Newsfeed 2015 May

IACEE Newsfeed 2015 May 22



    - Kim Scalzo (State University of New York, USA), President, IACEE

The IACEE Council held its summer meeting in Beijing on May 13th at the headquarters for the China Association for Continuing Engineering Education (CACEE).  Council members from 10 countries attended the meeting to discuss relevant issues of global development of continuing engineering education in schools and enterprises. At that meeting, updates were provided on plans for the 2016 IACEE World Conference, the IACEE Quality Program, and IACEE’s CEE Manager Training Program.  The vacant position on the Executive Committee was also filled with the election of Ricardo Gutierrez-Mercado from ITESM - Tecnológico de Monterrey to the position of Vice President for Products.  Welcome, Ricardo to the Executive Committee!  Other discussions centered around updates planned for the website, a webinar series for the 2015-2016 academic year, activities of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs), the next solicitation for IACEE awards, and regional events at which IACEE will have a presence in the coming year.  The Council also approved the formation of a Think Tank concept where members and non-members can gather to discuss significant ideas, put forth ideas and actions that are meaningful for bringing about continuing engineering education. More information will be forthcoming soon. Look for ongoing updates and information about all of this and more on the IACEE website.

 -  Zhang Guoqing (China Association for Continuing Engineering Education), Vice President, IACEE

Following the Council Meeting, IACEE Council members joined IACEE and CACEE members from industry, government, and academic institutions in China for a Workshop on Online Learning of Continuing Engineering Education on May 14th and 15th at the Beijing Institute of Technology.  The workshop featured keynote speeches from Nelson Baker, IACEE Secretary General and Past President, and Dean of Professional Education at Georgia Institute of Technology, and from Mr. Sun Jianli, Director General,  Department of Professional and Technical Personnel Management, Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security.  Presentations were also made by several IACEE Council members and leaders within China on topics ranging from the expanded use of the internet for online learning to technical professionals in China, issues around quality assurance for online learning, scaling online learning to meet workforce development needs, and innovations in online learning. Throughout the workshop, there was a great exchange of ideas on how the global CEE community can work together to improve and expand online learning in CEE. There were about 60 participants from relevant government departments, commissions, associations, large state owned  enterprises and universities. The three sessions featured Current Situation and Practice of On-line Learning of CEE; Issues, Options and Challenges of On-line Learning of CEE; and Future Development Vision of On-line Learning of CEE. For each session two presentations from IACEE members and two presentations from CACEE members exchanged their experiences and proposed ideas for improvement. 

“It was a great opportunity to network, learn from each other, and strengthen the relationship between IACEE and CACEE, one of IACEE’s three regional leader organizations.  Thank you to our gracious hosts, CACEE, the Beijing Institute of Technology, and the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security for organizing the workshop and hosting the IACEE events.”   - Kim Scalzo (State University of New York, USA), President, IACEE


- Alfredo Soeiro (University of Porto, Portugal), Conference Chair, IACEE 2016
IACEE 2016 is the 15th World Conference of International Association of Continuing Engineering Education. It will be held in Porto, Portugal on 17-20 May 2016. The theme is Innovation in Continuing Professional Development: A Vision of the Future. The three tracks are: Ensuring CPD University-Industry-Business Alliances, Envisioning CPD Future Modes, and Devising CPD Stakeholders Alliances. Organized by engineering organizations, this international event will be the place to discuss the current state and best practices of continuing professional development (CPD), and foresee its future. Major stakeholders are invited and interaction is sought to write the history of the future of CPD. The format of the conference will provide plenty of occasions to hear everyone´s opinion and exchange ideas and plans. We invite you to take part in shaping the future of CPD on a global stage with one of the very few international organizations that is devoted to CPD. Take advantage of the conference to visit Porto, a city that has been chosen as #1 best destination in Europe in 2014. Visit the conference website and follow the developments at

 - Ed Borbely (University of Michigan, USA), IACEE Council Member


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A Knowledge Share Moment from Daniel Kuenzle (ETH Zurich: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), IACEE Council Member

Would you like to develop a CEE course or programme? Then think in circles! Read the Seventh KSM

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Next Opportunities to Earn A Badge in CEE Manager's Program

  1. Workshop: Building and Marketing CEE Programs for Global Engineering Workforce, World Engineering Education Forum, Florence, Italy, September 20-24, 2015
  2. Workshop: Building and Marketing International CEE Programs and Strategies in Forming Partnerships, Conference on Industry and Education Collaboration, Austin, TX, USA, February 3-5, 2016
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- Marc Goossens (European Society for Engineers and Industrialists, Belgium), IACEE Council Member
people togetherAs part of the agenda of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, an international forum on “Universities, Businesses and Co: Together We Can - Strategic Inter-sectorial Partnerships for Economic & Social Change & Growth” was organized by the European Commission and the Italian Rector's Conference, and took place in Rome on 2nd and 3rd October 2014.This forum, organized in a wonderful renovated palace of the Piazza della Pilotta, near the Fontana di Trevi, was structured around the three following round tables:
  1. Rethinking and opening up education: new and innovative approaches for delivering education more suitable to prepare graduates for the job market and to continuing education, upgrading and re-qualification of employees.
  2. Business creation and employability: quality education and entrepreneurial skills boost growth and competitiveness and we have to define which transversal skills can be taught in cooperation with enterprises to strengthen employability, creativity and new professional paths.
  3. Strategic alliances and the creation of ecosystems: the role of the public sector, of enterprises and universities in the implementation of local smart specialization strategies for a greater impact on regional development.
From my point of view, having taken part in most University-Business Forums organized by the European Commission, this Forum showed an evolution towards more concrete approaches of that question of relationship between those two different worlds: University and Business. Of course, the fact remains that it was above all a ‘political’ meeting, with mostly declarations of principle, and that a number of speakers tackled essentially the situation of Italy. Nevertheless, here are a few declarations that seem to me being worth to be emphasized:
  • “It is necessary to redefine the role of universities, passing from what they are good for” to “what they are good at, because what they do has more impact than what they are.”  - Ellen Hazelkorn, Policy Advisor to the Higher Education Authority, Ireland
  • “Trust is essential for building strong and long-lasting relationship.” - both Maria Helena Nazaré, President of the European University Association, and Allan Gibb, Professor Emeritus of entrepreneurship and Small Business, University of Durham, United Kingdom
  • “Let’s not forget to train the trainers.” - Marina Ranga, Senior Researcher, Stanford University, USA
  • “Machines and computers are taking an always larger part of the jobs. That’s why interpersonal skills, creativity and flexibility are becoming more and more important.” - Ida Sirolli, Head of Research & Education, Telecom Italia
  • “The best universities of the world for “producing” entrepreneurs are, for me, Aalto University in Finland, with their “Design factory,” and Stanford University in USA, with their design courses.” - Carlo Alberto Pratesi, Professor, University of Rome Three
  • “Universities must not be Museums of the Past, but Labs of the Future.” Patrizio Bianchi, Councilor, Professional Education, University, Research and Employment
  • “You need money to change the minds.” - Carlo Calenda, Vice Minister, Ministry for Economic Development, Italy
  • “SMEs are learning by doing and play a little role in R&D.” - Donato Iacobucci, Professor, Università Politechnica delle Marche, Italy
  • “There has to be a dialogue between science and society, which is easier within an ecosystem.” Hank Kune, Director, Educore, The Netherlands

Newsfeed contact: Soma Chakrabarti (University of Delaware, USA), IACEE First Vice President; Vice President for Members Engagement and Communication