IFEES – International Federation of Engineering Education Societies
The International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) was founded in 2006, at the American Society for Engineering Education’s Global Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The previous year, engineering education leaders from around the world had gathered to explore the possibilities of creating an international organization for engineering education societies. IFEES is proud to be leading the effort in connecting the world’s engineering education societies and leveraging our members’ collective strengths in order to improve engineering education worldwide. IFEES members represent a diversity not only in cultures, but in engineering education interests, from quality assurance to engineering education, from pedagogy to the role of technology in the classroom. IFEES member societies are expanding their global reach, and new relationships and collaborations are continually created through IFEES’ global network. Through the collaboration of its member societies, IFEES works to establish effective engineering education processes of high quality around the world to assure a global supply of well-prepared engineering graduates. IFEES strengthens member organizations and their capacity to support faculty and students. Furthermore, it attracts corporate participation, helping to connect engineering graduates with international corporations that have a pressing need for well-trained engineers who can work in a global environment. IFEES also enhances the ability of engineering faculty, students and practitioners to understand and work effectively in the varied cultures of the world.
COPI – Conference for Engineering
The Italian Conference for Engineering (Conferenza per l’Ingegneria – CopI), born from the transformation of the Italian Engineering Deans Council, includes all the Presidents of the Italian Schools of Engineering and, more in general, all the Heads of the Departments where Engineering Courses are organized. Therefore the Conference represents the Italian University as far as Engineering studies are concerned. It is aimed to preserve the peculiarity of such studies and plays a crucial role with respects to all the other stakeholders in the field of Engineering, including the Government, the Industries and all the other Associations. The interests of CopI range from education to research, from the accreditation of the Engineering Courses to the Technology Transfer and the placement of the young graduated. Among all the other activities, internationalization is probably one of the most important. CopI promotes the development of agreements with similar Associations of other countries, to develop the international relationships of Italian Universities in particular in the field of Engineering. Today more than 100 Engineering Schools and Departments take part to the Conference. The President of CopI is Prof. Fabrizio Micari, President of the Polytechnic School of the University of Palermo.
European Engineering Deans Council – www.sefi.be/eedc
Société Européenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs – www.sefi.be
Founded in 1973, SEFI – Société Européenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs (European Society for Engineering Education) – is a non-profit international organisation considered as the largest network of engineering players in Europe. SEFI’s members are institutions of higher engineering education, rectors, deans, professors, students, but also companies and other international associations and societies involved in the field. The mission of SEFI is to contribute to the development and the improvement of engineering education in Europe, to emphasise the need for and to strengthen the image of both engineering education and engineering education professionals in society. This is done through the numerous activities of SEFI (Annual conferences, standing working groups and ad hoc committees, Scientific Journal, position papers, EU projects and international cooperation with sister organisations. SEFI is a founder of ENAEE, IFEES, IIDEA and EEDC.
Since 2015, EEDC, the European Engineering Deans Council, has become a Council under the SEFI’s umbrella.
EEDC, open to all European engineering deans, aims to provide a forum for exchange of information and discussion of experiences, challenges and best practices to lead an engineering college, faculty or school; to identify opportunities for engineering deans to collaborate with the industry and other players in education, research and innovation; to built a network that will support engineering deans in playing a leadership role in developing European and national policies for the benefit of Society.
ENAEE (European Network for Engineering Accreditation) aims to enhance and promote the quality of the education of engineering graduates in order to facilitate their professional mobility and to enhance their individual and collective ability to fulfil the needs of economies and of society. To achieve these goals, ENAEE authorises accreditation and quality assurance agencies to award the EUR-ACE® (EURopean- ACcredited Engineer) label. EUR-ACE® is the European quality label for engineering degree programmes at First Cycle (Bachelor) and Second Cycle (Master) level. The EUR-ACE® system encompasses all engineering disciplines and profiles, is internationally recognised and facilitates both academic and professional mobility. Since 2006, the EUR-ACE® label has, to date, been awarded to more than 1800 engineering programmes, delivered in more than 300 universities in 28 countries in Europe and worldwide.
EUCEET – European Civil Engineering Education and Training Association
The EUCEET Association was founded on 12th March 2007, under Belgian Law, as an expression of the sustainability strategy promoted by the Thematic Network EUCEET (European Civil Engineering Education and Training). Between October 1998 and March 2010, the Thematic Network EUCEET run four projects with the support of grants received from the European Commission –Directorate General for education and Culture. Members of the EUCEET Association can be higher education institutions, professional associations of civil engineers, companies. There are currently about 50 members of the Association coming from 23 different European countries. General Secretary of the Association is Prof. Iacint Manoliu (Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest). The main goal of the association is to promote cooperation among stakeholders in order to foster good practices in civil engineering education and training. The detailed objectives of EUCEET Association are included in the statutes: (http://www.euceet.eu/association/statutes.php).
GEDC – Global Engineering Deans Council
Recognizing the global need for a world-wide forum of engineering deans and rectors, a group of over 20 leaders of engineering education institutions and corporate partners first met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 9 October 2006 and in Istanbul, Turkey, on 30 September 2007. Encouraged by the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and modeled after the ASEE Engineering Deans Council (EDC), the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) was created on 9 May 2008 in Paris. The main goal of the GEDC is to provide engineering deans and rectors with ideas, tools, and “best” practices necessary to become innovative leaders of engineering education.
IGIP – international Society of Engineering Pedagocy
The International Society for Engineering Pedagogy IGIP was founded in 1972 in Austria. Establishing an Engineering Pedagogy was a step forward at that time, engineering and pedagogy had never been linked before on a scientific level. In this context, the International Society of Engineering Pedagogy created an international register of engineering educators, which since then guarantees minimum standards in technical expertise and a well-balanced competence profile for engineering educators. The register lists qualified educators who had gone through an IGIP prototype curriculum. Those registered are “International Engineering Educator” can use the title Ing.Paed.IGIP. IGIP also accredits training centers for “International Engineering Educators”, whose teaching matter conforms to IGIP’s prototype curriculum for engineering pedagogy. The society offers international and regional conferences, symposia, summer schools and has established working groups on different topics of Engineering Education. IGIP is publisher of the “International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy”, iJEP. National branches in 25 countries worldwide are contact points for IGIP’s members as well as all in Engineering Pedagogy interested people.
IIDEA – International Institute for Developing Engineering Academics
IIDEA is a leadership training institute focused on establishing a global network of engineering faculty development programs to disseminate learning about the transformation of engineering education worldwide. IIDEA aims to provide all the engineering education associations, institutions and other engineering education stakeholders a clearing house of high caliber and world-class engineering faculty leadership training workshops/courses/seminars, helping to broker the offering of these around the world. These workshops led by world class and recognized engineering education leaders, are available to IFEES members and other interested parties as stand alone or as pre- post conference activities. IIDEA is a joint initiative of IFEES (International Federation of Engineering Education Societies) and SEFI (European Society for Engineering Education), whose leadership recognized the need to create a central place where engineering education institutons could come to search for capacity building opportunities.
IACEE – International Association for Continuing Engineering Education
The International Association for Continuing Engineering Education (IACEE) is a non-profit, non-governmental, global organization committed to advancing and supporting the continuing education and professional development of engineers, scientists and technology managers. In many countries this post-graduate education contributes significantly to a vibrant economy. For the past 25 years, IACEE has been an advocate of lifelong learning in engineering.
IACEE provides a forum for organizations and providers of continuing engineering education to share lessons learned and to address emerging issues through exchange of ideas on LinkedIn, in Newsfeed and Newsletters, at regional conferences, but most importantly at a biennial conference.
BEST – Board of European Students of Technology
BEST, Board of European Students of Technology is a constantly growing non-profit and non-political organisation. Since 1989 we provide communication, co-operation and exchange possibilities for students all over Europe. 95 Local BEST Groups (LBGs) in 33 countries are creating a growing, well organised, powerful, young and innovative student network. BEST strives to help European students of technology to become more internationally minded, by reaching a better understanding of European cultures and developing capacities to work on an international basis. Therefore we create opportunities for the students to meet and learn from one another through our academic and non-academic events and educational symposia. “Learning makes the master”, but the final goal is a good working place, therefore we offer services like an international career centre to broaden the horizons for the choice on the job market. Our priority is to offer high quality services for students all over Europe. Thus, we manage to bring all the partners in the “student – company – university” triangle closer.”
SPEED –Student Platform for Engineering Eduction Developtment
SPEED is a global, non-profit student organization that functions as an interdisciplinary network of engineering students, who aspire to provide opinion and create an impact on future development of engineering education and its effect on society and environment. Through engineering education initiatives and collaboration with academia, industry, society and government, SPEED is committed to improving the future of engineering education whilst embracing the considerable engineering challenges being faced in the 21st century.