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NEWS@SEFI 11/2011 The SEFI newsletter contains information about SEFI’s recent activities as well as a summary of the latest stories in higher engineering education in Europe and worldwide. News@sefi is sent for free to SEFI members. All previous issues are available on www.sefi.be “members only”. All staff and students of an institution, an association or a company member of SEFI are entitled to receive free copies of the newsletter. So, if you know anybody interested in a free copy, please contact us IN THIS ISSUE: FROM SEFI: - BLOCK THE DATES! :  SEFI 2012 Thessaloniki – Call for Papers (in attachment)  4th European Convention of Engineering Deans - Dr. Markku Markkula appointed rapporteur of the CoR on Horizon 2020 - News from Members

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FROM ASEE - The American Society for Engineering Education seek a new Editor of the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE). FROM EUROPE:

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Three million students study abroad

FROM GREAT BRITAIN - Give students a voice in decision-making process,' National Union of Student leader urges

FROM THE REST OF THE WORLD: FROM INDIA - 'Meta-university' plan to boost innovation

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FROM THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION - Erasmus for All: 5 million people in line for EU funding

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FROM IRELAND - Unique agreement will create student mobility between Ireland and Ontario

EU-Drivers Conference

FROM MEMBERS AND PARTNERS:

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FROM GERMANY - Higher profile for German sought

Tackling low achievement in mathematics and science still a challenge in Europe Commission lists priorities for 2012

Indian States seek ban on new engineering college as students dwindle

FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Innovating together: Partnerships for an Entrepreneurial Europe, Business thematic Forum in Enschede European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to create more innovation hubs Fostering EU-Latin America ICT Policy dialogue

Many thanks to all those who have contributed to this issue!

2011 SEFI Student Year Do not forget to inform the students about the free SEFI membership in 2011!

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2011 SEFI Student year BLOCK THE DATES! SEFI ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2012—THESSALONIKI 23-26 September 2012

Tomorrow’s engineers – for an attractive Europe: Working Together to Build on Europe's Excellence in Engineering Education and Research Organised jointly By SEFI, CESAER and the University of Birmingham 29/30 March 2012 Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 5, 2012

University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Deadline for submission of papers: May 10, 2012 More information on: www.sefi2012.com

Jana Stefancova, Slovak University of Technology , Slovakia

FROM SEFI

Peter Riegler, Ostfalia University , Germany

Dr. Markkula has been appointed the CoR rapporteur on Horizon 2020 Dear members of SEFI, We are really happy to announce that our good colleague and friend, for-

EU-Drivers Conference

mer Chairman of the SEFI WG on CEE, Dr. Markku Markkula, has been ap-

On December 1st , SEFI participated to the successful EU-Drivers Confer-

pointed as the EU Committee of Regions rapporteur on the Eight Frame-

ence on the “EU Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) Initiative” as one of the

work Programme of the European Union for research, technological de-

Partners of the EU-Drivers Project.

velopment and demonstration activities (Horizon 2020). The decision was

Among the Keynote-speakers, we can highlight the presence of Mr. Mikel

made by the CoR a few days ago. This means excellent direct contacts

Landabaso, head of Unit “Thematic Coordination and Innovation” from

with the key directors and experts in different DGs, as well as opportuni-

DG Regio or Prof. Maria Helena Nazaré, President-Elect from EUA and

ties to use other top channels including discussions with some Commis-

former rector of the University of Aveiro, alongside with Mr. Christian

sioners.

Saublens, director of EURADA (Association of Regional development Agencies).

Would you like to reach him, please find his data below,

A report on this conference will be available in our next News@SEFI.

Markku Markkula

SEFI is associate partner of the EU-Drivers Project, coordinated by ESMU: www.eu-drivers.eu.

Member of the EU Committee of the Regions Chair CoREPP Task Force on EU2020 & CoR Rapporteur on the Role of Regions in Achieving the Objectives of EU2020

FROM MEMBERS AND PARTNERS

tel. +358-50-4642455 markku.markkula@aalto.fi

FROM ASEE

markku.markkula@cor.europa.eu

The American Society for Engineering Education seeks a new

News from Members

Editor of the Journal of Engineering Education (JEE).

We are particularly pleased to welcome the following individual members amongst our network and to cooperate with them in a near future:

Due to the announcement by Jack Lohmann of his step down by late Spring 2012, ASEE is currently seeking for applicants

Dagmar Caganova, Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia

for his succession.

Aaro Kauppinen, Tampere University, Finland Oliver Moravcik, Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia Michael Peters, Aston University , United Kingdom

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The Editor of JEE works with a team of senior associate and associate edi-

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tors to establish and execute processes to maintain JEE's reputation as the leading research journal worldwide in engineering education. Among these processes are establishing and maintaining the editorial standards for the journal, managing the review and publication of papers,

Youth. For more information see also: http://www.sefi.be/?p=2728 (Source: http://ec.europa.eu/education/news/20111123-efa_en.htm)

expanding global connections of the journal, and participating in events to expand the quantity and quality of engineering education around the world.

Tackling low achievement in mathematics and science still a

More information about the journal can be found on the website (http://

challenge in Europe

www.jee.org/about-jee) including a history of the journal, a summary of

Policy-makers need to do more to help schools tackle low achievement in

accomplishments for 2005-2010, and the 2011-15 Strategic Plan.

mathematics and science, according to two reports presented by the

Would you be interested in the position, further details are available on:

European Commission.

http://www.asee.org/about-us/headquarters/job-opportunities/job-

The report on mathematics education reveals that only five European

posting-editor-jee

countries (England, Italy, the Netherlands, Ireland and Norway) have set national targets to boost achievement levels, although a majority of EU

(source: http://www.asee.org)

Member States provide general guidelines to address pupils' difficulties in this area. The report on science shows that no Member States have spe-

SEFI would like to take the opportunity to thank Dr. Jack L. Lohmann (SEFI

cific national support policies for low achievers, although five countries

Fellow 2006) for his excellent work as Editor of the JEE over the last

(Bulgaria, Germany, Spain, France and Poland) have launched pro-

years.

grammes to tackle low achievement in general. The reports conclude that

FROM EUROPE

although much has been achieved in updating mathematics and science curricula, support for the teachers responsible for implementing the changes is still lacking. Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism

FROM THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

and Youth, said: "Europe needs to improve its educational performance. Both mathematics and science play a crucial role in modern curricula in

Erasmus for All: 5 million people in line for EU funding Up to 5 million people, almost twice as many as now, could get the chance to study or train abroad with a grant from Erasmus for All, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport proposed by the European Commission.

meeting not only the needs of the labour market, but also for developing active citizenship, social inclusion and personal fulfilment. These studies show that although progress is being made, we still have a long way to go. We also need to address gender balance so that more girls are encouraged in science and mathematics. It's time to step up our efforts to support the teaching profession and to help children who are struggling

Among them would be more than 2 million higher education students, more than 700 000 vocational students and nearly one million teachers. More than 300 000 full-time Masters' students would also benefit from a new loan guarantee scheme set up with the European Investment Bank Group. The seven-year Erasmus for All programme, which would have a

at school." Both reports provide a comparative analysis of approaches to teaching mathematics and science, with the aim of contributing to European and national debate on how to improve standards.

total budget of €19 billion, is due to start in 2014.

More information: http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?

The increase of the new programme underlines the priority given to in-

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vesting in knowledge and skills to support job creation and growth in Europe. Not only does the programme ensure that more people benefit

(Source: http://ec.europa.eu/education/news/)

from EU grants to study or train abroad; it also promotes cooperation between governments, educational institutions, businesses and other partners, to support the policy reforms needed to modernise education systems and promote innovation, entrepreneurship and employability

Commission lists priorities for 2012 The European Commission recently adopted its 2012 Work Programme,

"Investing in education and training is the best investment we can make

“Delivering European renewal", which highlights its priorities for the next

for Europe's future. Studying abroad boosts people's skills, personal de-

year. The Programme and accompanying annexes include a number of

velopment and adaptability, and makes them more employable. We want

initiatives which are planned in the area of higher education and re-

to ensure that many more people benefit from EU support for these op-

search.

portunities. We also need to invest more to improve the quality of education and training at all levels so we are a match for the best in the world and so that we can deliver more jobs and higher growth," said Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and

These initiatives include: 

a forthcoming communication on “rethinking skills in the context of

Europe 2020”, which will look at basic skills and transversal competences in lifelong learning policies;

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Area”, which aims to provide the basis for achieving strategic policy co-

versity and businesses has changed. There is no need any more to build

herence and coordination between EU and Member States, with the aim

up the bridge between them, it exists already, but the institutions have to

of increasing the efficiency of the European research system by exploiting

open themselves more in order to collaborate with companies in differ-

the potential for cross-border synergies and complementarities;

ent fields of specialization with targeted action such as shared production

a communication on “enhancing and focusing international cooperation

in research and innovation”, which will set out detailed objectives, criteria and operational principles for implementing, enhancing and focusing EU international cooperation actions under the Common Strategic

facilities. The parallel working sessions allowed the participants to grasp the reality of University-Business cooperation. Sessions were the following: A. University-Business cooperation- main findings of study and

Framework for Research and Innovation.

survey;

Looking ahead to 2013, the Commission plans a communication focusing

B. Collaborative inter-sectorial curriculum design;

on the internationalisation of higher education. It will also seek to set up

C. Entrepreneurial learning environments.

a “Youth on the Move card”, which will aim at facilitating mobility and participation of young people in Europe. The Youth on the Move label

Session A dealt with the detailed outcomes of the survey of the Münster

could be granted to pre-existing youth cards that meet the EU criteria on

University of Applied Science on UBC in Europe, and the will for Münster

the matter.

University to extend their study to universities throughout Europe.

More information:

Session B targeted on case studies from different universities which pre-

http://ec.europa.eu/atwork/programmes/docs/cwp2012_en.pdf

sented their different projects of collaboration with the industry and its outcome.

(Source: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/newsroom)

Session C focused on entrepreneurship, and the critical role of students

Innovating together: Partnerships for an Entrepreneurial Europe University-business cooperation and partnership work are crucial to trig-

and graduates as entrepreneurs. It seemed that if Entrepreneurship is not teachable as a pure subject, it can be fostered through incubators and methods taught in universities.

ger innovation. This Thematic Forum highlighted the educational aspects

by Steffi-Anne Kalisch*

of innovation systems, in particular on how universities working together

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with economic actors can contribute to an innovative ecosystem. Partnerships around collaborative curriculum design, (skills) training, employability and entrepreneurial learning environments were all themes approaches throughout the Forum, in plenary as well as in Working groups.

European Institute of Innovation and

A particular focus was given to SMEs and regional aspects.

Technology (EIT) to create more innovation

Peter Bauer (European Commission, DG Education and Culture) opened the thematic Forum, stating that the EU has to boost Higher Education by reinforcing teamwork between the member states and building up a new common education program.

hubs The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is to significantly step up its efforts to drive innovation and entrepreneurship in the EU with the creation of six new cross-border innovation hubs, known as

He was followed by Marja van Bijsterveldt (Dutch Minister for Education, Culture and Science) who focused on the need for Europe to search for its “Hidden talents”, and therefore to find out the reason, why more than 50% of the youth does not have or does not use the opportunity to study. The Thematic Forum was held during two days, the first one being centred on keynotes, followed by working sessions in parallel on the second day.

Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs), in 2014-2020. The European Commission has allocated a budget of €2.8 billion in the next financial framework to enable the EIT to expand and consolidate the development of its existing KICs which focus on climate change, sustainable energy and ICT. "The new package we are proposing for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology is great news for European business, research and

Keynotes were delivered by Pedro Miranda from SIEMENS, David Gani, Deputy-vice chancellor of the Strathclyde University in Glasgow (SCO) and Ben Butters, director for European Affairs from Euro-chambers. These presentations were supported by case studies from the Münster University of Applied Sciences and their European Study in University-Business Cooperation (UBC).

academia. We are investing in creating the entrepreneurs of tomorrow and strengthening the innovation capacity of the EU so that we remain a match for the world's best," said Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. The Commission also adopted a proposal for the EIT 'Strategic Innovation Agenda', which defines the framework for the Institute's operations in

The General Conclusion of the day was that the relationship between uni-

the years to come. The Commission expects it to provide an impetus for creating up to 600 start-up companies and for training 25 000 students

* Steffi-Anne Kalisch attended the Thematic Forum on behalf of SEFI.

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and 10 000 PhDs in new curricula combining excellent science with a

"ideal approach to integrating guest students and visiting academics" that

strong entrepreneurship component.

would simultaneously ensure "the diversity of perspectives in academic debate" and "an international as well as national perception of research

(Source: http://ec.europa.eu/education/news/news3147_en.htm)

and teaching".

Fostering EU-Latin America ICT Policy dialogue

Goethe Institute president Klaus-Dieter Lehmann reported that his organisation was making a huge effort to establish German as a foreign lan-

On late November 2011, the European and Latin-American stakeholders

guage abroad. In India alone, German was being introduced at more than

met discussed strategies to intensify EU-Latin America ICT cooperation.

1,000 higher secondary schools. German language centres were also be-

The final aim was to agree on a Joint Declaration in support of a rein-

ing successfully established in China.

forced EU-LA ICT cooperation to be presented to representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament, Latin-American govern-

"But then giving the impression that a knowledge of German isn't even

ments and the press during the closing session of the event at the Euro-

necessary to work at universities and research institutions and to com-

pean Parliament.

municate with colleagues in Germany is highly demotivating," Lehmann said.

Read more about the project: http://www.forestaproject.eu/site2/homes/home

According to Peter Funke, vice-president of the German Research Foundation (DFG), the language used in academicia also ought to depend on

(source: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/newsroom/)

the topic being dealt with. "The humanities, in particular, thrive on the value of their own respective language," Funke maintained. He also called for more incentives to take up learning foreign languages.

FROM GERMANY

(Source:

Higher profile for German sought

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?

story=2011111709121543)

Germany is aiming to raise the profile of German as an academic lan-

Three million German students study abroad

guage in a multilingual environment. Addressing a three-day conference run by the German Academic Ex-

Around a third of all German students are now visiting foreign countries

change Service (DAAD), the Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS) and the

for academic purposes. The introduction of bachelor and masters de-

Goethe Institute, federal President Christian Wulff stressed the impor-

grees appears to have changed significantly how they plan their stays

tance of promoting multilingualism and establishing German as a foreign

abroad.

language.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Federal Education and Research Ministry (BMBF) commissioned HIS, a higher education

"In order to open up Germany more to junior academics abroad, our sci-

statistics agency, to examine how international mobility among German

ence and research has to be so interesting that it is worthwhile to sur-

students has developed in the new bachelor and masters system.

mount the language barrier," Wulff added. The results of three surveys, one of them carried out among 14,000 stuGerman has played a key role in the sciences and the humanities over the

dents this year, have been combined to give a general picture of trends.

centuries. IDS director Ludwig M Eichinger described its growing impor-

From the early 1990s to 2010, the proportion of students going abroad

tance in the 18th and 19th century. German had attained "a unique posi-

for part of their studies grew from a fifth to around a third, with the total

tion because in this era, it established itself in the newly formed universi-

number of students now at just over two million. But apparently, the

ties in the spirit of Alexander von Humboldt".

transition from the old diplom or magister system to bachelor or masters

Today, however, just 1% of publications in the sciences are in German. English has been given an additional boost as a lingua franca through uni-

courses has brought about fundamental changes in when such terms abroad take place. The new degrees introduced in the course of the Bologna reform process

versities being integrated in international networks.

have shortened overall study time. Today's bachelor students go abroad The conference aimed to assess the role of languages in academic activi-

much earlier, and for a significantly shorter period, than in the past with

ties and identify ways of achieving multilingualism among academics.

the old degree courses.

DAAD president Max Huber referred to multilingualism as being the

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In 2011, 20% of Fachhochschule (university of applied sciences) students and 25% of the university students enrolled for bachelor or masters

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courses had already spent time abroad.

government plans "empower" students were merely rhetoric because

Among the bachelor students, 22% of those studying at universities had gained experience abroad by their fifth and sixth semesters, compared to 25% of those at the Fachhochschulen. In the seventh and eighth semesters, the level for university students was already 34%. In the masters degree courses, 39% of students had been abroad by the second year of study, and 40% of graduates.

individuals had little sway over their institutions, he added. He also branded fee waivers a "bare-faced con", and called the National Scholarship Programme, which will be worth £150 million by 2015, a "disaster". Addressing those institutions that advocated fee waivers over upfront bursaries, he said: "I understand you are in a straitjacket, but you are

In terms of subjects, economics students appear to be most eager to go

failing students. To subsidise the Treasury rather than students is a

abroad, followed by language and cultural science students. In the latter

scandal."

subjects, although it would appear to be most relevant to their content, mobility has dropped somewhat over the past two years. Mathematics

Key Information Sets, which will provide students with standardised

and natural sciences have much lower mobility percentages, and in engi-

data on contact hours, graduate employment success and fee levels

neering just 16-17% of students went abroad.

from 2012, were also criticised during a panel discussion at the confer-

Factors contributing to studying abroad include government funding

ence.

schemes. However, the greatest incentive is probably the labour market,

Paul Greatrix, registrar at the University of Nottingham, said that com-

with graduates boasting experience in a foreign country standing a much

piling KIS data would be a "very expensive" burden and would have lit-

better chance of getting good jobs.

tle impact on students' choices.

(Source:

"There is a danger of overwhelming students with data," added Carolyn

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?

story=20111123171239149)

Fowler, registrar and secretary at Durham University. "Data on a website only say so much - you cannot beat taster days and visits to a university."

FROM GREAT BRITAIN

(Source:

Give students a voice in decision-making process,' National

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?

sectioncode=26&storycode=418216&c=1)

Union of Students leader urges Student unions, rather than a "state-controlled" agency, should hold the power to ratify university tuition fee levels, the president of the National Union of Students has argued.

FROM IRELAND Unique agreement will create student mobility between Ireland

Urging the government to make good on its promise to "put students

and Ontario

in the driving seat", Liam Burns said university governance reform was needed to give students a greater say on strategic documents, such as

Institutes of Technology Ireland (IOTI) ) signed an agreement in Toronto

access agreements and student charters.

with Colleges Ontario which will see up to 1,000 Canadian students coming to Ireland from September 2012 to study in Irish Institutes.

He called for universities to give at least a quarter of their council seats to students, saying they should require student consent when signing

Ontario is the largest province in Canada with a population of over 13

off key documents, including long-term development plans.

million. Colleges Ontario represents 24 third level colleges which educate undergraduate students up to the equivalent of Level 7 on the Irish Na-

"We should not have a state- controlled body as our champion. It

tional Framework of Qualifications. The agreement with the Irish Insti-

wouldn't be a blanket veto [on fee levels], but there should be a way

tutes will allow these students to progress to honours degrees at Level 8

for students to say, 'We are full partners in this and we want change.'"

and beyond in Ireland. Graduates of two-year college programs in Ontario can secure an honours degree with two further years of study in Ire-

Student charters, which outline student rights and responsibilities,

land. In some academic disciplines, graduates of three-year programs will

should also be mutually agreed by staff and unions, Mr Burns argued,

be able to secure an honours degree with one further year of study.

because they were being watered down by lawyers afraid of legal recourse if rights were too clearly defined.

The first wave of Canadian students coming to Ireland will study in the ar-

"They are being sent off to the lawyers and come back with all the re-

eas of electronics engineering, business, internet applications and web

sponsibilities remaining, but the rights ripped out of the document.

development, and hospitality, but further programme areas will be added

"Students will not participate in a process if it is to be thrown back in

over the coming months.

their faces." In the opposite direction, Irish students will be able to travel to the OnWithout more student influence on decision-making, any claims that

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The agreement was signed by Gerry Murray, Chief Executive of IOTI and Linda Franklin, President and CEO of Colleges Ontario who both hailed the agreement as precedent-setting in Canada and Ireland.

work. The knowledge network will ultimately link all universities, research institutions, libraries, laboratories, hospitals and agricultural institutions across the country.

(Source: http://educationireland.wordpress.com )

However, practical problems that have prevented the implementation of previous similar proposals will still have to be addressed. In 2009, the government approved connecting 18,000 colleges and 419 universities.

FROM REST OF THE WORLD

So far, however, only 11,600 colleges now have internet connectivity. Just over two years ago India's three science academies jointly proposed changes to allow students to pick courses across disciplines within the

FROM INDIA

same university. That proposal has yet to be implemented. Implementation of the meta-university would also require all participating institutions to have a similar credit and grading system, which is not

'Meta-university' plan to boost innovation

currently the case. India plans to set up a 'meta-university', a countrywide network for higher education that will allow students the flexibility to design their

"The idea of a meta-university is very good but the question is: Are our

own curriculum and combine subjects of their choice, Prime Minister

universities ready to take this up? I think a combination of incentives and

Manmohan Singh has announced.

force will be necessary to do this," said Subhash Lakhotia, a senior zoologist at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi.

Others have floated the idea of a meta-university. Notably Charles Vest, president-emeritus at America's Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

Some experts say that with little progress on several other higher educa-

first talked of the emergence of the meta-university in a speech more

tion reforms, this announcement appears to be another 'grand idea' from

than five years ago. However, if fully implemented India could be host to

the government that lacks a coherent roadmap for implementation.

the world's first national meta-university.

The Foreign Universities Bill, the National Council for Higher Education

According to the government, the proposed interconnected web-based

and Research Bill, the Educational Tribunal Bill, the Prohibition of Unfair

platform will enable students and teachers to access and share teaching

Practices Bill, and the National Academic Depository Bill are among the

material, scholarly publications, research, scientific work and virtual ex-

many higher education reform bills awaiting the approval of parliament.

periments. The internet will provide the communication infrastructure,

"Much of the detail is still being worked out," said R. Gopalakrishnan, ad-

while a network of universities will offer courses in various disciplines, fa-

ditional secretary in the Prime Minister's Office and a member of the NIC.

cilitating more collaborative and multidisciplinary learning.

"But initially we are trying to get leading Delhi-based institutions on

"The meta-university would enable a student of astrophysics at the In-

board. The Human Resource Development Ministry is closely working

dian Institute of Science, Bangalore, for example, to take up a course in

with us on this."

comparative literature at Jadavpur University [in Kolkata]. Such creative

(Source: http://www.universityworldnews.com/)

reconfigurations are expected to create 'new minds' conducive to innovation," said Singh in a speech to the National Innovation Council (NIC) on 15 November.

Indian States seek ban on new engineering college as students

The government describes 'new minds' as combining "right brain and left

dwindle

brain - attributes that foster innovation".

With more colleges and less students, engineering colleges from three In-

The meta-university concept is similar to the Academy of Scientific and

dian states have requested the statutory body, AICTE to stop granting

Innovative Research, a recent virtual university championed by the pub-

permissions for newer colleges.

licly-funded Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It allows the CSIR to offer courses, degrees and diplomas to graduates without re-

Engineering colleges from Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan

quiring them to register at bricks-and-mortar universities.

have written to AICTE to not approve any new engineering institutions in

"The aim is to enable information technology connectivity," said CSIR di-

the above states as they are facing a slump in demand. The three states

rector-general Samir Brahmachari, who is also a member of the NIC. "It is

are Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan which found mushroom

not possible for every student to physically take every course at the uni-

growth of the private engineering colleges over the past one decade to

versity of his choice. But all students will be able to access course mate-

cash on the growing demand.

rial of their choice." The meta-university will use the National Knowledge Network, which connects a large number of central and state universities and other higher education institutions via a high-speed fibre-based broadband net-

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They, however, now face a slump in the demand as they have written to All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), the technical education regulator, not to approve any new engineering institutions.

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At a time when even the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are unable

He said, "There have also been instances of students not wanting to study

to get students for all seats, at least three state governments have cried

in institutions far away from state capitals or metro cities. We will con-

halt to sanction of the new engineering colleges in their states since they

sider these factors before taking a final decision on whether or not to al-

are facing a 'problem of plenty' as they are having trouble finding enough

low new engineering institutions."

students for their colleges. Mantha asserted that the demand for engineering education has not Besides these states, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and West Bengal are

reached a peak or saturation. He quoted in support a report on IIT-JEE re-

other states where a large number of engineering seats remained vacant

forms prepared by IIT Kharagpur director Damodar Acharya that nearly

this year.

25 lakh candidates appear for different engineering exams every year across the country. Many sit for more than one entrance exam.

The AICTE officials are amused that the state governments that always used to badger them to hurry with clearance of colleges in their territory

The AICTE -- a statutory body whose approval is necessary to start

now want the council not to grant any further licences.

courses in streams such as engineering, management, pharmacy and architecture -- has, however, taken cognisance of the three states' request

AICTE chairman SS Mantha, however, claims this is not an extraordinary

and asked all states to make a demand-supply analysis and suggest if they

situation as about 15 to 20 per cent seats in engineering institutions re-

wanted more engineering institutions to be set up.

main vacant every year because of students' preference to specific colleges and courses. The council can't refuse licence to new colleges, just

It has also decided to let the engineering institutions conduct part-time

because of the state governments' red flag, without supporting their

courses in the evening hours from 2012-13 for working professionals,

claim with substantial logic, he affirmed.

since there is already demand for such courses in metros and some other big cities.

"Only these three states said they do not want new institutions. But they have not given details of the number of students clearing Class XII exams

(Source: http://uswww.rediff.com/getahead/)

or the number of general and other professional institutions operating in these states. Unless we get those data, we cannot take a final decision on their demand. We have asked the states to furnish the additional data by December 31," the AICTE chief said.

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FOR YOUR CALENDAR

In December

1 December 2011, Brussels, Belgium EU-DRIVERS Conference on Regional Strategic Positioning: The EU Smart specialization strategies initiative (S3) - Universities improving their strategic interactions with regional stakeholders SEFI is in charge of the Scientific More information on: www.eu-drivers.eu

10 December 2011, SEFI HQ, Brussels, Belgium Techno TN 2012 Partner Meeting

11 December 2011, SEFI HQ, Brussels, Belgium Meeting of the SEFI TF Quality Assurance and Accreditation 14:30-17:00

05 – 07 December 2011, Fremantle, Australia AAEE Conference 2011: “Developing Engineers for Social Justice: Community Involvement, Ethics and Sustainability” More information on: www.aaee.com.au/conferences/2011/

12 December 2011, Birmingham University offices, Brussels, Belgium SEFI AC Meeting 3/2011 10:00-17:30

07 – 08 December 2011, Istanbul University, Turkey International Science and Technology Conference ISTEC 2011 More information: www.iste-c.net/

13 December 2011, Brussels, Belgium European e-Skills 2011 Conference More information: www.eskillsweek-events.eu

8 December 2011, Brussels, Belgium—European Council Of Civil Engineers (ECCE) 4th Presidents’ Meeting of the European Engineering Organizations ECCE - ECEC Joint Event: 1st European Engineers' Day More information: www.ecceengineers.eu

15 December 2011, FEANI HQ, Brussels, Belgium ENAEE meeting

In January and February 30 January 2012, Brussels, Belgium Project MODERN Conference—ESMU « Engaging in the Modernisation Agenda for European Higher Education » SEFI is partner of the project MODERN

09 – 10 February 2012, Madrid, Spain CLAIU-EU Conference “The Engineering Doctorate” With the active participation of SEFI More information: http://www.claiu.org/

More information: www.esmu.be/modern.html

2-3 February 2012, DIT, Dublin, Ireland E3M project conference: Universities’ Third Mission: Indicators and Good Practices.

11 – 12 February 2012,La Sapienza, Rome, Italy CLAIU-EU Conference “The Formation of the Engineer – International Models” More information: http://www.claiu.org/

The Dublin Institute of Technology, the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the University of Porto, members of SEFI, are partners of the project E3M.

23-24 February 2012, Fondation Universitaire, Brussels, Belgium ENAEE General Assembly 2012

More information: http://www.sefi.be/?p=2722

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