UCD School of Civil Engineering joins EUCEET


UCD’s School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering recently joined a number of other leading European universities in becoming a member of the EUCEET Association.  The association promotes best practice in civil engineering education and training among its members, of which there are 50, representing 21 countries.  UCD is the only Irish university in the Association.  Other members include Imperial College London, Catholic University Leuven, Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, Technical University of Munich, and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris.  Engineers Ireland is also a member.

Head of School, Dr. Mark Richardson, said the decision to join the EUCEET Association was easy to make.  “The dialogue among our academic colleagues throughout Europe that the EUCEET Association facilitates is extremely important as a means to keep abreast of what top-tier universities are doing in regards to teaching and learning in the civil engineering discipline.  Our membership in the Association is an integral part of our efforts to continuously improve what and how we teach.”

Prof. Eugene O’Brien, Head of Subject, was quick to add that UCD contributes to, as well as learns from, the EUCEET Association.  “The EUCEET Association is an outgrowth of the European Civil Engineering Education and Training thematic network that was formerly funded by the EU’s Directorate General for Education and Culture.  We were members of that thematic network from its beginning in the late 1990’s and our staff have contributed to the accomplishments of several working groups on topics such as assessment strategies, curricula content and other pedagogical issues.”

The 4th EUCEET Association General Assembly will meet in Patras, Greece on 24-25 November 2011.