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The European Society for Engineering Education is the leading organisation for engineering education in Europe. Commonly known as SEFI, an acronym for its French name, Société Européenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs, it is also known in German as the Europäische Gesellschaft für Ingenieur-Ausbildung. SEFI was founded in Brussels in 1973[1][2] and has 196 institutional members in 38 countries. It promotes information exchange about current developments in the field of engineering education, between teachers, researchers and students in the various European countries. Additionally, it develops the cooperation between higher engineering education institutions and promotes cooperation with industry, acting as a link between its members and other scientific and international bodies, in collaboration with other international organisations like its European sister organisation IGIP, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Board of European Students of Technology.

The objectives of the SEFI are achieved through the activities of thematic working groups (curriculum development, continuing education and lifelong learning, physics, mathematics, women in engineering, ethics, information and communication technologies) and through the organisation of Annual Conferences.[3] The European Journal of Engineering Education published by Taylor and Francis is the official journal of SEFI.[4]

The 2009 Annual conference will be in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.


  1. ^ The founding and purposes of this organization are described, e.g., by James, D. J. G. (1985), "Foreword to Proc. Eur. Sem. on Mathematics in Engineering Education", Int. J. Math. Educ. Sci. Tech. 16 (2): 152–155  .
  2. ^ Seitzer, Dieter (1983), "The European Society for Engineering Education: SEFI", European Journal of Engineering Education 8: 109–112, doi:10.1080/03043798308903550  . Description of a speech by Seitzer, the president of SEFI, outlining its history, objectives, and activities.
  3. ^ Jones, Russel C.; Oberst, Bethany S.; Siller, Thomas J (2002), "It's Time to Re-think Engineering Education Conferences", ASEE Annual Conf  . Jones et al. describe the 2001 SEFI Conference, held in Copenhagen, and argue that it "provided a model for what engineering education conferences should be in the future."
  4. ^ Osorio, Nestor L.; Osorio, Mary A. (2004), "Engineering Education in Europe and the USA: An Analysis of Two Journals", Science & Technology Libraries 23 (1): 49–70, doi:10.1300/J122v23n01_05  . The Osorios analyze the content and authorship of two "leading journals in the field of engineering education", this one and the Journal of Engineering Education, published by the American Society for Engineering Education.

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