On 25 April, a group of InnoEnergy professors was invited to participate as speakers in the IEEE EDUCON 2017, the global engineering education conference. The event was held in Athens following the main theme “Challenging the Transition from the Classic to the Emerging in the Engineering Education” and was organized by the University of Piraeus, the Hellenic Open University, the Hellenic Air Force Academy, the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, and the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences. Academics and professors from all over the world had the opportunity to discuss and share their vision about the different challenges that education is facing and the critical role that higher education institutions play in them.
Josep Bordonau, InnoEnergy Iberia Education Director, gave an overview regarding the active learning in sustainable energy master degrees and after his presentation he said: “Attendees were inquisitive about our masters’ multiple challenge approach, a methodology that consists of the development of the student competencies through real challenges that are, in all cases, open to a diversity of solutions. The teachers’ support is focused on the methodology and on giving specific feedback, while the solution presented by the students fully depends on their own decisions”. Bordonau added that: “The audience was also really interested in InnoEnergy`s activities, in how we support and invest in innovation from classroom to customers, everything within the framework of the knowledge triangle”.
InnoEnergy RENE Master Director, Enrique Velo, together with Boris Lazzarini and Agustí Pérez-Foguet from the UPC, gave a presentation titled “Fostering Global Learning in Engineering Education” based on the “Global Dimension in Engineering Education” (GDEE) initiative, an European network whose aim is to increase the awareness, critical understanding and attitudinal values of undergraduates and postgraduates students in technical universities across Europe related to Sustainable Human Development (SHD) and its relationship with technology. He highlighted the relevance of providing engineering students with skills and competencies enabling them to exercise their profession prepared for sustainable development challenges and, in this context, InnoEnergy “Engineering and Business Case®” was mentioned as a project strategy.