodic evaluation; they have requested CTI participation in order to assess the compliance of their programs with international standards, to get French recognition of their degrees and the EUR-ACE label.

On the 10th of September 2013, CTI discussed the reports from the expert teams and taken accreditation decisions, with the following results: out of 43 programmes in civil engineering  and bio-engineering which were  assessed, 36 were  awarded the EUR-ACE label and French recognition of their degrees. A majority of them were accredited for the maximum period (6 years); the others are to be reviewed again in 3 years.

The audit reports are available on the AEQES website (www.aeqes.be). The accreditation decisions and analysis are published on the CTI website (www.cti-commission.fr).
 

From Romania: ARACIS awarded the first EUR-ACE label

Iacint Manoliu, ARACIS - manoliu@utcb.ro

 

On 15th November 2013, an ENAEE-ARACIS promotion event took place in Cluj-Napoca. This was to mark the occasion of the awarding of the first EUR-ACE Label to an engineering programme accredited by ARACIS in Romania, the programme of Manufacturing Engineering at the Technical University Cluj-Napoca. More than 50 people attended the event: members of the academic staff of the host university and of other universities from Transilvania, including rectors and deans, representatives of local authorities and employers. Each participant received ENAEE promotion materials. The EUR-ACE Label banner, was also on display. Two presentations were made on that occasion. Prof. Iacint Manoliu, ARACIS representative to ENAEE, spoke about the steps taken by ARACIS to be authorized to award EUR-ACE Label to first cycle engineering degree programmes it accredits and which comply with EUR-ACE Framework Standards. Prof. Giuliano Augusti, ENAEE representative and Founding President of ENAEE, spoke about the ENAEE Network and the EUR-ACE label.
 

From IFEES: Elections for new Executive Board

Françoise Côme, SEFI/IFEES - Email: francoise.come@sefi.be

 

The IFEES community who met recently in Cartagena elected Professor Duncan M Fraser to serve for one year as President Elect, for two years as President and one year as Immediate Past President. Furthermore, IFEES members elected the following leaders to the Executive Committee: Ivan Esparragoza and Euan Lindsay were re-elected for a second term. Uriel Cukierman, Françoise Côme and David Delaine were elected for a first two-year term. 

Ivan will again be the First VP and represent the Americas; Susan Oh will continue as VP for Asia; Françoise Côme was elected VP for Europe and David Delaine was elected as VP for Students. Srikantan (Tan) Moorthy, Michael Milligan, Myongsook Susan Oh, Stephanie Farrell and Ramiro Jordan are the other members of the Executive Committee and will serve until 2014.  Sarah Rajala (ex-officio) will continue to be on the IFEES Executive Committee representing the GEDC until the GEDC 2013 Chicago conference.  At that time, the incoming GEDC Chair, John Beynon will join the IFEES Executive Committee. 
 
Jose Carlos Quadrado took the opportunity to thank our Immediate Past President Krishna Vedula for his outstanding leadership over the past few years.  Also strong recognition was given to Jennifer de Boer and Erik de Graaff for their important contributions as outgoing members of the IFEES Executive Committee. 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 






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