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Dates to remember:
15/03/2017 - Registration deadline for ECED - invited speakers, panelists and YouTube presenters are on the website as well as final programme and details about the sessions
19/03/2017 - Submission SEFI 2017 - for instructions, see the submission page
04/04/2017 - Extraordinary General Assembly, TU Munich, 14:00-15:00 - to ratify the statutes amendments as approved in GA 2016 in Tampere (no quorum reached). Official notification will be sent by post.
05/05/2017 - First meeting of Board of Directors in 2017, DTU Lyngby, Copenhagen, Denmark

In the pipeline:
2017 SEFI EU Debate - will take place in Brussels in May, it is under preparation with the Debate committe and we will inform you soon about the details.
IIDEA 2017 Workshop, Tsinghua University - will be co-organized by SEFI (F. Côme) and IFEES President (M. Auer) on the topic of "Pedagogy and On Line Engineering" .
Invited workshops leaders:
- Danilo Zutin, Vice-President International Ass. of Online Engineering
- Greet Langie, KU Leuven/SEFI
- Susan Zvacek, Denver University
- Khairiyah Mohd Yusof, University of Technology Malaysia

Recent internal news:
Since the start of the year, we are also preparing a new website and a new database of SEFI members and contacts, with several online services. 

New Project Applications:
Over the last weeks, SEFI HQ was deeply involed into the preparation of a series of EU cooperation projects:
- Jean Monnet Activities: DIASPOR -" Crossroads towards higher education of multinational  young migrants, for access to professional recognition" (coordinator: National Technical University of Athens)
- Capacity Building: DIMINT - "Aus- und Weiterbildung der lehrenden in MINT - Fächern zur individualisierung der lernprozesse und der berufsorientierung durch digitalisierung"  (Coordinator: University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld
Under HORIZON 2020
-COGENT INNOV - Co-generation of new holistic innovators for a developing society (Coordinator: ENSTA Bretagne)
Presently (deadline 27/3):
- ERASMUS + KA2 on University and community partnership model for enhancing creativity of engineering studies (title to be confirmed) (Coordinator: TU Riga) 
Elections to the Board of Directors:
call for candidates
The 2017 General Assembly to be held in Terceira (Azores Islands) on 20 September, will elect 7 new members of the Board of directors (so-called "directors") with a mandate of 3 years and two members with a mandate of one year (see art. 14 of the Statutes and section IV of the By-laws).
Directors are requested to attend 3 meetings of the Board of directors per year. 
Members of SEFI eager to submit their candidature shall send a CV and a motivation letter to the SEFI Secretary general by April 15, to be reviewed by the Board of directors on the occasion of its meeting of May 5. 
For any further information, please contact:
15/03 - STELA  Project Transnational Meeting, TU Graz, Austria

03-04/04 - ECED 2017, Munich, Germany

04/04 - Extraordinary General Assembly of SEFI, Munich, Germany

All events are listed in the Engineering Education Calendar on SEFI website
28/02-02/03/2018 - Brasilia, Brazil - 9th International Symposium on Project Approaches in Engineering Education (PAEE) &15th Active Learning in Engineering Education Workshop (ALE): "Advances in Engineering Education by Inclusion and Diversity" The submission of abstracts will be open from 15 July 2017 to 15 August 2017. More information will be available soon at the conference website.
Webinar this week                                                     

01/03/2017 - Mind the gap between composites characterization and simulation
Join us  to learn how novel composites characterization methods, model development and simulations can increase your knowledge of composites behavior and speed up qualification. Find out how to bridge the gap between characterization and simulation information. TInd more info and register in here.

MathWorks Webinar series                                    

09/03/2017 - Predictive Maintenance with MATLAB: A Prognostics Case Study
In this webinar, we will show how big data and machine learning techniques in MATLAB can be used to estimate equipment health and time until failure. Using data from a real-world example, we will explore importing and pre-processing data, as well as selecting features, and training and comparing multiple machine learning models. We will show how these technologies are used build prognostics algorithms and take them into production, enabling companies to improve the reliability of their equipment and build new predictive maintenance services

LabVIEW Provides Unprecedented Insight into Human Development
Born in Bradford, one of the largest research studies ever undertaken, is assessing how human health and wellbeing is influenced by our environment, genes & lifestyle.  To aid this study, the University of Leeds developed a LabVIEW-based research tool, which is now tracking the motor-cognitive development of 13,500 children, all the way from birth into adulthood. 
Learn more about this ambitious study

Excellent education in research-rich universities                
Members of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) are taking a hard look at how they can provide the best possible student education for the twenty-first century, in these days of political and economic challenge. A new LERU position paper, ‘Excellent education in research-rich universities’, analyses the characteristics of excellent education.

Present your institution at Study in Europe Fairs 2017
A consortium comprising ACA, Archimedes Foundation, British Council, Campus France, DAAD and EP-Nuffic won, in late 2014, a European Commission contract over the implementation of the “Enhancing the attractiveness of European higher education in the world” project. As a part of this project, following Study in Europe fairs are organised:
10-11/05/2017 - Tashkent, Uzbekistan
19-20/05/2017 - Lagos, Nigeria
10/2017 - Amman, Jordan (TBC)


Structural Indicators for Monitoring Education and Training Systems in Europe 2016 – Thematic Overviews

Is informal learning recognised everywhere in Europe for entry into higher education? How common are work placements as part of higher education programmes? These questions are answered in Eurydice's thematic overviews. The publications examine education structures, policies and reforms in five key areas: early childhood education and care, achievement in basic skills, early leaving from education and training, higher education and graduate employability. Each publication looks at a number of key indicators and features up-to-date figures, definitions, country notes, and analyses of recent key policy developments and reforms.

ERA Progress Report 2016

The European Research Area (ERA) Progress Report 2016 shows the state of play in ERA. A lot has happened in the European research landscape since the last edition in 2014. The ERA Roadmap at EU level was endorsed by the Council in early 2015. This called for top action priorities that will have the biggest impact on Europe’s science and innovation systems. Last year almost all Member States and a number of Associated Countries have published their National Action Plans on ERA showing clear political ownership of ERA. This analysis carried out in 2016 shows strong progress in all ERA priorities across the EU.
EUA’s recommendations for the future Erasmus+ Programme
As a contribution to the ongoing mid-term evaluation of the Erasmus+ Programme (2014-2020), the “EUA member consultation: A contribution to the Erasmus+ mid-term review” found that the Programme has brought a number of improvements compared to its predecessors. However, the report also highlights areas for improvement, for which EUA proposes 10 recommendations for enhancing Erasmus+ in 2020 and beyond.
e-Learning Ecologies - Principles for New Learning and Assessment
e-Learning Ecologies explores transformations in the patterns of pedagogy that accompany e-learning—the use of computing devices that mediate or supplement the relationships between learners and teachers—to present and assess learnable content, to provide spaces where students do their work, and to mediate peer-to-peer interactions. Written by the members of the "new learning" research group, this textbook suggests that e-learning ecologies may play a key part in shifting the systems of modern education, even as technology itself is pedagogically neutral.

Creating an online community of action researchers 

The Council of Europe’s Pestalozzi Programme promotes the message of the Organisation and its values – human rights, democracy and the rule of law – in the practice of education (formal, non-formal and informal) and aims to support member states in including these ideals in their education systems. Basing its approach to professional development firmly on social constructivism and social constructionism, it invests in educators who create new practices. If you are interested, get your version here.
Erasmus+ Master Loans                                    
In total over 150 million EURO is available now in loans for students from the 33 Erasmus+ Programme Countries.  The first university launching a pilot is the University of Luxembourg and the European Commission is keen for more institutions or university networks to commit to such direct 'material support', and simultaneously benefit from the EU guarantee against student default on repayment.
EP Resolution on Erasmus+ implementation               
With the release of the resolution, 2 February 2017, on the implementation of Erasmus+ the European Parliament communicates coming priorities for the successful advancement of the Union’s programme for education, training, youth and sport. Pointing out successes as well as ongoing challenges, the European Parliament emphasises a need for budget increases, simplifications in the programme as well as improved focus on strategic partnerships.

Call for proposals - KA2 - Cooperation for Innovation
and Exchange of Good Practices Sector Skills Alliances

European Commission in cooperation with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency is inviting the submission of proposals concerning the establishment or development of Sector Skills Alliances. The action Sector Skills Alliances will be an important instrument to support the implementation of the New Skills Agenda for Europe . 
Projects can achieve these objectives by applying to one of the following "Lots": Lot 1 - Sector Skills Alliances; Lot 3 - Sector Skills Alliances for implementing a new strategic approach (“Blueprint”) to sectoral cooperation on skills. 
 2 May 2017, Budget: Total Budget estimated at EUR 28 million (at a maximum EU co-financing rate of 80%). 

Policy and international cooperation measures for research infrastructures - H2020 INFRASUPP 2016/2017
Following the communication of the Commission on International Cooperation in Research and Innovation (COM(2012)497), international cooperation for research infrastructures is needed with a number of key third countries/regions seen as strategic for the development, exploitation and management of world-class research infrastructures necessary to address research challenges with a global dimension. more information
Budget: proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of up to EUR 1.5 million for the first area and between EUR 3 and 3.5 million for the second area (RDA)
Deadline: 29 March 2017
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