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About QUESTE-SI?

Concept and Objectives

Cooperation is a key element, a catalyst in the triangle of Universities, Industry, and Knowledge. Industry is at a key-point regarding environmental issues and sustainable development within the EU and Russia.

In Business Education, EFMD-The Management Education Network- has developed a strong quality system for improving the quality of cooperation between Business education and economy; EQUIS is a label of excellence shared by a few Business schools in Europe and the world. EFMD has a strong commitment on ethical questions: the education of leaders for companies by excellent institutions devotes significant attention to ethical issues. Researchers and professors in the field of economics have become familiar with the new referentials.

In science-technology-engineering education, there have been efforts to assure Quality –mainly at a basic level within the Bologna context. As an example, ENQHEEI has acted on the December 2000 recommendation of the European Council of Ministers of Industry (art.15) to develop tools for cooperation between S&T higher education and industry. A Quality Charter has been adopted among Universities and Stakeholders and, since 2006, the QUESTE Quality System has been implemented in a number of European S&T Universities.

In Research, some major Universities and Research institutions – e.g., the German Excellenzinitiativ  and French Pôles de Compétitivité -are working to improve the careers of their students in Research, a project that is complementary to the EUA .

2 major issues must be tackled with urgency:

  1. The need to improve in parallel the preparation of leaders trained in Business schools and in S&T universities, and in this way, to deliver the best talent to industry, innovation centers and entrepreneurship.
     
  2. The need for changes in higher education methodology and content as they pertain to sustainable industry in the EU. It will be necessary to address corporate responsibility in education at the Bachelor, Master and PhD level. To train tomorrow’s company leaders and entrepreneurs there must be effective integration of Business Education with education in science, technology, and engineering.

The project will develop along 3 axes:

  1. Share best practice between Business and S&T education
    • selectively transferring the QA system and methodology of EFMD to ENQHEEI
    • training for corporate responsibility and sustainability in industry
    • exchanges with ENQA, QA agencies in the EU, and ABET.
  2. Set up referentials in S&T higher education for sustainable industry in:
    • Resources (Human and material)
    • Energy
    • Information and Communication technology

      Development of referentials should connect to the main EU projects of EUA, OECD and the EIT

  3. Develop, Implement, and Evaluate a Quality Improvement System
    • Prepare draft of referentials for initial discussion
    • Incorporate revisions, circulate to key stakeholders
    • Finalize in Web and print formats; disseminate
    • Develop and implement online support activities

Broad Objectives

These common objectives are shared by EFMD, in its leadership role for business education, and by the QUESTE participating members, representing the leading S&T institutions, QA agencies and industrial stakeholders. We seek to:

  • Enhance the quality management culture of S&T institutions  through progressive referentials, self-evaluation and external audit methodologies
  • Initiate a parallel change of paradigm in business, and science-technology-engineering education through an awareness of corporate responsibility for sustainability in programs leading to the Master, MBA, Engineering diploma, and PhD.
  • Enrich the referentials for basic quality assessment and criteria for excellence with societal concern, ethics and sustainability
  • Enhance the confidence in Universities held by stakeholders from industry and society and thus improve careers of engineers and researchers
  • Establish a platform for dialog between Universities and stakeholders from industry and society with a focus on these aspects of sustainability:
    • Human and Material Resources
    • Energy
    • Information and Communication technology
  • Measure the impact on employment and careers for Engineering graduates
  • Establish referentials to improve the preparation of Engineering graduates and researchers for work in sustainable industry, with attention to:
    • Human and Material Resources
    • Energy
    • Information and Communication technology
  • Test the Referentials  elaborated in WP2 through a Quality process including self-evaluation , external audit and certification among 8 EU and Russian pilot-institutions
  • Launch the Quality System as a continuous interactive process  between Universities and Companies for a sustainable industry in the main fields of:
      • Human and Material Resources
      • Energy
      • Information and Communication technology

 

Disclaimer and Support

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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