Education

The members of the undergraduate education group are the universities’
respective Head of Programme in the V or S educations. The group works with
digitization in the education of engineers in the field of Civil Engineering.
Currently, the group runs the project ‘Working model for digitization issues in
the education of engineers in Civil Engineering
‘ 
(In Swedish). Digital elements in engineering education already exist today, but there is a lack of a complete approach that facilitates engineers in civil engineering’s understanding of the opportunities that digitalization can bring in cohesive processes. The project is carried out within the framework of the Swedish Universities of the Built Environment (SBU), which brings together the undergraduate education programmes in Civil Engineering at Chalmers, KTH, LTH and LTU. SBU has a well-established collaboration with representatives of the public construction sector and is therefore an effective forum for managing projects that are important to the sector.

The group’s work during the period 2009-2010 had the following purpose and goals:

  • It should be possible to study for at least one civil engineering orientation or an MSc program within a research subject in all six theme areas in at least one of the four universities.
  • MSc programs and graduate education are to be given with sufficient scope to fill the national needs, and they must be internationally competitive.
  • The respective theme group and basic education group should also work for the design of relevant and comprehensive teaching materials of good quality which are made available to all the seats of learning that take part in the collaboration.
  • Companies, authorities and research financiers in the built environment sector are expected to contribute to a national dialogue about development and profiling by creating forms for orderly collaboration with Swedish Universities of the Built Environment.
  • It is proposed that the university administrations concerned make a routine of consulting Swedish Universities of the Built Environment before all large changes in organization and fund distribution that apply to their own university’s research or education in the built environment sector.
 
The work pointed to the following issues as important:
 
  • The education’s future (Academia | Industry’s role | Implementing the education | Attracting more students)
  • Further education – an opportunity for industry and academia
  • Accreditation
  • Information transfer
  • Collaboration within theme groups (Joint use of resources within a theme | Improvement of pedagogy and quality)
  • Factors that hinder coordination (Boundary conditions differing between universities| Requirements of economy and efficiency | Change toward project-oriented education | Coordination calls for large resources | Routines of study administration that hinder coordination)
The image is the description of different study paths within engineering education. Different universities have chosen to prioritize the paths differently, but the main tracks are for BSc and MSc in civil engineering.
 

Members in the group