CLUSTER 30th Anniversary Symposium

Welcome to the CLUSTER Symposium 2020!

When: Thursday, 2 April 2020, 08:00-18:15

Where: Congress Center darmstadtium: Schloßgraben 1, 64283 Darmstadt

About CLUSTER

CLUSTER (Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research) is a consortium of 12 elite European universities in science and engineering (and architecture) with associate members from around the world. CLUSTER represents a Multi-location European University of Science and Technology with about 3.000 professors, 11.000 academic staff, 14.000 PhD students, and a total of over 140,000 students.

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Highlighted Speakers

Prof. Dr. Tanja Brühl, Präsidentin der Technischen Universität Darmstadt
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Tanja Brühl

President of Technische Universität Darmstadt and CLUSTER

Prof. Dr. Tanja Brühl is president of Technische Universität Darmstadt, as well as acting president of the CLUSTER consortium. Before coming to Darmstadt in October 2019, she was professor of political science (2007-2019) and vice president of academic affairs (2012-2018) at Goethe University Frankfurt.

Angela Dorn

Minister of Science and the Arts, State of Hesse

Angela Dorn is acting Minister of Science and the Arts of the State of Hesse. A psychologist by training, Dorn has been active in local and state politics for the party Bündnis 90/DIE GRÜNEN since 2006. In 2009, she became a member of the State Parliament of Hesse. From 2017 to 2019, she was chair of Bündnis 90/DIE GRÜNEN in Hesse.

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Jochen Partsch

Lord Mayor of Darmstadt

Jochen Partsch was elected Lord Mayor of Darmstadt in 2011 and reelected in 2017. He began his political career as a member of Bündnis 90/DIE GRÜNEN in 1997 and has been actively involved in the administration of Darmstadt since 2006. From 2004 to 2006, he lectured at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da). Partsch holds a degree in Social Economics.

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Joybrato Mukherjee

President of the DAAD and Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

Joybrato Mukherjee is president of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) (since 2020) and Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen (since 2009). In addition to various administrative positions, he has served JLU Gießen as professor for English linguistics since 2004. He joined the DAAD as vice president in 2012 and remained in this position until he was elected president in 2019.

Rainer Hetzer

Senior Vice President, Human Relations Member of the Management Board, Business Area Autonomous Mobility and Safety at Continental AG

Rainer Hetzer began his career in 1992 at ITT Automotive in Frankfurt after obtaining two law degrees from Julius-Maximilian-University Würzburg. He transferred to the US in 1996, where he held several Executive HR positions at ITT Automotive Headquarters and, after its take-over, Continental. He returned to Germany in 2004 as Senior Vice President, Human Relations, Continental Division Automotive Systems. In 2007, he became Senior Vice President, Human Relations of the Business Area Autonomous Mobility and Safety of Continental. His main tasks include leading and shaping people policies and employee relations for currently around 50,000 people worldwide.

Time Event
08:00 [Registration / Coffee]
Poster Exhibition of CLUSTER Projects and Student Projects
09:00 Opening of the Conference and Welcome Address
By CLUSTER President Tanja Brühl
09:10 Welcome Address
By Minister of State of Hesse Angela Dorn
09:20 Welcome Address
By Lord Mayor of Darmstadt Jochen Partsch
09:30 Welcome Address
By DAAD President Joybrato Mukherjee
09:40 Introduction of Key Note Speaker
By CLUSTER President Tanja Brühl
09:45 Key Note Address
“Engineering Employability: A Joint Venture between University and Industry”
By Rainer Hetzer, Senior VP Human Relations at Continental AG
10:25 Q & A
10:35 [Coffee Break]
Poster exhibition
11:00 Parallel Sessions: The Future of Engineering Education I
(Abstracts below)
Science and Technology Education: Economic and Societal impacts Convergence or Divergence in international Higher Education Policy Teaching Sustainability in Engineering Education Joint Education Programs: Added Value, Employability, Challenges and Future Developments
13:00 [Lunch Break]
Poster exhibition
14:00 Parallel Sessions: The Future of Engineering Education II
(Abstracts below)
Co-Creation and the Role of Students in preparing Education to the Challenges of the Future Joint student Mobility Programs: Added Value and Future Aims and Challenges Innovative Teaching and Learning Methods Industry-University Relations and their Impact in Education
16:00 [Coffee Break]
Poster exhibition
16:30 Plenary Discussion
“University Networks' Impact on Future S&T Education in Europe and the World”
(More info below)
17:30 Inauguration of the CLUSTER Student Representatives' Network
18:00 Closing Remarks
18:15 End of Symposium
20:00 CLUSTER Gala Dinner (by invitation only, guests invited to the CLUSTER Gala Dinner have to register via the internal link that has been sent to you or can be requested )

The following abstracts are subject to change.

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.

Session Programme

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.

Session Programme

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.

Co-Creation and the Role of Students in preparing Education to the Challenges of the Future

This session will center on co-creative approaches to teaching and learning in Higher Education (HE) that allow students to interact and work collaboratively with educators.

Joint Student Mobility Programmes: Added Value and Future Aims

As a facilitator for internationalisation strategies, Joint or Double Degree Programmes (JDDPs) are not only interesting, but also bring challenges for national HE systems. In this session, information about JDDPs and examples of good practices will be presented. Participants will be provided with information about the concept of JDDP as a tool in the internationalisation of HE, and as a possible way of increasing quality, attractiveness and competitiveness.

Innovative Teaching and Learning Methods

The session will start with presentations of a wide variety of innovative teaching and learning technologies and methodologies. The talks deal with virtual reality (VR) and open source technology, virtual exchange programs between partner universities, students solving tasks in interdisciplinary teams, and train the teacher in a way that they can awaken enthusiasm among students for technical issues.

After the presentations, all participants will actively be involved to discuss the influence these new methodologies and technologies have on the organization as a whole and the student and teacher specifically. Among other questions: Does the use of new technologies influence the skills teachers need to adapt to these new technologies? Which social skills are necessary to train the student to face the societal challenges of the future?

Session Details

Industry-University Relations and their Impact in Education

All CLUSTER universities have close ties with industrial partners regarding research and teaching activities. With reference to reviewing and discussing current education approaches and industry needs, this session will address questions regarding future engineering education and research. The following three phases will be in the focus of the discussion: Pre-study phase: How can we make technical engineering attractive to excite the young generation? Study phase: How can we jointly define education goals with industry to foster employability of graduates in the industrial AND the academic field? Where are the limits? Post-graduate-phase: How can industry profit from scientific research at all technology readiness levels (TRL)?

University Networks' Impact on Future S&T Education in Europe and the World
Panelists
Prof. Dr. Tanja Brühl President of Technische Universität Darmstadt, CLUSTER and UNITE!
Dr. Dorothea Rüland Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
David Bohmert Secretary General of CESAER
Gwenaelle Guillerme Secretary General of T.I.M.E.

Conference Fee

  • General: 100 €*
  • Students (currently enrolled): free

To finalize your registration, please transfer the amount into the following account:

Stadt- und Kreissparkasse Darmstadt

Account-Nr. 704 300 (BLZ 508 501 50)

IBAN: DE 36 5085 0150 0000 7043 00

BIC: HELADEF1DAS

Transfer Reference: Ref. VIII C –CLUSTER- 130 40 115

*Please consult your respective home university, if support is needed.

Hotel Name Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel Darmstadt IntercityHotel Darmstadt Maritim Hotel Darmstadt Welcome Hotel Darmstadt ibis Darmstadt City ibis budget Darmstadt City
General Booking Code CLUSTER Symposium 2020
Booking Deadline 18.02.2020 24.02.2020 - ended - 18.02.2020 17.02.2020 17.02.2020