Afera educational curriculum programme
The Technical Committee has formed a focus group on infusing adhesive tapes and the raw materials of tapes into the curricula of European mechanical engineering and product design higher education programmes. This involves building an integrated programme aimed at putting adhesive tapes on the radar screens of teachers and professors at specific applied and academic universities to raise awareness of these technologies as solutions for mechanical engineering and product design students. As systems and institutions vary across Europe, this programme must be rolled out on an individual country basis.
Focus will begin primarily on the design, building and construction, and automotive industries, and secondarily on the medical and electronics industries in which tapes are already more widely used. In close involvement with the Marketing Committee, the TC is considering a number of actions, including launching a new educational event, a “tape tech day” at an institution, and/or creating a brochure on tape technology for students. TC members are currently in touch with several institutions. Contact TC Chairman Evert Smit for more information or to participate in this initiative.
Pilot project in the U.K.
Afera will launch our educational development programme with a pilot project in the U.K. Because universities write their own curricula, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has recommended that Afera work with Pearson, the largest technical and professional education awarding body in the U.K., specifically on apprenticeship qualifications. Pearson owns the NVQ and BTEC (including HNC and HND) brands. Bryony Leonard, responsible for the engineering, manufacturing and automotive sectors within Pearson, is advising Mr. Smit and Afera Marketing Chairman Mike Punter on the ways that our two organisations could work together.
A working group consisting of Uwe Maurieschat (Fraunhofer Institute IFAM), Jeff Burrington (HB Fuller U.K.), Michael Raidt (Neenah Gessner GmbH) and Danny Beekman (Arizona Chemical) has identified the BTEC unit in level-3 degree courses of national education in engineering where 2-4 hours of instruction on adhesive tape content could be added: Unit 46, Manufacturing Joining, Finishing and Assembly Processes (60 hours). Referring to sample curricula provided by Pearson, they are currently preparing usable content on adhesive tape technology to deliver to Pearson for Ms. Leonard’s review. Once this content has been finalised, it could be easily convertible to other institutions.