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Our ambition is to become the first alliance of HEIs (graduate engineering schools, technology universities and three full-spectrum universities) from different countries in Europe that defines and implements a common model of European engineer rooted in society. With this model, we will go beyond the implementation of EUR-ACE or other labels as mere endorsements of our programmes to incorporate this accreditation into a shared strategy, focusing on employability and inclusiveness, particularly via apprenticeship. We will face three major challenges:
Overcoming legal barriers: engineering in Europe is heavily fragmented by professional and national academic regulations in each country. Our vision is that a European engineer should be able and expected to exercise his/her activity in any European country with the same level of confidence and professionalism.
Introducing an impact focused education: To remain at the forefront of education, our universities have to increase their social engagement and openness and take the lead. Our role will not be confined to producing knowledge for the world, we have to take a more active role within society.
Crossing internal boundaries: to develop meaningful multi- and interdisciplinary learning for students and society: traditional technical universities are structured in single-discipline schools and departments. We have to bring in change in order to deliver interdisciplinary education within our single-discipline culture. This will require a major mind shift among academic staff, as well as higher management and programme bodies, calling for significant upskilling.
We aim to build a model of European Engineer that our Alliance will demonstrate for our 180,000 students based on EELISA engineering diploma plus EELISA credential and EELISA communities, which aspires to become a reference for the set of balanced learning outcomes but also impact outcomes that a European engineer should achieve. An EELISA European engineer may work in the industry and services as an engineer, as well as a scientist or entrepreneur in any country as the challenges he/she will face are at the scale of the continent and the planet. He/she will be a proficient professional as well as committed citizen, who is able to invent new solutions to tackle contemporary challenges. He/she will benefit from practical multicultural professional experience throughout the curriculum (internships or apprenticeship, technology challenges, hackathons etc.). He/sahe will be able to communicate and adapt these solutions in interdisciplinary, multi-actor constellations and in a pan-European environment.
Our associate partner ENAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education), the only institution who gather the accreditation stakeholders (agencies, professional bodies etc.) of more than a third of engineering degrees in Europe, will be a key lever in order to define, monitor and disseminate this model across the continent. The European Engineering model will be the prototype of our ambition and ideally will serve as a good proof-of-concept for the whole education sector.