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.
Jan Engelen, KU Leuven
PS: Your application for the programme can be submitted via http://associatie.kuleuven.be/cse.