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International conference on engineering education "Innovation in engineering schools: Change for competitiveness and sustainability" (Innovacion en las facultades de ingenieria: el cambio para la sostenibilidad global) has been held in Cartagena de Indias, Columbia, on October 4th-7th, 2016.
It is an annual conference organized by the Colombian Association of Faculties of Engineering (ACOFI) for the representatives of academic societies and industry not only from Columbia, but from other countries of Latin America, as well as the USA and European countries. This year Russian Federation has participated in this event for the first time, represented by the Association for Engineering Education of Russia.
Association for Engineering Education of Russia has been represented by Kseniya Tolkacheva , AEER International Projects Manager. In the framework of the Conference AEER has held a workshop “Quality and Accreditation of Engineering Educational Programs”. Besides the presentation of the AEER best practices in conducting international professional accreditation with EUR-ACE label awarding, the participants of the workshop had an opportunity to work in teams and analyze the current state of the quality assurance system for educational programs in Latin America.
AEER and ACOFI have signed a Letter of Intent aiming to continue their collaboration and prepare an Agreement for Cooperation in the following areas: EUR-ACE international accreditation; training experts in the field of professional accreditation of engineering education programs; publishing articles in the Engineering Education journal; contributing to the development of academic mobility for students and faculty of Russian and Colombian HEIs.Video of the AEER contribution to the Conference is available via the link.