QUESTE-SI – Quality System of Science and Technology Universities for Sustainable Industry

 

About QUESTE-SI

QUESTE-SI is a project funded with support of the Lifelong Learning Programme (ERASMUS) of the European Union.
QUESTE-SI is a quality assurance system, which supports quality improvement of sustainable development education in Higher Engineering Education Institutions. Sustainable development education means the integration of dimensions that are beyond purely scientific and technical aspects. These additional dimensions include in particular economical, social and environmental elements.
QUESTE-SI is awarded to institutional units, after a process consisting of a self-assessment, an optional phase of guided self-development and an audit visit by a team of specially trained experts.
The QUESTE-SI award covers four dimensions:

 

  • Strategy
  • Education and Curriculum
  • Students’ Involvement
  • Research and Innovation
 


QUESTE-SI Awarded Institutional Units


vienna-university-of-technology Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) Austria
cyprus-university-of-technology Cyprus University of Technology Cyprus
brno-university-of-technology- Brno University of Technology
Czech Republic
  • Faculty of Architecture
  • Faculty of Business and Management
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Communication
  • Faculty of Information Technology
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
czech-technical-university-in-prague Czech Technical University in Prague (CVUT) Czech Republic
tlcom-bretagne Télécom Bretagne France
european-universityrepublic-of-macedonia European University – Republic of Macedonia (EURM) FYROM
riga-technical-university Riga Technical University (RTU) Latvia
kaunas-university-of-technology Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) Lithuania
wroclaw-university-of-technology Wroclaw University of Technology (WUT)
  • Faculty of Computer Science and Management
Poland
institutio-superior-tcnico Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)
  • Mechanical Engineering Department
Portugal
kth-royal-institute-of-technology KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
 


The QUESTE-SI Dimensions

Strategy

QUESTE-SI believes that attention should be given to the presence and realisation of strategies devoted to sustainable development at institutional and departmental level. There should be an active view of social responsibility and sustainability at the policy-making level of educational institutions. It means that a well-defined short, middle and long-term strategy for sustainability in the institution should be present.
Last but not least, identification of new skills and occupational profiles should be translated into education, training, continuing professional education, and job requirements. This is a collaborative task for leaders and planners at the school, department, and programme level, in cooperation with employers.

Education and Curriculum
A strategy for sustainable development education should recognise the comparative impact of current pedagogy and new methodologies. It should acknowledge that tomorrow’s engineers will need new “transverse” skills such as crisis communication and management, policy analysis and formulation, interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving, but above all, a broader view of problems, their causes, consequences, and solutions.
Thus, a key point when defining and evaluating learning objectives is whether they include the ability to anticipate the consequences of decisions and to act appropriately (a proactive rather than reactive approach).

Students’ involvement
The point here is active students’ involvement in the culture of social responsibility and sustainability. The institution and departments should encourage or support students’ activities that go beyond the formal curriculum. Extracurricular activities may complement efforts to foster a broader awareness and vision of needs, problems, and the potential effect of decisions and actions. Such activities may be fulfilled in national, regional, or community agencies, NGOs, and volunteer organisations. Some activities may complement the curriculum as sources of information and experience, and may extend the use of problem-led or project-based learning techniques.

Research and Innovation
In the Research and Innovation dimension there should be a strategic direction for institutional and faculty choices of topics related to sustainability. This contemplates cooperation with industry, enterprises, peer institutions, and research agencies, institutions, and organisations. QUESTE-SI evaluators look for evidence that research and development activities also serve to enrich the curriculum, teaching, and learning.

 


The QUESTE-SI award

The QUESTE-SI award is conferred by an Awarding Body on the basis of self-evaluation reports, prepared by the institutions, and a report and recommendations, developed by an audit team after an audit visit. Each of the dimensions is given a rating. This rating goes from one to four squares and is intended to reflect the level of quality reached by the institutional unit. In exceptional cases when a dimension cannot be evaluated, no square is granted. The explanation of each of these quality levels can be found below:

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ONE SQUARE
  • The institutional unit demonstrates commitment in the dimension but must increase its efforts and progress further.
TWO SQUARES
  • The institutional unit demonstrates reasonable achievements in the dimension.
THREE SQUARES
  • The institutional unit demonstrates a high quality level in the dimension.
 FOUR SQUARES
  • The institutional unit demonstrates outstanding quality in this dimension and can be considered as a model of excellence.

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Project Partners


EFMD is the project co-ordinator and as such monitors and contributes to all project activities. In particular EFMD supervises the work for the development of the meta-referential, the project management and the project dissemination.

 

For more information, please visit the project website: http://plone.queste.eu/.