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Dear members, 
this is the new format of our well known monthly newsletter. You have noticed, that we send a separate press review every week with press clippings concerning Engineering Education and higher education in general. This newsletter aims to bring you news from SEFI, its members, partners and EU stakeholders. It is a great opportunity not only to receive but also share information about your institution for example. We hope you enjoy reading it and we look forward to your active contributions next time. 

 SEFI is looking for a new Editor-in-Chief of European Journal of Engineering Education (EJEE) is a flagship publication of SEFI and has a long-  standing reputation as a journal publishing research relevant  to engineering educators around the world.
 We are looking for  a new Editor-in-Chief, who would be able  to commit for 1 day per week.

 For the particular Responsibilities, Requirements and  Practical  information, please refer to the advertisment on SEFI website.
 All required documents should be sent to Mrs. Françoise   Côme, the secretary general of SEFI (, no later than on 31 January 2017. Questions regarding the position or the search process can be directed to professor Jonte Bernhard ( to the present EiC professor Erik de Graaff (

Physics Teaching in Engineering Education (PTEE) conference 

18–19/05/2017 - Zilina, Slovakia - The theme of the conference will be “Challenges and solutions for effective teaching”. This means that topics will cover a broad variety of different up-to-date good practices in physics teaching, that are also adaptable to other parts of engineering education. Join us to present your challenges, and solutions to them. More information from conference website:
Invitation by Juho Tiili, Chairman of the Working Group of Physics

Common Training Principles for Engineers - a EU/ECEC initiative

European Commission has contracted the development of proposals for Common Training Principles for Engineers (CTPE)  to the ECEC (European Council of Engineering Chambers) in a six-month project (Apr-Oct 2016) covering all EEA countries. The 27 October, the CTP stakeholders conference was organised in Vienna. The Chair of SEFI WG Quality and Accreditation, prof. Jolly (French CTI Vice-President), attended the conference and she will provide us with further details. The members of the SEFI Board of Directors are questioning this initiative and waiting for its results before taking a definitive stand-point. 
For more background information, please refer to our website.

New Board Members

As of October, SEFI has the following four new members of the Board of Directors. 
Four more board members were reelected: 
- Dr. Pieter De Vries, Delft University of Technology
- Prof. Joao Rocha, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto
- Prof. Carlo Noe, UniversitàCarlo Cattaneo - LIUC
- Prof. Hannu-Matti Järvinen; Tampere University of Technology
The entire list of the current SEFI Board of Directors can be found on our website.
Deans Council Membership - Now free for deans!
We remind our members that by decision of the 2016 SEFI General Assembly, the membership of the SEFI European Engineering Deans Council (EEDC) is from now on open for free to all deans or former deans members of SEFI institutional members. Membership remains open with fee to other individual deans.
The Aim of EEDC is to implement a network of European Engineering Deans and to leverage these deans’ collective strengths for the advancement of engineering education and research.
The Objectives of EEDC are to provide a forum for exchange of information and for discussion of experiences, challenges and best pratices to lead an engineering college, faculty or school; to identify opportunities for engineering deans to collaborate with industry and other stakeholders in education, research and innovation; and 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.
For further details please visit
Willing to become member, please contact

Membership Subscriptions Review 2016

We are currently reviewing the membership subscriptions for 2016 and the status of the membership payments and contacting the members who have not yet made the payment.
If you have not paid your membership fee this year, we would like to kindly invite you to do so at your earliest convenience. We remind you that SEFI is entirely financed from subscriptions of members and therefore it is crucial for its funcioning. 
Thank you very much for your kind understanding and support of SEFI!

New SEFI Members 

In October we have had the pleasure to welcome the following two new individual members:
Konstantinos Aslanides
- Student - Aristotle University of Thessalonikii
 Dr. Cecilia Haskins
 - Associate Professor of Systems Engineering - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
6-10/11 - WEEF & GEDC 2016 (link), Seoul, Korea

8-14/11 - BEST Presidents Meeting (link), Warsaw, PL

15-18/11 - CDIO Fall Meeting 2016, (link) ISEP Porto, PT

21-22/11 - ENAEE 10th Anniversary & GA 2016, (link) Roma, IT

23/11 - EPICES Project International Meeting (link), Paris, FR

25/11 - Meeting of SEFI Board of Diectors, Brussels, BE
Engineering Education Calendar - All events
PhD. candidate in Engineering Education            
TU Delft - Faculty of Aerospace Engineering is looking for a PhD. candidate in the field of engineering education as part of a Knowledge Alliance on the Professional Roles and Employability of Future Engineers in the Erasmus+ programme. Deadline for applications is 1 December 2016. For more information, please refer to this link.
Three new ways to get students industry-ready  
In our innovation-driven world, students are expected to graduate ready to make an impact in industry. To help ensure they’re prepared, NI is building an ecosystem for active learning in core applications like power electronics, digital systems, and more.
Explore the latest trainer boards for use with the NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) to see how you can build the ideal lab for your course.

Call for contributions:                                                     
EDEN 2017 Annual Conference: #EDEN17  "Diversity matters" 13-16 June 2017 in Jönköping, Sweden
Important dates:
- 30/01/2017 - Submissions
- 15/02/2017 - Registration Open
- 31/03/2017 - Notification of Authors
Call for papers:                                                          
The 6th International Research Symposium on Problem Based Learning 2017 (IRSPBL’2017) organized by the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in collaboration with the Aalborg Centre for Problem Based Learning in Engineering Science and Sustainability under the auspices of UNESCO, based at Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. 
- 21/11/2016 - Abstract submission deadline. (possible to submit papers in Spanish.)

The IRSPBL’2017 is organized together with Research in Engineering Education Symposium 2017  as a part of The Engineering Education Week Colombia 2017
WEEF & GEDC 2016
The World Engineering Education Forum & The Global Engineering Deans Council, 2016 will take place on 6-10 November in Seoul, South Korea. See their program!
ENAEE 10th Anniversary and GA 2016
European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Rome. SEFI President Martin Vigild will attend the celebration with a SEFI presentation. Board Member Prof. Anne-Marie Jolly will attend both, the 10th anniversary and the General Assembly. 
EUA releases new data on university funding - Public Funding Observatory
EUA presented the findings of the 2016 Public Funding Observatory on 6 October 2016 on the occasion of the 3rd Funding Forum at the University of Porto in Portugal. The data captures the very latest funding trends in Europe and offers the most up-to-date information on 30 different higher education systems.

GEDC Recent Election Results:                               
Global Engineering Deans Council has had its elections recently. Here are the results:
Chair Elect: Natacha DePaola
Secretary/Treasurer: Wayne Davis
Executive committee: 3 year term - Theo Andrew, Mark Hoffman, Peter Jimack, Guillermo Oliveto, Julia Ross, Xiao Wei Sun; 2 year term - Rupesh Vasani,
1 year term - Maj Mirmirani

Call for papers:                                                            
The 15th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education and Technology, The OAS Summit of Engineering for the Americas.  “Global partnerships for development and engineering education",  19-21 July 2017 in Boca Raton (FL), US 
Deadlines for submissions:
- 15/12/2016 - Full Papers, Work in Progress
- 01/02/2017 - the International Student Paper Competition
Papers can be submitted in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French

32nd European Student Convention:                              
2 October 2016, Bratislava - Through interactive workshops and informal discussions, student activists reflected, among others, on ways forward the EU New Skills Agenda for Europe and the implementation of Erasmus+ and Council of Europe’s Reference Framework of Competences for Democratic culture. More information on this link.
Call for proposals for Erasmus+ 2017                     
Call for proposals for Erasmus+ 2017 with the total of 2.5bn  budget was published last week. Together with the call, the EU has published an online guide was the beneficiaries to navigate easier through the document and to facilitate their applications. For more info, follow this link.

EU STUDYUniversity-Business Cooperation – Opinions sought
DG Education and Culture has launched a wide-ranging study on cooperation between higher education institutions and public and private organisations in Europe seeking opinions of maximum relevant respondents. We encourage you to fill in their survey until 11/11/2016. It should take you 15 minutes and you may use your native language!

European Education Training and Youth Forum 2016

European Education Training and Youth Forum introducing the New Skills Agenda For Europe took place on 20-21/10 in Brussels. SEFI was represented by Klara Ferdova. An extensive report on this event can be found at the EU website.

Eurydice report on national admission fees for higher education in the EU and beyond

This report aims to provide both an overview of the main features of national fee and support systems and more detailed information on each individual country. Information covers the 28 EU Member States as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey. For more information, please visit EURYDICE website.
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