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Monthly news feed about engineering education in Europe and overseas


Engaging Engineering Education

20 - 24 September 2020 - Enschede, The Netherlands. We would like invite you to 48th SEFI Annual Conference, that will be organised by the 4TU Center for Engineering Education and Saxion University under the Leadership of the University of Twente. This years topic Engaging Engineering Education aims to attract a wide variety of engineering educators and stakeholders from Europe and overseas. 

This year we will also include the 4th Doctoral Symposium in Engineering Education Research.

We invite you to read and share the attached Call for papers.

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European Convention for Engineering Deans 2020

Shaping Engineers for Responsible Impact.

1-3 April 2020 - Madrid, Spain. We would like you to save the date for the 2020 European Convention for Engineering Deans, Directors, Department Heads and Deputy Rectors responsible for engineering education. ECED 2020 will be hosted by Universidad Carlos III in Mardrid.

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It is our pleasure to enclose the Leuven Lesson which comprises the key statements from the discussions we had in Leuven this year. 


22-25 June 2020 - Leuven, Belgium. The 2020 SEFI Doctoral Summer School provides an opportunity for PhD research students engaged in engineering education research (EER) to learn from experts and their peers. Download PDF invitation. Students will participate in workshops led by experts, centered around aspects of research in EER such as: What makes EER so special?, Quantitative Research Methods, Qualitative Research Methods.

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15-17 June 2020 - Kristiansand, Norway. The 20th SEFI MWG seminar will be organised by University of Agder. The main topics of the seminar will be clustered around these themes: Mathematical competencies in didactic research; How to assess competencies; and The goal of teaching. Keynote speakers will include: Simon Goodchild, MatRIC - University of Agder; Michael Rygaard Hansen, University of Agder; and Roger Antonsen, University of Oslo.Deadline for abstract submission: 15 January 2020.


12-13 December 2019 - TU Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The workshop will be clustered around themes identified by participants including educational methods, student experiences, assessing the impact of ethics education. Download the invitation in PDF format.
To subscribe and further questions, please contact Gunter Bombaerts, [email protected]. 


TU Dublin, as project partners on the A-STEP 2030 project were pleased to present initial findings from the research study at the recent Engineers Ireland conference: Engineering Education: future skills, standards and mobility.The event provided an opportunity or Engineering Education Researchers around the country to disseminate their findings to a captive audience interested in preparing our engineering students with the skills necessary to meet the needs of the future.

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BEST organizes two General Assemblies yearly, one of which called Presidents' Meeting.
As one of the partners of the A-STEP 2030 project, BEST plays a key role in the dissemination of the project outcomes toward European engineering students. This is why Sasa Stojanovic, member of BEST and Contact person for the A-STEP 2030 project, held a presentation in the event's plenary.

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Polytechnic Summit 2020 - Building a new Technological Univesity

Call for abstracts will open 15 December 2019.

03-05 June 2020 - Dublin, Ireland. The Summit brings polytechnic academic professionals and community leaders together to focus on innovation in curriculum and applied research, to build opportunities for collaboration and partnership on research and student learning, and to share best practices specific to active, applied learning. 


As of January 1, 2020, the Université de Cergy-Pontoise, EISTI school of engineering and Université Paris Seine will no longer exist as such, but in the form of a new university: CY Cergy Paris University. CY becomes a common emblem. C and Y, the first and the last letter of Cergy, are pronounce in English: “see why”. CY Tech is a graduate school in science, engineering, economics and management.


The posts will primarily contribute to a project to development two innovative new programmes, one in Computing, Communications and Autonomous Systems and one in Architectural Engineering, both for an international partner. They will work with academics across UCL Engineering and beyond to develop teaching materials and supporting content to ensure a high-quality student experience. They will be required to build relationships with key department contacts as well as with the consultancy clients.


New approaches to engineering higher education in practice

On the 18th November the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Engineering Professors Council (EPC) held a joint showcase of examples of best practice in engineering education. The case studies demonstrate how universities have pioneered changes that make their engineering courses more innovative and focused on the future needs of the engineering sector. The proceedings, featuring the case-studies, is available providing an in-depth overview of the changes made and how they were conceived and delivered.

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01-03 April

European Convetion for Engineering Deans 2020

Madrid, Spain

15-17 June

22-25 June

20 September

SEFI Doctoral Symposium

Enschede, The Netherlands

20-24 September

SEFI Annual Conference 2020

Enschede, The Netherlands



IFEES has elected a new president

The general assembly of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies elected Dr Alaa Ashmawy (picture) as a new president. He will become assume the new function after Prof Ramiro Jordan completes his term in 2020. The GA also elected Ms Soma Chakrabarti as First Vice President & Treasurer; Ms María Teresa Garibay as Vice President for Capacity Building; and Mr Mario Chauca, Ms Dora Smith, Prof You Zheng, as executive committee members. Prof Şirin Tekinay assumed the position GEDC chair and will too participate in the executive commitee.

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Sushma Kulkarni receives 2019 IFEES Duncan Fraser Award

In recognition of her work changing the landscape of engineering education around the world, IFEES awarded Dr Sushma Kulkarni (India) with the 2019 IFEES Duncan Fraser Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education.

Dr. Kulkarni was honoured in Chennai, India during the annual IFEES Duncan Fraser Awards dinner. As a recipient, she received a commemorative medal and US $1,000 to support her work.

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16-17 December 2019 - University of Warwick, UK. Building on the success of our previous annual symposium and colloquium the UK & Ireland EERN invites colleagues to the 2019 edition presenting a topic

Excellence in Engineering Education for the 21st Century: The Role of Engineering Education Research.

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21 to 23 November – TU Berlin, Germany. The EQAF (European Quality Assurance Forum) conference covered the theme: “Supporting societal engagement of Higher education”.This annual conference is a bit like the “High mass”  of European and now global quality assurance. This year, the conference welcomed 730 partners from all continents, which means that diversity was not an empty phrase. The participants were representatives of universities, students or accreditation agencies as well as partners of these universities (unions, ministries).



Domenico Lenarduzzi

Wit a great sorrow we inform you that the founder of the Erasmus programme, Domenico Lenarduzzi, passed away this week. He also played a key role for SEFI. Read a repost of his interview from 2011.
"All students should have access to excellence, regardless of race, religion and economic situation, exactly what happened to me. The mobility of teachers and students would offer this opportunity."
We offer our sincere condolences to his family and his close ones.


    The EU’s next framework programme, Horizon Europe, is due to start in just over a year. But while its broad shape is settled, political wrangling over budget and participation rights means researchers are still unclear over their future funding prospects. The negotiations will continue in 2020.


      The resolution deals with the role of future-oriented education and training systems in the context of the ongoing discussions on the future of Europe as well as in the implementation of the New Strategic Agenda 2019-2024 adopted by the European Council in June 2019.


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        SEFI 2019 Proceedings

        see this publication

        The Leuven Lesson

        - Crossing Borders


        SEFI Deans Convention Paper

        see this publication

        Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET),  Engineering Professors Council

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