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The 2017 ECED was organised by SEFI and CESAER in cooperation with Technical University Munich, Munich, 3-4 April 2017

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80 deans, directors, head of departments met together at the annual ECED – European Convention of Engineering Deans meeting – in TU Munich on April 3 and 4, 2017.

It was the 9th convention for European deans that was organised by SEFI since 2005, and in cooperation with CESAER since 2011. Previous conventions were organised in Florence in 2005, Berlin in 2008, Paris in 2011, Birmingham in 2012, Aalborg in 2013, Lund in 2014,Valencia in 2015 and London in 2016.

This year, the participants discussed and exchanged about the three major topics of research, education and governance. The first topic asked the question whether departmental borders are prohibitive for crossing boundaries and whether we appraise professors the best way with the current metric system. The second topic was related to accreditation and recognition, and to diversity of curricula as an asset or a way to hinder recognition and meaningful comparison of engineering degrees. We discussed what to actually compare and to what extent does accreditation and any possible common frameworks contribute to improving the quality of EE and to what extent they limit innovation in curricula and pedagogy. The third topic dealt with the type of leadership that is needed in universities to support new streams of research and innovations in education, and what competences does modern university management require to be resilient and to cope with the complexity of the today academic environment.

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