Between 25 – 27 September 2017 the Royal Academy of Engineering hosted the Annual Visiting Professors Conference in Aston University, Birmingham. This marked the second year that the Royal Academy of Engineering has convened awardees from its international programmes, Industry Academia Partnership Programme (IAPP) and Higher Education Partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa Programme (HEP SSA) alongside the UK awardees from the  Visiting Professors Scheme

This year the theme of the conference was 'What is excellent teaching in engineering?' looking at new teaching methods, technologies and institutions to put engineering at the heart of society, and help address the skills gap and skills shortage experienced globally in engineering.  

See below for reports on the conference themes and activites.

2017 Visiting Professors Conference - my perspective (454.92 KB)

Overview of the 2017 Visiting Professors Conference (718.23 KB)


Visiting Professors Conference 2017: International Element Presentations

The following are the speakers' presentations from the international element of the conference:

To access the presentations from the Main Conference, please click here


Professor John Perkins CBE FREng, Review of Engineering Skills (2.39 MB)

Session 1: Improving employability through engineering education

Professor Mona-Lisa Dahm and Giajenthiran Velmurugan, Aalborg University, Industry-Academia Collaboration: is Problem-Based Learning the answer? (1.80 MB)

Professor Bao Hong, Beijing Union University, New Engineering Education in and Artificial Intelligence Era (3.25 MB)

Session 2: Promoting methods of engineering education

Dr Anh Tran and Dr Lizzie Miles, Coventry University/ UNESCO, Multination Education & Research Programmes: The UNESCO UNITWIN in Humanitarian Engineering (2.38 MB)

Dr David Miranda, Industrial University of Santander, JiTT approach to engineering education in Colombia (1.56 MB)

Professor Andrew Rae, University of Highlands and Islands, Engineering education in a distributed university (2.86 MB)

Professor Susheel Mittal, Thapar University, Mini-MOOCs, blended learning and its effect (3.05 MB)

Session 3: Entrepreneurship and innovation in engineering education

Dr Alastair Moore, UCL, The university's role in an innovation ecosystem (1.74 MB)

Dr Sigit P Santosa, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Research Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development to Support Sustainable Transportation Technology in Indonesia (3.41 MB)

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