Today´s Computer Science and Engineering industry is characterized by rapidly occurring innovations and a continuous advancement of existing technologies. Therefore it is quite a challenge for education institutions to keep up with the high pace of technological evolvement. It is our mission to make education in Computer Science and Engineering more attractive to young people and feasible to fulltime employees. Serious problems exist within the practical learning process in the educational systems itself. For educational institutions the main problem is the availability of (often expensive) ICT based learning material for the classes, followed by the lack of functional qualified teachers, and also lack of workplaces in classes of capacious equipment. Another common problem is how to exploit new Internet technology for practical education in these fields. Therefore our consortium is undertaking research under the motto “Towards future education” to fill the gap between educational needs and reality.
We are a consortium of universities working together since 2006 to improve and enhance the current situation in education in engineering studies. The key of our research was done due international cooperation of most partners in the Network on Research and Education in Mechatronics.
Currently the following university partners are (or were) involved in our research group:
- Bochum University of Applied Sciences, Bochum, Germany
- Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia
- Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany
- Aalto Korkeakoulusäätiö operating as Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
- Riga Technical University, Latvia
- Coventry University, Coventry, United Kingdom
- Italian National Research Council, Human Interfaces in Information System Laboratory, Italy
- Luebeck University of Applied Sciences, Germany
- University of Jyväskylä, Finland
- Prof. (emeritus) Jeanne Schreurs, Belgium
- Austrian Standard Institute, Austria
In additon, we are connected with local and global partners from industry:
We are also connected to several vocational and high schools through our cooperation with Innovation Schule-Technik.Bochum.NRW (IST) in the Ruhr area in Germany and the strong connection to local schools in Estonia, via Tiger Leap Foundation, which is supported by Ministry of Education and Research of Estonian Government. We thank the Austrian Standard Institute, Austria for their help.