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Contributing to the development and the enrichment of the European dimension in Engineering Education (EE) constitutes the global goal of TREE. In other words to enhance the compatibility of the many diverse routes to the status of Professional Engineer which exist in Europe and, hence, to facilitate greater mobility of skilled personnel and integration of the various situations throughout Europe. It must be emphasised that, according to the spirit of the Bologna Declaration, enhanced compatibility does not imply uniformity, and is certainly not intended to lead to a reduction of standards to the best common level that can be found. This was also the goal of the two TNPs (acronym for Thematic Network Project) dedicated in the recent past to EE in general: H3E (supported under Socrates I) and E4 (supported under Socrates II). The activities of these TNPs constitute the "roots" of TREE. It is then natural to assess first the contribution of these previous experiences to the global goal, giving for granted that, because of the continuous evolution of higher education in Europe, it would be naïve to consider such a goal as already reached.
It is believed that a new TNP in EE in order to be successful must blend study activities, forum organisation and pioneering exercises, keeping as a main target the production of all sort of TOOLS for enhancing the European dimension. In fact, as important as reports/studies on the various key topics mentioned above, as developed during E4, may be, it is widely believed that an activity focused more on well identifiable projects/initiatives would be welcomed. The activity of TREE will be developed along four main lines:
The Thematic Network TREE was financed by the European Commission in the frame of the SOCRATES/Erasmus programme in the period 2004-2007. In addition, a specific dissemination year for the TN TREE was financed under the accompanying measures of LLP Erasmus in the year 2007-2008.
Starting from the success and the results of TREE, a new Academic Network called EUGENE (EUropean and Global Engineering Education) was launched in 2008 and financed by the DG Education and Culture of the European Commission for the period 2009-2012.
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