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20 – 22 September 2016 | Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa Venue: Central University of Technology, Free State

Challenges of Engineering Education in the 21st Century: Creating Sustainable Solutions

This conference is to:

  • Provide a unique opportunity for researchers and graduate students to network and embrace intellectual development.
  • Provide a forum for educators, professional organizations and industry leaders to discuss common problems in engineering education.
  • Examine approaches to teaching, learning and curriculum structures that would advance engineering education in resource-constrained environments.
  • Foster exchange of information, links, and collaboration between member nations on the one hand and the rest of the world on the other hand.
  • Address issues relating to challenges in engineering education globally.
  • Workshops are to be mounted to transfer skills to the participants.
  • Assessment of engineering education
  • Sustainable curriculum design

  • Effective methods of training engineering personnel
  • Innovations in engineering education
  • ICT in engineering education
  • Education and industrial training
  • Engineering education for sustainable development
  • New paradigms in engineering education
  • Funding of engineering education
  • Project or problem based learning – (Case studies)
  • E-learning challenges and possible solutions
  • Infrastructures for engineering education
  • Scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Industry requirements of engineering education
  • Social and philosophical aspects of engineering education and its impacts on the society
  • Academia/industry interaction programs
  • Management of engineering education in tertiary institutions
  • Transfer and sharing of experience in engineering education
  • Recognition of foreign qualifications
  • Accreditation systems for engineering programmes
  • International mobility of academic staff and students
  • Technology linkage between developed and developing countries
  • Regional collaboration in engineering manpower development
  • Impact of globalization on engineering education in developing countries
  • Prof. Erik De Graff from the European Journal of Engineering Education will present his views regarding the challenges and hurdles of publishing in Engineering Education.
  • Prof. Yacob Astatke from Morgan State University will present his views on the use of educational technology to improve teaching and learning in Engineering.
  • Prof. Jian Lin from Tsinghua University, Beijing will present on a Plan for Educating and Training Outstanding Engineers in the 21st Century

Prospective authors are invited to submit full papers of between 4 000 and 5 000 words using a double column format (10 Font Size, Times New Roman, IEEE referencing standard) to the Chairman of the AEEA2016 Organizing Committee using the following email address: or

Full papers must be submitted in WORD format to facilitate the blind-review process and must have NO AUTHORS listed in the paper!

Full conference proceedings will be provided to all attendees.

  • Extended paper submission: 30 April 2016
  • Reviewer feedback: 17 June 2016
  • Early bird registration: 1 July 2016
  • Final camera ready paper submission: 15 July 2016
  • Early-bird fee (15 June 2016): $230
  • Author fee (15 June 2016): $230
  • Student fee (15 June 2016): $100
  • Normal fee (after 15 June 2016): $300

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Delegates who wish to make a direct deposit may do so:

Bank: Standard Bank

Branch: Brandwag

Branch code: 55534

Account type: Cheque

Account nr: 240453751

Swift code: SBZAZAJJ

Reference: AEEA-Surname

Click here for registration (You will be taken to an external website.)

The South African Society for Engineering Education (SASEE) is arranging the three workshops listed below in collaboration with AEEA2016. Registration for these workshops will soon open on the conference website! Assessment:

  • It is not only what you do in the classroom that is important but also how you document a student’s achievement in relation to the requirements of a course/module.
  • As an academic, you use assessment to understand students’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes as a result of their educational experiences.
  • This documenting is normally undertaken in some measurable way – and can be either formative or summative in nature.
  • This hands-on workshop focuses on the nuts-and-bolts of assessment in engineering.

Teaching with Visuals:

  • The use of images and other visualisations has become critical in the classroom to help students understand complex engineering phenomena.
  • Drawing on the latest trends and uses of visuals in higher education, this workshop will explore how to use these images and visualisations creatively as a lecturer.
  • Issues of copyright will also be explicitly discussed.
  • The opportunity will be provided for you to create your own visualisations using a variety of free online tools.

Industry and the new HEQsF-compliant engineering programmes:

  • This workshop provides academics and industry representatives with the opportunity to engage around the qualifications developed by ECSA and the CHE to meet the requirements of the new HEQsF.
  • A number of Universities of Technology have chosen 2017 as the date when they will offer these new qualifications for the first time.
  • This workshop is the ideal time for all stakeholders to understand the changes to the graduate profile that will come about as a consequence of these new qualifications.

Accommodation can be secured from the listed places for participants that desire to be accommodated within or around the University. Google: Bloemfontein Map | More about the City of Roses

Hotel NameTelephone numberAddress
Protea Hotel Willowlake+27 (0)51 412 5400101 Henry Street
City Lodge Bloemfontein+27 (0)51 444 2974Cnr. Nelson Mandela Drive and Parfitt Avenue
Urban Hotel Bloemfontein+27 (0)51 444 3142Parfitt Avenue
Southern Sun Bloemfontein+27 (0)51 444 1253Cnr. Nelson Mandela and Melville Drive
Anta Boga Hotel+27 (0)51 444 46436 Stapelberg Street, Brandwag
Protea Hotel Bloemfontein+27 (0)51 444 4321202 Nelson Mandela Drive, Brandwag

Student grants A number of grants will be made available to students that will cover the registration fee and accommodation in Bloemfontein. These grants will be awarded based on the merit of the student papers.

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