Ge4 2014 Annual Conference – Global Education: Exchanges for Engineers and Entrepreneurs

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Global Education: Exchanges for Engineers and Entrepreneurs (Ge4) is one of our newest IFEES members. Ge4 is an international non-profit network of universities established in 1996, whose purpose is to connect academic engineering and management institutions worldwide.

This year, the Ge4 annual conference was held at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC Rio), one of the most prestigious universities in Brazil and in Latin America. Hosts Prof. Luiz Carlos Scavarda do Carmo welcomed participants from Europe, Asia, Latin America and the US. In his presentation, Prof. Scavarda pointed out the huge importance of the Ge4 and its concept of connecting engineering, engineers with entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurs. Dr. Gertrud Humily, the president of the Ge4 International Advisory Board, used the opportunity to introduce the international advisory board and its future role within the network as well as to provide a short overview of the Ge4 history. Dr. Mitar Pitzek reported on the structural changes within the network, providing an insight into the activities and efforts performed during 2013 and 2014. The participants were informed about milestones in the development of the network, which shall be continuously improved by strengthening the network activities and structure, administration and including new members from all continents.

In various sessions, the member institutions had the opportunity to present themselves, their international efforts, difficulties, challenges and projects. Many of them have made huge efforts in extending their academic offerings in English, either in form of regular courses or summer schools. Many interesting aspects of internationalization from Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Argentina and Japan were presented.
Hans J Hoyer introduced the IFEES activities and welcomed Ge4 as a new IFEES member. He invited the participants to the WEEF 2014 Dubai in December.

One of the main goals of the Ge4 is to connect engineers and entrepreneurs all over the world. Connecting start-up businesses with the students from the Ge4 partner institutions searching for placements is one of the main wishes of Ge4 members. Students will be able to apply for internship vacancies at selected start-up companies at universities on the Ge4 website 2015 we go Vigo (Universidad de Vigo)!
The 2015 Ge4 annual conference will be hosted by the University of Vigo, Spain. One of the main topics in Vigo shall be the interaction between engineering education and start up projects and the Ge4 role in it.

For more information, please contact: Dr. Mitar Pitzek – Ge4 Executive Director, mp@ge4.org