KU Leuven - in collaboration with Thomas More

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Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research. Since its founding, KU Leuven has been based in the city that shares its name. Leuven is a pleasant, safe and bustling student town, where centuries-rich history meets cutting-edge science. The university also offers degree programmes at campuses in 11 Belgian cities, including Brussels, Ghent and Antwerp.

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Postgraduate Course in Community Service Engineering

Campus Part time 8 months October 2016 Belgium Leuven

This postgraduate course bridges the worlds of technology, of the social profit and the profit sector. Above all as an engineer you solve problems for people. This programme helps you to extensively get into the social aspects of engineering problems. [+]

Postgraduate Course in Community Service Engineering Have you always been an engineer with affinity for the social sector? Are you convinced that technology has an important leverage for more independence and a better quality of life for vulnerable groups in society? Do you think you can make a significant contribution to social profit organisations as an engineer? Do you also believe that this sector can keep pace with the rapid technological and societal changes that our society is subject to thanks to innovations but also thanks to existing solutions and services on the market? This postgraduate course bridges the worlds of technology, of the social profit and the profit sector. Above all as an engineer you solve problems for ... people. This programme helps you to extensively get into the social aspects of engineering problems. Once you really understand people and their challenges, you can change lives. This course focuses on technology for social inclusion, empowerment, accessibility of public space, websites and media. It goes into the efficiency of social profit organisations and into the quality of their services. Why take this course? Engineers with the additional profile of ‘Community Service Engineering’ can play a role in: the social profit sector itself; companies in assistive technology; companies that seek market and/or product potential in the social profit sector. Based on their projects’ end results, graduate engineers can start their own business in an international niche market or perform consultancy assignments for the social profit sector. Socially aware engineers are particularly widely employable in the labour market, because they have been trained at the crossroads between different disciplines and have interacted with a range of audiences and organisations. Thanks to these contacts with partners in the field, our graduates build an extensive network within the field of Community Service Engineering. Organisation, location and timing The course is an interdisciplinary programme. The bridge is made between engineering and social work. The organising partners are the faculties of Engineering Technology and Engineering Science at KU Leuven in collaboration with Thomas More’s group of Health, Wellbeing and Teacher Training. Face-to-face activities are alternately organised on the campuses of the Faculties of Engineering Technology and Engineering Science in Geel and Leuven. The course starts in October 2014 and ends in May 2015. Classes are on Fridays and Saturdays. The curriculum is largely organised through the virtual learning environment. [-]

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