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The University of Southampton

Research project: SASICE - Safety and Sustainability in Civil Engineering

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The performance of the built environment and of the construction sector are of major importance in European long term goal of sustainable development and reduction of its contribution to climate change. At the same time, the quality of life of all European citizens needs to be improved and the safety of the built environment with respect to man-made and natural hazards such as flooding and earthquakes needs to be ensured. Education has a central role to play in the transformation of a construction sector required to meet increasing demands with regard to safety and sustainability.

The aim of this project is to promote the integration of safety and sustainability in civil engineering education by the following five-step strategy: 1) An analysis of the needs in close consultation with all stakeholders 2) Development of teaching moduli on safety and sustainability in civil engineering. 3) Integration of the teaching moduli in existing and new joint university curricula. 4) A pilot project, with an international exchange of professors between Universities. 5) Development of innovative ICT-based content and services. The project will have a wide impact through an extensive dissemination of the results among stakeholders throughout Europe by informing professional organizations, European umbrella organizations and organizations dealing with education such as the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI). The development of flexible teaching moduli supported by powerful ICT services will allow exploiting the results in a wide spectrum of educational settings within higher education institutions. The project will also stimulate legislative or technical changes required to facilitate the development of joint programmes. An open community will be created, discussing learning needs in safety and sustainability in an European context, with opportunities for further exploitation.



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Infrastructure Group
Transportation Group
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