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52nd NORDTEK conference

Engineering Education Symposium

Engineering Education Symposium

NORDTEK Engineering Education symposium will be organised on 13th of June.

Venue: M127 Voltaire & M128 Saussure
9.00-12.00Working group meetings (by invitation only):

• Integrating global sustainability goals in higher education:
This NORDTEK working group aims to share and discuss the good practices in the integration of SDGs in engineering education. The findings would help us to develop a joint understanding of the relevance of SDGs in the education of future engineers, and to facilitate and accelerate the integration of SDGs in the curricula of engineering degree programmes in Nordic and Baltic universities. (Leader: Elina Kähkönen

• AI in Engineering Education:
Artificial intelligence provides rapid changes in engineering education. While it creates both possibilities and threats, reacting to the changes early is important. In this group, we will discuss the opportunities of using AI in engineering education, at least in the following topics:
• Generating, modifying, and evaluating study materials
• Evaluating student performance
• Assessing and grading answers
• Instructing and assisting students
Moreover, we discuss the chances AI creates in courses' workflow and the best ways to integrate it into the current teaching and learning processes. (Leader Erkki Kaila

If you would like to join one of the working groups, please write to the leader and ask if it is possible.
12.00-13.00Lunch (for the working groups' members only)
Venue: A202 Helikon, Arken
13.00-14.30AI in Engineering Education: General discussion and sharing of good practices. Open to all - but you need to register!
14.30-15.00Coffee. Open to all - but you need to register!
15.15-16.00Students' perspectives on how to use AI in education and how to integrate global sustainability goals in engineering education. Open to all - but you need to register!
16.00-17.00Integrating global sustainability goals in higher education: General discussion and sharing of good practices. Open to all - but you need to register!
18.30Dinner (To Be Confirmed)

VISION of the 
NORDTEK Engineering Education (NEE) group

NEE shall become a point of reference, which delivers facts on STEM education (with focus on engineering education) that contributes to the development for education that foster sustainable societal development in the Nordic region.

The aims of the NEE are to become / create:

  • a platform for knowhow sharing in STEM education;
  • a network where experiences can be shared and where it is possible to learn from each other;
  • a node for supporting partner universities and external stakeholders by providing information about Nordic STEM education.

The programme details will be updated soon.


Erkki Kaila
University Lecturer
Faculty of Technology
University of Turku

NEE Strategies

  • Management of the collaboration activities
  • Sharing knowhow experience and best practice in STEM education, through:
Mapping activities

Shall gain knowledge about the situation at different universities in different countries that will become a base for development in the region, including following topics:

  • Engineering and Sustainable Development;
  • Engineering Education at lower-level schools within NORDTEK;
  • Intake, retention, and dropout rates of the engineering students;
  • Teacher support within NORDTEK;
  • Outreach and attractiveness of education within NORDTEK;
  • New teaching techniques for Engineering Education;
  • University and other unit collaboration within engineering programs;
  • Study program content for the engineering sciences.
NETWORK activities

Shall improve educational support for lecturers within the NORDTEK universities. The focus is placed on:

  • Events aimed at educational support meant for teaching personnel, PhD students, and faculty members;
  • Events for experience sharing;
  • Ideas for faculty training organization;
  • Frameworks for narrow-field lecturers.
RESEARCH activities

Shall facilitate scientific dialogue in the field of Engineering Education. Activities cover:

  • Research projects, i. e. Future engineering education 2030, Life-long learning and other;
  • Expansion of the research focus in the field of Engineering Education;
  • Establishment of the research school in Engineering Education.
MOBILITY activities

Shall promote collaboration within NORDTEK. Our objectives are:

  • Collaboration promotion by introducing a short-term course for MA and PhD students;
  • Double-degree study programs within NORDTEK;
  • Internationalisation of the MA and PhD oriented courses;
  • Student collaboration on joint research in terms of common topics for all members of NORDTEK.

Contact information

Gediminas Blevičius, VilniusTech, Chair

Jens Bennedsen, Aarhus University

Esa Räsänen, Tampere University

Fjodor Sergejev, TalTech

Magne Olav Sydnes, University of Stavanger