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School of Industrial Engineering of Technical University of Madrid .:. Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform
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  • Submitted by: Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI)
  • Topic: Education
  • Keywords: education
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Date of completion: 2015
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Deliverables & Resources
Action network
  • This voluntary initiative came from Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
Dean
Signatory/Dean
Felez Jesus, School Dean
School of Industrial Engineering of Technical University of Madrid

Partner(s)

School of Industrial Engineering of Technical University of Madrid

Description/achievement of initiative

Social responsibility is integrated with the four areas of the university: Teaching, Research, Management and University Extension.
The project is based in the participation of stakeholders and the transparency. Thus, different channels were enabled to allow stakeholders to participate in the project by selecting the improvement areas to work on and the consequent actions to be done. The accountability is done by a social responsibility report that serves as a communication tool, as it explains the different initiatives and informs stakeholders about the progress that was made in fulfilling the objectives.

ETSII-UPM Social Responsibility Project

The School of Industrial Engineering (Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales – ETSII), integrated together with other Schools of Engineering, into the Technical University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – UPM) in 1971, is a reference of Industrial Engineering education in Spain. Industrial Engineering Degree in Spain, can be configurated not only as a management intensification but in other different areas (Energy, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Material Science, Chemical, Environmental, etc.)

Founded in 1845, ETSII offers Official bachelor and master degrees in Industrial Engineering and Chemical Engineering along with Master Degrees on 13 engineering fields (Energy, Electronics, Management, Environment, Innovation, Mechanical, Nuclear, etc.)

With 4.500 students, 155 members of staff, 313 teachers and 789 R&D project researchers, ETSII is the only Public University Centre of Industrial Engineering whose degree is accredited by the US Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) and with a Social Responsibility Report verified by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

The enforcement of a social responsibility strategy is motivated by the need to have ethical and professionally trained engineers aware of the implications of their activities and their responsibilities. Within the engineering field, is focused particularly on integrating social and environmental criteria as well as ethical and responsible management to the organizations in which engineers work.

ETSII-UPM understands the Social Responsibility in the university as a « voluntary integration of social and environmental concerns in its operations as well as in the relationships with its partners. »

Trying to achieve this objective, social responsibility is integrated with the four areas of the university: Teaching, Research, Management and University Extension.

The project is based in the participation of stakeholders and the transparency. Thus, different channels were enabled to allow stakeholders to participate in the project by selecting the improvement areas to work on and the consequent actions to be done. The accountability is done by a social responsibility report that serves as a communication tool, as it explains the different initiatives and informs stakeholders about the progress that was made in fulfilling the objectives.

Implementation methodologies

The enforcement of a social responsibility strategy is motivated by the need to have ethical and professionally trained engineers aware of the implications of their activities and their responsibilities. Within the engineering field, is focused particularly on integrating social and environmental criteria as well as ethical and responsible management to the organizations in which engineers work.

ETSII-UPM understands the Social Responsibility in the university as a « voluntary integration of social and environmental concerns in its operations as well as in the relationships with its partners. »

The following paragraph shows the summary of the commitments made by the Management Team of the ETSII-UPM

- To develop a comprehensive training

- To improve the quality of learning

- To know the opinion of companies and organizations on the engineers from the ETSII-UPM

- To communicate the results of the employability study that is being conducted by the employee office (Induempleo)

- To conduct an analysis of the training needs of the School staff and the available channels

- To analyze forms to recognize the professional tasks

- To develop a policy that rewards motivated individuals who strive for excellence in their daily performance (awards)

- To support initiatives implemented by the different stakeholders to reward staff effort

- To improve the involvement of teachers with students and vice versa

Strengthen curriculum content of the different degrees through coordination tools

- To encourage the revision and improvement of lab practices

- To promote the upgrade of subjects including the latest developments related to them

- To analyze the alignment of the research topics with contemporary challenges

- To improve the information research channels

- To involve students in research

- To analyze the software accessibility for the staff and to disseminate the results

- To study and report resources that can be used for research

- To communicate and advise on activities to promote research

- To implement a collaborative strategy to improve the efficiency of collaboration mechanisms

- To promote awareness and voluntary groups

- To ensure correct recycling system for materials used in the ETSII-UPM

- To improve energy efficiency

- To raise environmental awareness

- To increase the number of subjects that promote this awareness

- To analyze continuously the needs of stakeholders regarding the infrastructure and services of the Centre

- To inform about the various scholarships offered by the ETSII-UPM in a more direct and centralized way

- To promote accessibility to the Economic Report

Further information on the main steps of the Social Responsibility Project and the different commitments and objectives are available at www.etsii.upm.es/responsabilidad_social/documentacion.es.htm

Deliverables
Deliverable Date
ETSII-UPM Social Responsibility Project 2015
Resources
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Expertise of students and staff concerning sustainable development
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