The Regional GEDC Industry Forum: 20 – 22 March 2019, Bucharest, Romania

The first regional GEDC Industry Forum will be held in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), one of the fastest growing regions in Europe. The event, held in Bucharest’s outstanding Athenee Palace hotel, will start late afternoon on Wednesday 20th March and finish with lunch on Friday 22nd March, 2019, with a range of inspirational site visits proposed for Friday afternoon. The programme will focus on stimulating innovation through bringing together universities and industry, and tackling the growing gap in digital and scarce skills as well as developing key graduate employability skills, including intra-entrepreneurship skills.

A longtime engineering powerhouse, CEE today has the potential to become a global innovation hub as the countries in the region transition to knowledge-intensive economies. To facilitate innovation in CEE, which is ‘an economic necessity’, more collaboration between universities, businesses, and other local, national and regional stakeholders is needed. These factors make the region a perfect location for this event, which will inspire and develop regional university-industry relations.

News about the Regional GEDC Industry Forum

We’re excited to announce a new opportunity for Bucharest Industry Forum participants on Friday March 22 in the afternoon. Delegates have the chance to explore the production facility of Arctic in Romania located in Ultimi Dâmboviţa County – a brand new, state of the art, fully digital and Industry 4.0 compliant factory that will have an initial production capacity of 1.1 million washing machines per year. This is the first fully Industry 4.0 compliant production facility in Romania, with an automation level of 70%, which is the highest in the Arçelik Group, one of the leading European White Goods and Household Appliances producers.

Discover the 2017 Industry Forum
‘I have never been to a meeting, conference, or workshop that has brought together the collection of leaders that we have in engineering from around the world, and in such a dynamic format.’
Dr. Peter Kilpatrick
Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering at University of Notre Dame, USA and Chair GEDC 2015 – 2017

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The programme

Designed and facilitated by the award-winning team at Petrus Communications, the Forum’s programme kicks off at 16h30 on Wednesday 20th March with an expert panel and networking reception, followed by a day of discussion and creative group work on Thursday 21st March hosted by renowned specialists. Social and networking opportunities will be followed by a gala dinner and dialogue in one of Bucharest’s most historic dining rooms. Conclusions will be presented the following morning with departures on Friday 22nd March after lunch, or at the end of the day following site visits. Full details will be available soon.

Who should attend the 2019 Industry Forum?

Senior representatives of engineering and technology employers, from global industry or dynamic start-ups and SMEs, alongside engineering leaders, Deans and R&D Directors. Why should you attend? Let’s hear from the 2017 participants …


The first Industry Forum focused on how universities and industry can work together to predict and develop the skills required among future generations of engineering experts and leaders. Engineering Deans from leading global institutions as well as leaders from some of the world’s top industrial companies and dynamic SMEs gathered for 3 days of highly interactive and innovative sessions and group work.

Download the full programme of the event here.

is a comprehensive summary of the knowledge and ideas shared, the discussion outputs and the creative presentations delivered at the 2017 Industry Forum. The report is available to read online, or for download. It is an essential read, and a valuable resource, for anyone engaged in improving and innovating engineering education for the future.

set the stage for the event itself by providing a review of the important body of work looking at the globally discussed skills and attributes required in a graduate engineer.

is an original piece of research commissioned by Total. The research explores the global perspective on which workplace skills are considered critical for success, as well as the activities likely to best to develop those skills during higher education.

is an extensive list of good practices in university-industry collaboration provided by Industry Forum delegates.



Total is a leading energy player on the international stage, and the fifth-largest publicly-traded integrated international oil and gas company in the world. Almost 100,000 Total employees leverage their knowledge and expertise to discover, produce, refine and convert oil and gas into products and services for customers worldwide. Total is also developing energies that can partner oil and gas — today, solar energy and tomorrow, biomass fuels. As a responsible corporate citizen, Total focuses on ensuring that its operations consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.

NI ( empowers engineers and scientists with a software-centric platform that incorporates modular hardware and an expansive ecosystem. This proven approach puts users firmly in control of defining what they need to accelerate their system design within test, measurement and control. NI’s solution helps build high-performance systems that exceed requirements, quickly adapt to change and ultimately improve the world. 

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. A top U.S. exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.


Petrus Communications is an award-winning recruitment marketing and research consultancy, working with companies and universities worldwide on graduate recruitment and employability projects.

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The Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) was created on 9 May 2008 in Paris as a recognition of the global need for a world-wide forum of engineering deans and rectors. The main goal of the GEDC is to provide engineering deans and rectors with ideas, tools, and “best” practices necessary to become innovative leaders of engineering education.

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