Korean Society for Engineering Education(KSEE)—established in 1993 with the dual mission of cultivating engineering education and to facilitate associated technology transfer—has hosted its annual KSEE conference (19th KSEE Annual Conference) over November 22-23 in Ilsan, Korea (situated within the greater metropolitan Seoul area). In keeping with its renewed internal agenda over the last two years for globalization/internationalization, KSEE invitations were extended to many dignitaries and organizations around the world.
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MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are the educational buzzwords of 2012. Media frenzy surrounds them and commercial interests have moved in. Sober analysis is overwhelmed by apocalyptic predictions that ignore the history of earlier educational technology fads. The paper describes the short history of MOOCs and sets them in the wider context of the evolution of educational technology and open/distance learning. While the hype about MOOCs presaging a revolution in higher education has focussed on their scale, the real revolution is that universities with scarcity at the heart of their business models are embracing openness. We explore the paradoxes that permeate the MOOCs movement and explode some myths enlisted in its support. The competition inherent in the Gadarene rush to offer MOOCs will create a sea change by obliging participating institutions to revisit their missions and focus on teaching quality and students as never before. It could also create a welcome deflationary trend in the costs of higher education.
By Sir John Daniel
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Connecting and Sharing with Academic Engineering Leaders Just Got Easier
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The conference was dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the founding of the International Society of Engineering Education (IGIP). Read more ›
Siemens Worldwide Presence
For more than 160 years, the name Siemens has been synonymous with internationality and worldwide presence. Today, Siemens is active in around 190 regions, occupying leading market and technology positions worldwide with its business activities in the Energy, Healthcare, Industry, and Infrastructure & Cities Sectors. In our ten largest country organizations alone, employees from around 140 nations are at work on innovative concepts and visionary ideas. Overall, with 360,000 employees around the world, Siemens is well positioned to offer its customers local, targeted, and tailored solutions. In addition to the more than 285 manufacturing locations worldwide, we also have office buildings, warehouses, research and development facilities, or sales offices in nearly every country around the globe. Read more ›
Airbus promotes the Fly Your Ideas challenge during World Engineering Education Forum to inspire talent
Airbus, the leading aircraft manufacturer presents Fly Your Ideas 2013 challenge (FYI) at the Second World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) taking place in Buenos Aires between October 15-18. WEEF brings together the most important international organizations in engineering education.
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For the past three years, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Corporate Member Council’s Special Interest Group for International Engineering Education and IFEES developed, presented, and vetted with its stakeholders a series of attributes representing the desired competencies and characteristics needed by engineers in order to effectively live and work in a global context. Read more ›
During the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) in Buenos Aires from 15 till 18 October 2012, many engineering students will participate. Part of the WEEF is the Global Student Forum which will take place from 12 till 18 October.
For more information and to encourage other engineering students to participate please click on the flyers:
SPEED GSF Student flyer
SPEED GSF University flyer
The IFEES Executive Committee, based on the recommendation of the Award Committee, unanimously chose Professor Bopaya Bidanda, University of Pittsburgh, to receive this year’s Award on Global Excellence in Engineering Education, sponsored by three corporations, Dassault Systémes, Hewlett Packard and Infosys. The Award will be given to Prof. Bidanda during the forthcoming IFEES/GEDC Award dinner on October 15 at the WEEF in Buenos Aires.
On their recommendation statement to IFEES Executive Committee, members of the Award Committee indicated that “Dr. Bidanda’s most notable contribution is in the area of “Internationalizing Engineering Education” through his efforts especially the “Semester at Sea” program aimed at providing International Experience for every undergraduate engineer. In addition Bidanda has also participated on “train the trainer” workshops helping to enhance faculty competencies.
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We are pleased to share with you that the IFEES/GEDC joint Secretariat is now at the College of Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; thanks to the invitation of GEDC Member, OPUS Dean Robert H. Bishop and the University’s administration. We hope to welcome you to Marquette University and are looking forward to develop a close partnership between our two organizations and Marquette University College of Engineering. Please take a look at the Marquette website.