In the evolving landscape of engineering education, universities of science and technology play a pivotal role. The BoostEuroTeQ project offers detailed recommendations to help these universities meet the global challenges related to technology and society.

Key Recommendation:

  1. Institutional Support for Co-Creation:
    • Adjust organizational structures to foster co-creation, optimizing resource allocation and enhancing cross-departmental collaborations.
  1. Curriculum Integration:
    • Embed co-creation widely across the curriculum, involving industry and community leaders to introduce real-world challenges.
  2. Promotion of Interdisciplinary Learning:
    • Integrate social sciences, ethics, and sustainability into engineering curricula to expand the scope of technical education and address the broader societal impacts of engineering solutions.
  3. Enhancement of Co-Creation Practices:
    • Develop facilities and digital platforms that support collaborative learning and remote participation.
    • Provide ongoing training and resources to faculty for effective management of diverse and interdisciplinary teams.
  4. Building External Partnerships:
    • Establish partnerships beyond traditional academic-industry relationships, including with non-profits and government agencies, to diversify perspectives and enrich learning experiences.
  5. Continuous Adaptation and Feedback:
    • Implement a reflexive evaluation process to monitor and adapt co-creation projects and curricular developments continuously.
  6. Long-Term Commitment to Innovation:
    • Integrate a culture of long-term commitment to innovation and co-creation into strategic goals, ensuring sustainability and relevance of educational practices.
  1. Advance Data Competency in Engineering:
  • Create programs that help engineers use and understand data better. These programs should combine traditional engineering knowledge with important digital skills, such as informatics, enhancing proficiency in areas like AI and digital workflows.
  1. Encourage Continuous Professional Growth:
  • Foster a culture of continuous professional development by establishing a framework within companies that supports lifelong learning. This can be achieved through self-assessment tools and tailored educational resources that help engineers identify and pursue relevant upskilling opportunities based on emerging industry trends.

Implementation Strategies:

  1. Resource Investment:
    • Allocate funding for new learning technologies and collaborative spaces to enhance co-creation and interdisciplinary learning.
  2. Stakeholder Engagement:
    • Engage all stakeholders, including students, faculty, and external partners, in continuous dialogue to keep educational programs aligned with industry and societal needs.
  3. Promotion of Lifelong Learning:
    • Offer flexible learning options, such as microdegree study programm and online courses, to accommodate ongoing professional development and adapt to changing technologies.

By adopting these policy recommendations, universities will not only produce technically proficient graduates but also socially responsible engineers equipped to lead and innovate in a globally interconnected world.

The policy recommendations have been compiled based on the following Boost EuroTeQ deliverables: