ERABEE-TN - Education and Research in Biosystems (..
ERABEE-TN - Education and Research in Biosystems (or Agricultural and Biological) Engineering in Europe; a Thematic Network
The main objectives of this Thematic Network is to initiate and contribute to the structural development and the assurance of the quality assessment of the emerging discipline of Biosystems (or equivalent Agricultural and Biological) Engineering in Europe. The need for such development was established by the USAEE Thematic Network, which was concluded with the end of its dissemination year (30.09.2006). To date, very few Biosystems (or Agricultural and Biological) Engineering programs exist in Europe and those that are initiated are at a very primitive stage of development. The innovative and novel goal of ERABEE-TN is that it seeks to promote this critical transition, which requires major restructuring in Europe, exploiting along this direction the outcomes of USAEE-TN. It also aims at enhancing the compatibility among the new programmes of Biosystems (or Agricultural and Biological) Engineering, aid their recognition and accreditation at the European and International level and facilitate greater mobility of skilled personnel, researchers and students. One attractive outcome will be, to attract highly qualified students from third countries to this novel or undergoing major restructuring area of studies. The outputs of the USAEE-TN provided evidence and identified new areas of the emerging Biosystems (or Agricultural and Biological) Engineering University studies in which coordinated work at European level is urgently needed. Based on these outputs and aimed at the exploitation of the corresponding achievements made by USAEE-TN within the limits of the area of studies in Agricultural Engineering, ERABEE-TN will contribute towards the crucial transition and development of the European dimension in higher education in the broader area of Biosystems (or Agricultural and Biological) Engineering through: Promoting the linkage between Education and Research at all three cycles of studies with emphasis placed on the structure of the 3rd cycle studies in Biosystems (or Agricultural and Biological) Engineering; Enhancing Attractiveness of European programs of studies, in Biosystems Engineering and implementing TUNING; Supporting quality assessment and assurance schemes of European programs of studies, Accreditation of European programs of studies in Biosystems (or Agricultural and Biological) Engineering; Developing Sustainability practices within the Biosystems (or Agricultural and Biological) Engineering area. These objectives are achieved by means of cooperation between Universities as well as synergies and links with other related thematic networks, academic/professional bodies, and private sector, stakeholders and decision makers.
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