What is CUIEET?
CUIEET (University Conference on Innovative Education in Technical Education) was initially conceived as a forus in which innovative experiences might be interchanged and diffused, in the field of engineering education research.
Objetives and evolution
Its initial main objectives included to improve teaching in Engineering degrees, and facilitate the access and graduate incorporation to work. These objectives have evolved along years, and have adapted both the Spanish and European social context.
In this way, CUIEET has adapted to a more globalized concept of teaching: firstly, it broadened the spectrum of target Engineerings and then it gradually covered the rest of technical degrees and then, it increased the number of educational process participant agents (including teachers, students, administration and service staff, etc.).
With the implementation of the Higher Education European Area (HEEA), ambitious and complex plan which was launched in Europe for facilitating European convergence in terms of Education, CUIEET, since their 21st Edition, widened its discussion forums. It included proposals and experiences auimed to integrate Engineering degrees in the HEEA, in line to the master topics of previous CUIEET editions: teaching, innovation and research.
The changes introduced in the CUIEET where in line with the context described in the report Rethinking Education for Europe, published in 2012, which aimed to reform the EU Education Systems to satisfy the increasing demand of greater competence-based methodologies and decrease the rising unemployment. Within this frame, the CUIEET fixed as basic objective the reflection and discussion on the trial University-Society-Enterprise and its influence on future graduates. In this way, the range of participants was extended to professional schools, owing to their undeniable importance for defining and preserving the professional attributions of the graduates, and also to enterprises where the students/graduates develop practical academic works or future jobs or which interact with University via R&D projects.
Later on, the 23rd CUIEET edition, aimed to further appeal educational levels prior to the University, focusing to teaching staff from preuniversitary technical levels. In this way, CUIEET addressed the three dimensions though which a graduate pass towards his professional life: preuniversitary, universitary and professional achievement.
Simultaneously, last CUIEET editions have gradually added new thematic areas which were suitable according to the current context. These areas where in some cases developed as small seminars or “mini-conferences” in which the attendants scientific and technical skills were improved.
Some of the areas traditionally developed have been: quality in technical degrees, design and implantation of new degrees, globalization, educational innovation, university and enterprise, development and evaluation of competences/skills,…
Undoubtly, this is an ideal space to go straight for the new Education concept, since all actions involved in the competence-based approach will be taken: to know, to say, to make, to be and to want.
Esperamos que esta nueva edición le facilite la transición hacia un mundo por competencias.