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Introductory remark on CESAER task force and projects

CESAER Task Forces are being designed to provide members with opportunities to learn, to be more involved and to contribute to the knowledge and best practices in their areas of special interest. Next to this their focus is also partly defined by CESAER’s partnership with the European Commission and our commitments to contribute to the realisation of the European Research Area (ERA). More generally, the Task Forces aim to provide input and take positions regarding the developments of education, research and innovation policies and programmes at European level.


19/04/2017TF Scientific Engineering Education (TFSEE)

The TFSEE will realise 3 objectives: 

  • Reflect on national conditions as well as universities profiles and act as a pool of experts to proactively influence European policies in higher education in general. 
  • Learn from each other through analysing the different university engineering education approaches within European universities of science and technology.
  • Define core elements of future engineering education and reflecting about the dynamic aspects making engineering education programmes open for integrating new findings from research and to adapt to skills needed in engineering practice. 
11/04/2017TF International Cooperation (TFIC)

The scope of the Task Force International Cooperation (TFIC) covers international cooperation within the European Research Area (ERA) and EHEA on the one side and between the ERA and the EHEA and third countries on the other. The scope of the TFIC also extends to competition and cooperation with institutions in industrialised countries and cooperation and collaboration with BRICS and developing countries.

11/03/2017TF Human Resources ( TFHR )
The aim is to identify, highlight and disseminate best practice throughout the CESAER network for the benefit of all member universities.
23/02/2017TF Benchmarking (TFB)

TFB monitors the performance of the European universities of science and technology united within CESAER in the years to come.

16/01/2017TF Innovation (TFI)

Based on the work of the former Task Force Entrepreneurship (TFE), the Task Force
Innovation (TFI) focuses its activity on the three levels impacting innovation activities, i.e.
European, national/regional and institutional.

08/12/2016TF EU Funding Instruments (TFEUFI)

The funding instruments of the European Union (EU) are of utmost importance to the European universities of science and technology. Of course the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (currently Horizon 2020) and the EU Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport (currently Erasmus+) are at the heart of this interest. However, also other programmes – such as the EU European Structural and Investment Funds (EFSI) – are important as they also provide funding for research, innovation and higher education and as the EU funding instruments are generally designed in a complementary way and sometimes even allow for synergies amongst each other. The ones running from 2014 to 2020 will be evaluated mid-term from fall 2016 to spring 2017 feeding into the design and decision making of the new ones from 2021 to 2027.

08/10/2016TF Responsible Research and Innovation (TFRRI)
The Task Force Responsible Research and Innovation is chaired by Prof. Jeroen van den Hoven, TU Delft. The overall goal of the taskforce is to deepen our understanding of responsible innovation and contribute to inserting this idea in key places in society (universities, government bodies, industry, and funding agencies).
30/05/2016TF Open Science (TFOS)
The work of this Task Force is done in the context of the Unilateral Statement that CESAER and partners have signed with the European Commission to contribute in developing the European Research Area.
05/05/2016Technology Transfer (integrated in TFI)

CESAER's Task Force on Technology Transfer looks at the services and working methods of universities of science and technology, building bridges between science and industry in order to transfer knowledge and technologies to society and the marketplace. Universities' Tech Transfer Offices or valorisation centres deal with valorisation, knowledge exchange, intellectual property rights, creating spin-off companies, etc. 

11/11/2015Open Education (discontinued)

Open Education has been a common issue in higher education since decades, but it wasn’t since ICT raised when it has become a hot topic on the university arena. Technology is becoming a facilitator to widen access to higher education. The irruption of Massive Open Online Courses, known as MOOCs, has made a change on how people can access  high quality content. How can this be linked with traditional teaching? How can we improve the students residential experience by means of open education? Is open education a way to reduce the cost of the system? How can you make open education sustainable in a context of resources scarcity? Are our expectations on open education too high?

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