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Pages: 705-713
Publication year: 2012
ISBN: 978-84-695-3491-5
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 4th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 2-4 July, 2012
Location: Barcelona, Spain

ENGINEERING EDUCATION AND SUSTAINABILITY. SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY EXCELLENCE PROGRAM (STEP-VILANOVA)

A. Hernandez, J. Segalàs

UPC BarcelonaTECH (SPAIN)
Embedding Sustainability in technological curricula has become a crucial factor for educating engineers with competences in sustainability. The Sustainable Technology Excellence Program STEP2015 has been designed in order to assure a successful Sustainability Embedding. This Program takes advantage of the opportunity that the redesign of all Bachelor and Master Degrees in Spain by 2010 under the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) framework offered.
The STEP program goals are:

- To design compulsory courses in each degree;
- To develop the conceptual base and identify reference models in sustainability for all specialities;
- Create an internal interdisciplinary network of faculty from all the schools;
- To initiate new transdisciplinary research activities in technology-sustainability-education;
- To spread the know-how attained,
- To achieve international scientific excellence in technology-sustainability-education
- To graduate the first engineers/architects of the new EHEA bachelors with sustainability as a generic competence.

The program has been structured in 4 phases:

1. To analyse General Competences within UPC, and benchmark with other technological universities in order to develop a feasible and effective program.

2. To carry out a pilot implementation of the STEP program in 5 schools.
- Engineering School of Terrassa (mainly Bachelor degrees)
- Architecture School of Vallés (Master degrees)
- Barcelona School of Informatics (Master degrees)
- Engineering School of Barcelona (Master degrees)
- Building Engineering School of Barcelona (mainly Bachelor degrees)

3. To spread the implementation to 10 Schools of UPC taking advantage of the lessons learnt in the pilot experiences. The goal here is to spread out all the know-how attained in the process to all schools in order to ensure that all UPC graduates acquire the competence in sustainability and social commitment. The new schools that participate in this phase are:
- Engineering School of Vilanova i la Geltrú.
- Engineering School of Terrassa II.
- Architecture School of Barcelona.
- Nautical Engineering School of Barcelona.
- Engineering School of Manresa.

4. To apply the program to all UPC schools and departments.

In this context, the goal of this document is to present the different actions carried out in the Engineering School of Vilanova i la Geltrú, the lessons learnt and the outcomes of the application of the program.
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A. Hernandez, J. Segalàs (2012) ENGINEERING EDUCATION AND SUSTAINABILITY. SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY EXCELLENCE PROGRAM (STEP-VILANOVA), EDULEARN12 Proceedings, pp. 705-713.
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