The Faculty of Engineering at AUTH participates in various educational programs and networks with other Polytechnic Schools in Europe.
Τ.Ι.Μ.Ε. Network (www.time-association.org)
The Faculty of Engineering has been a member of the ΤΙΜΕ (Top Industrial Managers for Europe) Network, since 2004. TΙΜΕ was established in 1989, and gives students the opportunity to obtain two diplomas from two different universities. TIME aims to train high-level executives, by offering them a high-quality, scientific, technical and cultural experience in two European countries, and the opportunity to acquire technical expertise in a country other than their country of origin. The main innovation of this program is the possibility it offers to obtain two engineering diplomas after studying for a total of 6 years. Some of the most acclaimed European Polytechnic Schools belong to this network. Our participation in the network is considered particularly significant, due to the prospects it creates for cooperation on educational and research subjects, with renowned Polytechnic Schools. Three students from the Schools of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering respectively, have already studied at École Centrale Paris for 2 years, one of the best ‘Grandes Ecoles’ (Polytechnics) in France. One more student from the School of Mechanical Engineering is presently at that School and another student from the School of Chemical Engineering is expected to follow next year. When all these students from the Faculty of Engineering obtain their diplomas from their respective Schools, they will automatically also receive an engineer’s diploma from École Centrale Paris. The students’ expenses for the first year are covered by the ERASMUS programme. At present, the expenses for the second year are handled by the French Embassy in Greece.Since July 2011, the Faculty of Engineering has initiated a co-operation with the Faculty of Engineering of Milan (Politecnico di Milano).
ATHENS Network (http://www.athensprogramme.com/main).
The ATHENS (Advanced Technology Higher Education Network) network was established in 1996. The Faculty of Engineering only recently became an official member, on 14 December 2007. Within the framework of the network, students at the Faculty of Engineering have the opportunity to attend a week’s course of intensive teaching (30 hours of lessons + 10 to 15 hours of European Dimension Activities) at one of the universities belonging to the network. Courses take place twice a year, in March and November. There are no fees, but participants have to cover their own travel, accommodation and European Dimension Activity expenses. Students from the Faculty of Engineering are able to participate starting with the week of November 2008. At the same time, any teachers at the Faculty of Engineering who may be interested, can organize relevant lessons for the students of other universities who belong to the network.
The scientific society SEFI
Scientific Society of SEFI (www.sefi.be)
The Faculty of Engineering has been a member of the scientific society SEFI (Société Européenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs) since 2005. SEFI was established in 1973 as a non-profit organization and is today the largest network of higher engineering institutions in Europe. The Faculty of Engineering also has a seat on the board of SEFI. The network enjoys international prestige and presents remarkable activity in the fields of education and research, with an emphasis on the training of engineers, which is also the topic of an annual conference organized by SEFI. The society also publishes the scientific journal with the title ‘European Journal of Engineering Education’.
The RMEI network
Network RMEI (www.rmei.info)
The Faculty of Engineering has been a member of the RMEI (Réseau Méditerranéen des Écoles d’ Ingénieurs) network since 2006. RMEI was founded in 1997, and aims to contribute to the social and economic upgrading of the Mediterranean basin and to promote peace and sustainable development. It is an effort that is expected to offer benefits in due course, mainly as regards the Faculty’s presence and access to other countries of the Mediterranean.