KU Leuven, in collaboration with Thomas More, has started a multi-campus, post graduate, international degree that offers engineers a thorough understanding of the social sector.
We will give engineers insights in human-centred design, focusing on end users in this area. We will offer them profound knowledge of assistive technology and practical experience in real settings. Graduates will have more communicative skills to interact with people working in community service. They will be put in a collaborative place to learn in an international environment.
We feel that young people today are passionate about an inclusive and sustainable future and that the profile of this “community service engineer”, as we call it, will attract many of them.
The course will also offer seasoned engineers the possibility to shift careers towards a sector that will most certainly benefit from their engineering skills. The condition of course is that they have a sound understanding of what the social sector is about.
We are building on our experience with the Belgian CERA award project, which has already offered engineering students specialised work placements in Belgian social organisations for many years. In our courses we want to give students the proper background to better understand the social sector and support them in providing the best possible technical solutions from an end-user point of view.
In short, we are convinced that technology, if used in the proper way, will create a more inclusive society. This video shows that we’re not alone in this conviction.
The post graduate course is organized for the first time in the academic year 2014-2015.
More information: associatie.kuleuven.be/gezamenlijke-opleidingen/cse/folder_contents