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BoostEuroTeQ – European project develops forward-looking programs for engineers and universities

The European joint project BoostEuroTeQ focuses on the future-oriented continuing education of engineers as well as on new structures for universities. The TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning plays a key role in the development of continuing education programs.

How do European universities of science and technology manage to qualify the workforce to successfully meet the challenges of complex global developments in technology and society? Answers to this question are at stake in the new cross-border joint project BoostEuroTeQ, to which the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning at the Technical University of Munich is making a crucial contribution.

“We are working in two areas: On the one hand, it’s about future-oriented continuing education programs for engineers throughout Europe, where the necessary skills are taught,” explains Sandra Dirnberger, project manager of BoostEuroTeQ, and adds, “On the other hand, it is planned to evaluate possible solutions for future structures at universities, which concern, for example, new forms of learning and teaching, but also, for example, a responsible use of resources. More precise content will be developed within the next three years, and ethical and sociological criteria will also play a role.”

Gathering knowledge for continuing education

In addition to the TUM experts, 30 colleagues from the partner universities in Tallinn (Estonia), Prague (Czech Republic), Paris (France), Eindhoven (Netherlands) and Lyngby (Denmark) have now come together to launch the project. It is supported by funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 funding program. “The TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning is contributing its expertise particularly in the development of continuing education programs for European engineers,” explains project manager Dirnberger. The first step here is to gather sound knowledge about the required skills and abilities in a European comparison. This will then form the basis for the innovative learning programs.

The EuroTeQ Engineering University

BoostEuroTeQ is an accompanying project of the EuroTeQ Engineering University, which is funded by the EU Commission as part of the renowned “European Universities” initiative. The goal is to create alliances that strengthen the European higher education landscape over the next few years. The EU is funding EuroTeQ with around five million euros over three years through Erasmus+ and BoostEuroTeQ with two million euros from the Horizon 2020 program. More information is available at https://euroteq.eurotech-universities.eu.

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