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IFEES leadership is proud to announce that Anette Kolmos was awarded on September 25th, 2013 the IFEES Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education. The ceremony took place during the IFEES Award Dinner Cruise of WEEF 2013 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Prof. Anette Kolmos has demonstrated great leadership and vision towards the globalization of Engineering Education while serving as a professor of Engineering Education at Aalborg University, Denmark.
For a full biography of Prof. Kolmos please click here.
Our leadership has also presented the IFEES President’s award to two distinguished Individuals in Engineering Education; Lueny Morell (award received by Uriel Cukierman), as a “Global Visionary” and Eduardo Silva Sanchez as a “Pioneering Regional Leader.”
From left to right: Hulas King (Siemens Representative), Ivan Esparragoza (IFEES first Vice President), Eduardo Silva Sanchez (IFEES President’s Award Recipient), Jose Carlos Quadrado (IFEES President), Hans J. Hoyer (IFEES Secretary General).
IFEES is pleased to announce that TOTAL, S.A. will sponsor the IFEES Award Dinner Cruise during the WEEF 2013 Cartagena on September 25th, 2013.
During the cruise we will be honoring this year’s winner of the IFEES Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education, Prof. Anette Kolmos, from Aalborg University in Denmark. Furthermore, SIEMENS will present the IFEES Presidential Awards within WEEF 2013 Cartagena, where Lueny Morell and Eduardo Silva Sanchez, two outstanding engineering education leaders will be honored. IFEES is also greatful to Hewlett Packard, Infosys and Dassault Systemes for their continued support for IFEES Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education.
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.
GEDC is happy to share the information regarding the Vest Scholars program Vestscholars.org Led by key members of the GEDC ( including Tom Katsouleas and Yannis Yortsos), I want to let you know that this year’s eligibility is only to participants at the Global Grand Challenges Summit in London last March (mostly UK) but that the program will expand next year.
By: Uriel R. Cukierman,
WEEF 2012 Buenos Aires, Co-Chair, Dean, College of Engineering,
University of Palermo, Argentina
“Think globally, act locally”. This well-known maxim, authored by the French-born American microbiologist René Dubos, usually comes to my mind when I think about engineering education challenges.
I have had the opportunity to interact, during the last decade, with several engineering educators from all over the world and I’ve discovered that we all share similar challenges when dealing with educating future engineers: how to promote the study of technological majors among high school students? How to deal with the teaching of mathematics and physics? How to avoid the high percentage of abandonment in the very first year of universities’ studies? Last, but not least, how to finance the relatively and increasingly high cost of engineering education? These are dilemmas that we all face regardless of our position; faculties, deans, chancellors and also governmental authorities are very worried about these issues. It is a fact that our modern world, with its paraphernalia of technological products and services, requires more and more engineers; it is not an exaggeration to state that the continuity of the world, as we know it nowadays, depends on the answer of the previously listed questions.
But the answers may not be the same in different regions or countries; as a matter of fact, the accreditation criteria vary from country to country and from region to region. The European Framework Standards are really different from ABET accreditation criteria and both of them have practically nothing in common with, for example, the Argentinean standards for engineering undergraduate studies.
The different perspectives about engineering education involve not only accreditation issues but some other challenges as well, let’s think about financing issues. Here in Argentina for example, public universities are funded by federal government and absolutely free for the students. On the other hand in countries like our neighbor Chile, tuition fees are equivalent to 22.7% of GDP per capita.
When we think about pedagogy, again there are very different approaches. You, dear reader, may think that this is not true because pedagogical theories are universal, but as soon as we analyze how those theories are implemented in different countries, we will find that there are diverse perspectives and approaches. In the so call “first world”, and especially in the US, MOOCs are proposed, by not an insignificant number of professors and universities’ authorities, as a solution for the growing demand of high level education. However, in very less developed countries, the access to decent Internet connections and to personal computing devices is nothing more than a wish.
We may continue looking for different situations about various problems, but it is not the object of this article to conclude that there is no way to solve these global challenges. Remembering Dubos’ maxim, it is clear that we need local solutions for them. There are no universal recipes, there are not magical solutions.
We certainly need to collaborate to learn from our colleagues all over the world, to replicate those solutions that are useful for our local actualities and, surely, to learn from those who have failed, in order not to repeat the same errors.
Global conferences, like those organized by IFEES, GEDC, SPEED and some other prestigious engineering education organizations, are very good opportunities to interact and network with colleagues from all over the world and to present and discuss our very diverse and particular ideas and solutions. From the point of view of those who leads those organizations, it is very relevant to find ways to facilitate the participation of more and diverse colleagues from all over the world in that kind of meetings and to assure that their participation will be really meaningful for their professional role in engineering education institutions.
IFEES and ACOFI Communities are grateful to Dassault Systemes, Hewlett Packard and Total, S.A., who have become the corporate sponsors of WEEF 2013, Cartagena, Colombia. These companies are valuable IFEES corporate members and their support is a great contribution towards making our WEEF 2013 Cartagena, a successful global event.
Technology has been and will be an essential tool both in daily life and in education. From the birth of SEFI in 1973 until now, engineering and education have developed in a revolutionary way. During the SEFI conference 2013 we will look back in order to turn the strengths and weaknesses of engineering education into opportunities. We will celebrate a lifetime of SEFI working on a bright future. Delegates from all over Europe and from the World, academic and corporate representatives as well as students will join from September 16-20, in the beautiful city of Leuven, Belgium. The conference is organised the KU Leuven, founded in 1425, a strongly research-oriented university with more than 41,000 students, ranked 58th in the world and 13th in Europe in THES 2012/2013. KU Leuven is also the birthplace of SEFI! A series of associated events are organised in conjunction with our event: Read more ›
IFEES Secretariat is pleased to share with its community the 2nd Volume and1st Issue
of IFEES’ quarterly publication: ”The Global Bulletin of Engineering Education.”
Please click here to view IFEES Bulletin.
We are deeply thankful to our Corporate Members, whose commitment and support for IFEES global events have contributed towards the promotion of excellence in engineeringe education worldwide.