Science and Technology Education: Economic and Societal Impacts
How can engineering education impact our society and economy? How can engineering education have an impact on regional growths and local economies? How can engineering education stimulate entrepreneurship and creative technology application for a better wellbeing of all groups in our society?
During the first part of the session these aspects will be treated at the level of bachelor studies (USE courses to connect technology and society), master degrees (entrepreneurship bringing science and technology to the society) and PhD research in engineering (translating research into innovation). In the second part an interactive round table will elaborate on the future role of science and technology for our society.
Convergence or Divergence in international Higher Education Policy
The harmonization of higher education systems has been a major global trend, in particular in Europe. However, new challenges arise from international partnerships. Understanding educational climates at universities with different national background can bring convergence of education policies for the benefit of increasingly diverse students in university classrooms.
Teaching Sustainability in Engineering Education
Universities of Science and Technology play a crucial role in preparing students to address sustainability challenges, including Sustainable Development Goals. This session discusses new course contents and ways of teaching related to sustainability, sharing experiences from leading experts in the field. We will also examine how the learning outcomes related to sustainability are being formulated, assessed and communicated.
Joint Education Programmes: Added Value, Employability, Challenges and Future Developments
Double Degrees were developed at the beginning of the 90s by pioneering academics and have constantly evolved over the years until they became a crucial component of the internationalization policies of most Higher Education Institutions in Europe and beyond. The importance of these initiatives was confirmed by the creation of the Erasmus Mundus programme by the European Commission in 2003 which both institutionalized the process, increased the number of initiatives exponentially and provided for the first time specific funding for running the activities. Nevertheless, no comprehensive studies on the performance of Double Degree alumni have ever been carried out on a multi-country level and from a multi-stakeholder perspective. The REDEEM project, which was carried out by a subset of the CLUSTER members, tackled this gap. The project represented the first attempt to describe through a quantitative and qualitative analysis, what is the added value of double degrees and joint programmes, what is the typical profile of the graduates, what are their expectation and perceived impact, what is the opinion of the employers, etc. A follow up project (REDEEM 2) is currently further developing the concept and provides a comparative analysis of a new survey on recent graduates that allowed us to identify differences in expectations and perceptions in terms of geographical origin, socio-economic background, type of programme, field of study, etc.
This information is at the core of the session and will be crucial for the double degree/joint programme developers to better understand the specificities of joint programmes in their own environment and act accordingly when designing new programmes.