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Proposal for accreditation procedure to support the development of skills and competencies in globalized engineering world

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2014 ASEE International Forum


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 14, 2014

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June 14, 2014

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June 14, 2014

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Track 2 - Session 1

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Faculty Development

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20.33.1 - 20.33.8



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Anna Friesel Technical University of Denmark

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Tsirigotis Georgios

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Proposal for accreditation procedure to support the development of skills and competencies in globalized engineering worldGlobalization makes it necessary to cooperate on an international platform, which again requiresnew sets of engineering competencies and professional skills to enhance technology andinnovation as critical foundations to develop knowledge based technical societies and economies.Engineering education has a very important role in this process, because the technologydevelopment and changing demands of the labour market require upgrading and renewing ofskills and competencies in engineering fields. The Life Long Learning (LLL) procedure must bethe platform offering the required qualifications for the demands of companies all over the worldin order to support their competitiveness. In this paper we describe the proposal for accreditation of one important subject in engineering,namely Control Systems. The described procedure could be applied in the frame of LLL and alsoin classical engineering education systems, such as university and college education, in order toharmonize the recognition of engineering degrees in Europe and outside the Europe. We state thenecessary outcomes in the subject of Control Systems in engineering at the Bachelor level andthe process to test the qualifications. This procedure is based on The European QualificationsFramework for Lifelong Learning (EQF), based on the existing bibliography and on theeducational experiences of the authors of this article. The objective of this work is to propose analternative approach, compared with the classic one (university or college educational systems),to detect and certificate knowledge, skills and competencies, which are necessary for candidatesapplying for accreditation or certification as Bachelor of Electrical Engineering through LLL-system. This proposal has been developed under the work of the ELLEIEC ERASMUSthematic network (Enhancing Lifelong Learning in Electrical and Information Engineering),where the consortium composed of 60 European universities worked together on the ELLEIEC-project.Some of the references: 1. Bologna Working Group on Qualifications Frameworks, “A Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area”. Copenhagen: Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Bredgade 43, DK- 1260 Copenhagen K, Denmark, 2005. 2. Commission of the European Communities, “The European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (EQF)”, 3. Heitmann, G., “Challenges of engineering education and curriculum development in the context of the Bologna process”, European Journal of Engineering Education, Vol.30, No.4, pp.447-458, 2005. 4. M.H.W. Hoffmann and all, “Knowledge, Skills, and Competences. Descriptors for Engineering Education” IEEE EDUCON Education Engineering 2010; Madrid, April 2010; ISBN 978-1-4244-6569-9.

Friesel, A., & Georgios, T. (2014, June), Proposal for accreditation procedure to support the development of skills and competencies in globalized engineering world Paper presented at 2014 ASEE International Forum, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--17196

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