On March 18th and 19th, the second ASCENT Conference “Engineering the future” took place in online mode.
This conference will provide a lively and informal virtual venue where a wide variety of automotive engineering trends and challenges will be presented and discussed in an interdisciplinary and creative environment. The focus will be on current trends such as lightweight design, industry 4.0, connectivity and practices lived in different contexts that involve the role of mechanics in contributing to the development of social, economic, and environmental perspectives in the field of engineering. automotive.
The ASCENT project was born from the current development in the automotive industry in Latin America. Argentina and Mexico are two growing countries in this market, while in Brazil the industry is currently stagnant due to the limited capacity to react to new market demands. However, the three countries are the most important for the automotive industry in Latin America with a strong focus on production. Even so, these countries and the companies that work in the territory share the same need: the increase of experts in automotive engineering to increase development and production capacities. In other words, ASCENT aims to contribute to the training of highly qualified engineers in the participating Latin American countries.
In this sense, the objectives of the project seek, on the one hand, to increase the positive impact of the automotive industry due to the focus on the development of engineering on the national economy, the environment, and the social development of the study countries. In addition, it will focus on improving the quality of teaching and the employability of students through a regional network that will lead to a strengthening of the capacity for international collaboration with all collaborators.
From the Organizational Development Team of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, we have participated in this project collaborating in the detection of training needs of the sector in the three participating Latin American countries. Based on this, we proceeded to design and implement a training plan aimed at university teaching staff, the objective of which was to respond to the needs detected. Finally, we have also monitored the internal quality assurance system and the contingency plan linked to the project.
The institutions participating in this project have produced the following video that summarizes with great clarity the main characteristics of the project.
More information and registration for the second conference here.
More information about the ASCENT project on its website: https://ascent.fh-joanneum.at/