How do we educate our students to deal with the increasingly complex engineering challenges that they will meet in the future? As globalization and systems complexity are increasing, so need the quality of engineering education to continuously increase, to come closer and closer to the evolving industrial needs. The Workshop on Systems Engineering Education in the Nordic Countries organised by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and by the Innovation Centre for Embedded Systems (ICES) that took place on May 15th at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, addressed such fundamental topic for the future industrial competitiveness. The forum opened with the statements of the needs and visions for Systems Engineering presented by Saab Aeronautics, Syntell AB, FMV, Tetrapak, Lawson Konsult and by Stevens Institute of Technology. It was then the turn of academic institutions to present the status of Systems Engineering Education. BTH and KTH were the two Swedish academic institution presenting the ongoing progress on systems engineering education, and highlighting the benefits of a closer academic-industrial collaboration for the future. The forum concluded with the definition of actions points on how to better prepare students for the systems engineering challenges of tomorrow.
Alessandro Bertoni, responsible of the Systems Engineering course at BTH, represented BTH, and the PDRL, at the workshop, presenting the results of the tight collaboration with Atlas Copco-Dynapac and Volvo Construction Equipment during the last three editions of the course. “We are a relative small institution” said Alessandro during his presentation “but this has allowed us to be quick and responsive in innovating our education in line with needs of the Swedish industry, reducing the gap between education and fore-front research. We have just started our journey but we are happy to drive the innovation of systems engineering education together with our industrial and academic partners.”