We are delighted to announce our four keynote speakers:


Jian Lin

Deputy Director of the Center for Engineering Education, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China 
Professor Jian Lin is Deputy Director of the Center for Engineering Education (CEE), Tsinghua University. The mission of the CEE is serving Tsinghua and State, including participating in policy-making, the design and implementation of reform programs, and providing the suggestion and advice in engineering education, etc.
He is a Vice- Head of Expert Group for the China “national Plan for Educating and Training Outstanding Engineers (PETOE)”, a key member of Expert Group of the Ministry of Education of China for “Research and Practice for New Engineering Disciplines”, and an Expert of the Ministry of Education of China for Colleges and University Auditing and Assessment.
Professor Lin received his bachelor degree in civil engineering in 1982, master degree in system engineering and management in 1988, and PhD in management science in 1993 from Lancaster University, UK. He has been a professor since 1997 and had been the Executive Dean of Management School of Beihang University (1996-1998) and the President of Wuyi University (1998-2007).
As a nationally recognized leading expert in engineering education, Professor Lin has published over 60 academic papers in engineering education. His papers recently published have been cited over 4,000 times and then made him become the most cited author in this field in the past 10 years in China. He has also been rated by a related authority as the most innovative and influential author in higher education in China. In addition, Professor Lin had published independently four influential academic monographs in Chinese.

Facing the Future: New Engineering Disciplines Construction in China

China has the largest engineering education scale in the world. Engineering education reform and development is not only a main engine driving China’s higher education towards a great power in its quality, but also a important support to Chinese national strategies. After a brief summary the current situation of engineering education in China and an overview of PETOE (a China’s national Plan for Educating and Training Outstanding Engineers), the keynote will focus on the new engineering disciplines (NEDs) construction, the 2.0 version of PEOTOE, which plays a demonstrating and leading role in the reform and development of China’s higher education and is implemented nationwide and guided by Chinese government, including NEDs’ connotation and its construction goal, the government policies and measures to promote NEDs construction, the emphases of NEDs construction for different types of colleges and universities, and the current situation of NEDs construction, etc.


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Vice-President for Academic and Student Affairs, School of Engineering, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, France
Xavier Kestelyn was born in Dunkirk, France, in 1971. He received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Lille, Lille, France, in 2003. After ten years as a teacher of electrical engineering in high school, he was an Associate Professor for ten years and is currently a Full Professor of electrical engineering in the Laboratory of Electrical Engineering and Power Electronics, Arts et Metiers ParisTech, Lille, France. His research interests include the modeling and control of multiphase drives and new power grids with a high penetration of power electronic converters.
He is currently the Vice-President for Academic and Student Affairs, School of Engineering, Arts et Métiers ParisTech, composed of 8 campuses with 6000 students and a 400 people teaching staff.
You can download Xavier's presentaton HERE.
Responding the challenges of the Industry of the Future in a unique ecosystem?
Created to respond to the challenges of the first industrial revolution, Arts et Métiers has been able to support the evolution of needs brought about by the electrification of systems and the automation of the production lines. True Institute of Technology offering educational programmes from bachelor to doctorate, Arts and Métiers is today a talent booster for the industry of the future.
In full capacity to respond to the new needs of the territories through its 12 sites in France and strategic alliances on different continents, Arts et Métiers develops a pedagogy around the paradigm Human / Real Industrial / Digital:

- The human, at the center of the educational system, is trained in the acquisition of skills grouped into four blocks: disciplinary, personal and professional, interpersonal as well as trades of the executive or middle manager of the industry of the future. With 14 research laboratories, we put first the training through research.
- The real, materialized by 14 technological platforms on an industrial scale, is the construction space of the privileged competence where inductive and deductive pedagogies are alternately deployed. An Arts et Métiers student spends more than half of his time in contact with the industrial real, materializing all the operations of the life cycle of a manufactured product or a production system.
- The digital is systematically associated with the real to innovate (IA, VAR / VR) and with the human to increase its performance. Key partnerships with Dassault Systèmes and ESI enable the deployment of advanced digital tools.
Beyond the training of executives and middle managers able to transform the company, Arts et Métiers allows learners to access Intra / Entrepreneurship by Technological Innovation.

The purpose of this presentation is to show how Arts et Métiers is developing its training capabilities in order to respond to the challenges of the Industry of the Future in a unique ecosystem.

European Commissioner for Education and Sport

Tibor Navracsics is Hungarian. Tibor holds a degree in law and a Doctoral Degree in Political Science (1999) from Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), where he was Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences.

He has covered a number of political duties in Hungary, such as Member of Parliament and Deputy Prime Minister.

In 2014 he was appointed European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.  

President of the Hungarian High Education Accreditation Committee

Valéria Csépe is research professor at the Research Centre of Natural Sciences (RCNS) of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS), professor of cognitive psychology and neuroscience (Technical University of Budapest, University of Pannonia), and member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the Academia Europaea. Her research focuses on the behavioral and brain correlates of typical and atypical cognitive development from infancy to adulthood. The research group of Neurocognitive Development founded by her at the Brain Imaging Centre of RCNS HAS, investigates brain correlates related to the development of spoken and sign language, reading acquisition and disorders, spatial navigation, music as well as executive functions and probabilistic learning with various brain and behavior methods.

She served as deputy secretary General of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, elected for two terms (2008–2014), being the first female in such a high position there. Between 2012 and 2018 she worked for the strategic committee of the International Council of Science (ICSU) as elected member and took part in the preparatory works of the International Science Council (merger of ICSU and ISSC). She is president, appointed in 2016 and 2018, of the Hungarian High Education Accreditation Committee. As of 2017 she is principal investigator of the national curriculum redesign and implementation EU project in Hungary, member of the Education 2030 focus group as well as invited expert of he Research Precariat Scoping Group of the OECD.

She has more than 350 publications, including several highly cited papers, journal articles, monographs, edited books, book chapters and conference papers in English and Hungarian.


Humans under evolutionary pressure in time of the fourth industrial revolution

The general argument of evolutionary biologists is that humans have evolved in much the same way as all other life on Earth. Mutations in genes from one generation to the next gave rise to new adaptations. The human brain had gone through a remarkable evolution in a short amount of time, e.g. within a few tens of millions of years and resulted in getting bigger and more complex. Several researchers assume that the increasingly social nature of the humans’ environment might require greater cognitive abilities. However, tools of increasing complexity, technical and cultural inventions should have also had a great impact on the human brains’ development.

Although it is an evergreen question how our cognitive abilities change with crucial and widely distributed inventions, one of the most challenging one of the recent years is how the fourth industrial revolution may affect our abilities, skills, coping potential, and especially our brain. Therefore, the presentation will highlight and elaborate on four related topics:

  • Models of cognitive and neural adaptation (print, math and the brain networks)
  • Humans under digital pressure (facts, myths, possibilities and limitations)
  • Engineers’ impact on the environment and human evolution
  • Engineers’ mind (knowledge, creativity, brain networks)

How do we overcome the unfinished evolution in the time of fast and large-scale changes requiring unprecedented skills? How the human brain’s adaptation capacity should or may change? How our education should evolve? The presentation aims at answering these and several other questions or provoke further ones.


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