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Thomas More and KU Leuven are organising together a course “Community Service Engineering” that focuses on the societal role of technology.

We would like to introduce it to you:
This programme is a collaboration between Thomas More and KU Leuven. It starts for the first time in October 2013 and will run until April 2014 (30 ECTS credits).

Graduated masters of Engineering Science (Architects), Technology, BioScience and Business Engineers have fathomed the technique. “Classical” engineering curricula focus indeed on mastering a comprehensive scientific basis with topics such as mathematics, chemistry, physics, electricity, mechanics and electronics. But an engineer solves problems for … people and sometimes these (end) users get (too) little attention.

Confrontation and empathising with, adopting an appreciative approach towards, knowing about and working for end users and organisations in the social profit sector are key. Once opportunities for technology have been discovered, the challenge is to develop them, to (help) implement and sustain them in order to change and improve the lives of people and organisations. That is easier said than done and multidisciplinary is an important asset.

The engineer and the social profit sector have seldomly come together. That is what this programme wants to change.

We believe in ‘learning by developing’. Therefore we combine course contents and project work. In the projects, students work on ‘real life’ challenges of target groups of and organisations in the social profit sector. Our programme allows combining work and study.

We are convinced that engineers with the additional certificate of “Community Service Engineering” are particularly widely employable in the labour market because they have been trained at the crossroads of additional disciplines and have interacted with a variety of audiences and organisations.

The training is conducted in English with focus on international perspectives. Support from the European ERASMUS programme has recently been obtained.
– Are you an engineer and are you interested? Please let us know.
– Do you have a project idea that could fit within the programme? Please submit your project proposal to us.
– Do you know engineers who might be interested? Please tell them about this course.
– Are you a Human Resources Manager, concerned with honing the talents of engineers? Please refer them to us.
– Do you know an engineering association? Please ask them to inform their members.

Thank you!

Jan Engelen, KU Leuven

Any further questions? Please ask them via cse@thomasmore.be or directly to me: jan.engelen@esat.kuleuven.be.

PS: Your application for the programme can be submitted via http://associatie.kuleuven.be/cse.

Yes, I can! ICT and ICT-AT skills development for all: Final SYMPOSIUM of the ViPi & ATLEC projects

With the support of:

The Lifelong Learning Programme: education and training opportunities for all Vlaams - Europees verbindingsagentschap vzw Knowledge Centre Social Europe

Date: 4 December 2013
Venue: VLEVA (Vlaams-Europees verbindingsagentschap vzw), Kortenberglaan 71, 1000 Brussels, Belgium (Google maps) – Closest metro station: Schuman
Participants: 100-120
Duration: 9:00 hours – 18:00 hours
Event language: English
Target audience: People with disabilities, teachers, trainers, tutors, carers, policy makers, academics, ICT and AT experts and their organisations.

Program

8:30h-9:00h: Registration and welcome

  • Welcome – Jan Buysse (General Director, vleva)
  • Opening – Karel Van Isacker (CEO, PhoenixKM)

Sessions 1 & 2

  • SESSION 1 (9.00-10.00)
    The right for training in the use of ICT/AT for people with disabilities
    Chair: Jean-Marie Vanhove, Inclusief Consulting, Belgium
    9.00 – 9.20: Training in international and European context (UN Convention – European Policies): TBC
    9.20 – 9.40: Training in Flemish context: Helga Stevens: member of Flemish Parliament
    9.40 – 10.00: Discussion – questions
  • SESSION 2 (10.00 – 11.00)
    Need for training in the use of ICT AT: Point of view of the users
    Chair: Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf, AIAS Bologna, Italy
    10.00 – 10.20: The need for qualified training in the use of ICT/AT for people with disabilities: Wim Moeyaert (Werkgroep Vorming & Aktie)
    10.20 – 10.40: Witness accounts of pilot participants: Steve Boussemaere, Andy Vermeulen, Peter Anckaert
    10.40- 11.00: Discussion and questions

Break + exhibition (11.00 – 11.30)

Session 3

  • SESSION 3: (11.30- 12.45)
    Training on ICT and ICT AT in service provision and the labour market
    Chair: Jacqui Lewis, Greenhat Interactive, UK
    11.30 – 11.50: The need for training in the use of ICT/AT and experiences in vocational training: VDAB
    11.50 – 12.10: Need for training in the use of ICT/AT and experiences in the labour market: VDAB
    12.10 – 12.30: Need for training in the use of ICT AT and experiences in care: Luk Zelderloo (Secretary General EASPD)
    12.30 – 12.45: Discussion and questions

Lunch (12.45 – 13.45)

Session 4

  • SESSION 4 (13.45 – 15.30)
    The VIPI, ATLEC, SGSCC and eMentoring projects – outcomes
    Chair: Karel Van Isacker, project coordinator, PhoenixKM, Belgium
    VIPI and eMentoring: Presentation curriculum: by Prof. David Brown (NTU) and Karel Van Isacker (PhoenixKM)
    ATLEC: Presentation curriculum: by Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf (AIAS)
    SGSCC: Presentation curriculum: by Mariya Goranova (PhoenixKM)
    ViPi and ATLEC platform and mobile applications: Panagiotis Tsoris (Steficon) & Maria Saridaki (University of Athens)
    Current practices ICT Skills at European level: by Jacqui Lewis (GHI)

Break and exhibition (15.30 – 16.00)

Wrap up session (16.00 – 17.00)

  • Moderator: Jean-Marie Vanhove, Inclusief consulting, Belgium
    Topics: What did we learn from the former presentations and what can we do about it?
    Panel with representatives of ViPi, ATLEC, SGSCC, AAATE (Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf), EASPD (Luc Zelderloo), Jos Sterckx (Knowledge Center Social Europe), Wim Moeyaert (WVA)

Demo sessions and closure (walking dinner) (17:15-18:00)

  • Curriculums of different projects
  • ViPi and ATLEC learning objects and integrated platform
  • Training platforms
  • Mobile and desktop games
  • Mobile applications
  • Posters of other projects/experiences

Registration is still possible via http://tinyurl.com/ViPi-ATLEC.

Note that participation is only confirmed after receiving a formal confirmation email from us.

This event is organised with the support of the Liaison agency Flanders-Europe (vleva) and Knowledge Center Social Europe.

The projects ViPi and ATLEC have been partially funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

The General Assembly of the United Nations will meet on the 23rd of September in New York to discuss how Disability should be mainstreamed in the post 2015 Development Agenda.

AAATE, RESNA, ARATA, RESJA and AITADIS have taken the initiative to support this process by writing a message to the UN Secretary General and the General Assembly.

In the message they commit to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, support the recommendations on Accessibility and Universal Design and highlight the role of enabling technologies in the empowerment of persons with disabilities in order to contribute to the development of their communities. See below.

You can endorse this initiative and add your name and organisation to the list that will be attached to the message.

Download the letter.
Endorse the letter.
List of all endorsing organisation.