8 Recommendations for Engineering Education in Europe
Posted by Bert Maes on January 27, 2010
In the European Union, there is considerable potential in the industry for growth and employment to 2020, through higher investment and innovation in key areas.
One of the recommendations from ORGALIME, The European Engineering Industries Association, is titled “Improve the EU educational and engineering base”.
According to the ORGALIME/ELECTRA report 20 Solutions for Growth and Investment to 2020 and Beyond :
Skills shortage is a major point of concern for the electrical engineering industry which relies on highly skilled staff to develop its products. The industry is finding it increasingly difficult to meet its needs for these and other skilled staff.
A pro-active policy to ensure the supply of skilled labour is therefore key to the industry’s long-term success.
The following recommendations should contribute to that:
- Accelerate the transfer of know-how from research institutes and universities to businesses: this is today insufficient.
- Aim at achieving that all EU countries should send at least 50% of students through tertiary education (the level following the completion of high school, secondary school, or gymnasium).
- Aim at attracting at least 25% of tertiary education students into technical, engineering and science education.
- Provide for the possibility for equivalence of all technical degrees across the EU; implement science and engineering bachelor and master system across all EU countries, foster scientist and student exchanges across EU countries.
- Attract engineering talent from abroad into the EU, including by starting a call-back programme for EU engineers and scientists now working in the U.S.A. or elsewhere outside the EU.
- Encourage engineering apprenticeships
- Initiate regular EU excellence competitions of EU science and engineering schools based on education results (not research).
- Create transition points between technical education and bachelors (university) education.
The report adds: There are a number of centres of excellence in different industries across Europe.
However, in order to maximize the chances of achieving real economic benefits, more collaboration and a critical mass in innovative clusters & regional specialisation is necessary.
DEAR READER, I believe the recommendations are spot on. But I’m wondering, do you know such “centres of excellence”, either in Europe or the US?