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Abstract

This report of the Europe Union funded project, Industrial Engineering Standards in Europe (IESE) outlines the process steps, methodologies and outcomes of the project. The project is a collaboration between a number of universities and private organizations that offer industrial engineering and continuing education programmes in six European countries: Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands and Sweden.

The aims and objectives of this project are, firstly, to use the European Framework of Qualifications (EFQ) as a benchmark standard, against which the Industrial Engineering Educational Programme (IEEP) for each participating country can be compared; and secondly using the results of this analysis an industrial survey will be carried out to determine the gap between programmes being delivered and industrial needs.

Originally it was proposed to use the International Labour Office (ILO) Standard for Industrial Engineering Educational Model as the model for Industrial Engineering Education.

The individual education programmes of the partner countries was mapped against the EFQ
Analysis of the individual educational programmes has shown that the scope of the programmes needs to be expanded to include additional subject categories and skill sets. This led to the development of a new model for Industrial Engineering Education which we named the IESE Model

Using this model as a basis a pilot survey was carried out in Ireland, Netherlands and Iceland to determine if a gap existed between the Industrial Engineering educational offerings in these countries and the needs of industry and enterprise organisations.

Evaluation and analysis of the survey results have shown that a significant gap exists between the current educational offerings and the requirements of business. The current Industrial Engineering education programmes are focused on specialisations whereas the business requirement currently looks for a more rounded engineer with additional skill sets.

The outcomes of this project have an impact on the curricula content of IE educational programmes in the future. These curricula need to be adjusted to reflect the current needs of business. This also creates a market for IE educational providers to develop a portfolio of post graduate courses which be suitable for Continuous Professional Development (CDP) options. The provision of both the above will have the effect of bringing the worlds of work and academia closer together.

This project has provided a pilot survey in three of the partner countries which gives us a first insight into the current trends in the Industrial Engineering field. The research from this project will serve as a basis for future studies. A further larger survey needs to be carried out to confirm the findings of the pilot and to gather further information on the importance and content of the additional subjects.

While this project is limited in its scope it provides a “road map” for a way forward for the harmonisation of Industrial Engineering Education across the European Union.

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