Conference of European schools for Advanced
Engineering Education and Research
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CESAER Annual Meetings, Budapest, 18-20 October 2017

Preliminary Programme


Conference Theme

As main topic the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) proposes the challenges for universities of science and technology in university engineering education with a particular view on the skills delivered by universities of science and technology and building on STEM competences acquired during secondary education.

University engineering education for the 21st century: What do we provide and need?

Universities of science and technology in Europe, like BME, face specific challenges with regard to the accreditation of programmes opening Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) towards Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Arts And Mathematics (STEAAAM), offering lifelong learning and the provision of civic and intercultural competences and transversal skills such as entrepreneurship, sustainability, and international orientation. The steAAAmit! video campaign which was launched during the year aimed at demonstrating how the community of universities of science and technology contributes on the one hand to personal development through higher education; and on the other hand make the world a better place through research and innovation.

From 1998, the creation of a European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and related reforms have been the driving policy force behind European cooperation in higher education. In spite of the significant increase in funding, like the EU Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport (currently Erasmus+) universities can make extra efforts to strengthen it. New initiatives - are forced by employment considerations and lack of a distinct focus on STEM education and training mainly in the secondary education. Clearly, the universities of science and technology in Europe - BME as well - have an essential role in creating understanding about the social relevance of STEM; part of their role is to raise the interest of high school students and make them be able to cope with the studies arriving to the university.

That is the reason why the focus of the educational priorities has shifted towards bridging secondary and higher education and preparing well-trained graduate students who understand how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life and - prepared for boosting sustainable economic growth by making more effective national research systems started from the secondary school; optimal transnational co-operation and competition, on common research agendas, and infrastructures; an open labour market for researchers, facilitating mobility, supporting training and ensuring attractive careers; gender, equality and gender mainstreaming in research encouraging gender diversity to foster science excellence and relevance; optimal circulation and transfer of scientific knowledge, to guarantee access to and uptake of knowledge by all; and international cooperation.


Inspired by these circumstances, we propose the following programme for the CAM 2017:

Day 1: Wednesday, 18th October 2017

09:00 – 18:00

Task Forces meetings (only for task forces) & workshops (open to all Members)

19:00 – 20:30

Welcome Reception (open to all)


Day 2: Thursday, 19th October 2017

9:00 – 14:00

Meeting of Governining Bodies

9:00 – 13:00

Social programme 1 (in parallel, open to all Members)

City tours guided by the students from the Faculty of Architecture

13:00 – 14:30

Registration and light lunch

14:30 – 18:30     High-level CESAER Conference 2017 (open to all Members)



Key note speech on role of secondary education in promoting STEM subjects and democratic citizenship 

Tibor NAVRACSICS, European Commissioner for Education, Youth and Culture (confirmed)


Key note speech on Engineers for and of the future

Françoise CHOMBAR, Chief Executive Officer Melexis (confirmed)


Award ceremony for steAAAm it! Prize by Navracsics, Luyben and Member of Jury


Conference photo


Coffee break


Plenary panel discussion on STEM skills needed from secondary education and skills delivered by universities of S&T allowing for interaction with the audience.


Concluding remarks and closure 


End of high-level CESAER Conference 2017

19:30 – 22:30

Gala Dinner (open to all Members)


Day 3: Friday, 20th October 2017

09:00 – 13:00

Meeting of Governining Bodies

13:00 – 14:00

Buffet Lunch

14:00 – 16:00

Social programme 2 (open to all Members):

Creative engineering – visit to cutting edge laboratories at BME


More info will follow.

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