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FSE at University of Groningen and 4TU.CEE preferred partners

Thursday, 14 September 2023

Education Innovation central to collaboration between FSE at University of Groningen and 4TU.CEE

The Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE) at the University of Groningen has started to partner up with the Centre for Engineering Education (4TU.CEE). Starting as preferred partner, both 4TU.CEE and FSE have expressed intentions to constructively cooperate on education innovation with joined projects and events.

Part of a broader 4TU / UG initiative

The cooperation is part of this year’s initiative of the 4TU.Federation and the University of Groningen (UG) to join forces in research and teaching. In order to make better use of each other's expertise and network, the UG will become a partner of the 4TU.NIRICT (ICT) and 4TU.HTM (High-Tech Materials) centres and is, apart from 4TU.CEE, exploring cooperation with the 4TU.AMI (Applied Mathematics), and 4TU.Energy centres.

First phase: prioritizing in numerous overlapping themes

In this first phase, teaching excellence, challenge based learning (CBL) and blended learning/the IT driven engineer are selected as pillars for the collaboration between FSE – 4TU.CEE. FSE is closely aligned with the existing 4TU.CEE themes and focuses in particular on training and teaching assistants, the recognition and reward program, CBL student projects and collaborative learning.

FSE unlocks potential for Academic Careers with emphasis on teaching and learning

As a recent example, FSE participated in the beta technology sector plan project on Education Quality and Careers. A specific item here is the FSE multi-track policy with regard to tenure-track assistant professors, with a substantial focus (60%) on research or education. In the latter case, a research-driven educational perspective is applied, which may involve the development of new teaching methods. With more than 40 educational tenure-track positions, FSE initiated a great potential in educational innovation processes.

Interested? Reach out and get in touch

Within FSE, the contact person is Gerald Jonker, head of the Engineering System and Design Group (ESD), in close collaboration with the recently established Center of Learning and Teaching (CLT). When shaping the collaboration, we regard ESD and CLT as pioneers for FSE, and in a broader sense the University of Groningen. We look forward to the cooperation, suggestions and initiatives are highly appreciated. Correspondence via