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Hon.Prof. P.Pirotte (BE) Barcelona 12-15 May 2003 Electrical Power Engineering Education in Crisis ? Hon. Prof. P.Pirotte, University of Liege EUREL president.

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1 Hon.Prof. P.Pirotte (BE) Barcelona May 2003 Electrical Power Engineering Education in Crisis ? Hon. Prof. P.Pirotte, University of Liege EUREL president

2 Hon.Prof. P.Pirotte (BE) Barcelona May Around 1960: two options (high and low currents)  One semester time difference between the options A) Reflection: Starting point

3 Hon.Prof. P.Pirotte (BE) Barcelona May After 1970 until now: fast explosion of the electronic domain and computer science.  In 2000, more than two years time between the classical options (power systems, electronic, computer science). A) Reflection: Starting point

4 Hon.Prof. P.Pirotte (BE) Barcelona May Programmes are more and more « à la carte ». 4.Power systems option appears to be « static » 5.Overhead lines are looking « dangerous » via E and B fields… A) Reflection: Starting point

5 Hon.Prof. P.Pirotte (BE) Barcelona May « Deregulation » of the electric power supply system… A) Reflection: Starting point

6 Hon.Prof. P.Pirotte (BE) Barcelona May Numerous orientations begin more and more early. 2.Young people: deeply concerned with the new orientations. 3.Universities and high schools challenge: Maintain « old » or create « new » options B) Consequences

7 Hon.Prof. P.Pirotte (BE) Barcelona May Strong « economical » factor to remove old orientations like power systems. 5.Actual academic positions are opened in new fields (microwave, nanotech,computer sciences…) B) Consequences

8 Hon.Prof. P.Pirotte (BE) Barcelona May We are ready to « observe » a continuous decreasing in the number of electrical power engineers… 7.North America situation: identical constatation (Reference Arun Phadke. Virginia Tech IEEE-CAP October 2002.) B) Consequences

9 Hon.Prof. P.Pirotte (BE) Barcelona May To avoid this foreseeable loss of competence it is important to reverse the tendency. 2.Way of reflection: European space of education (Bologna declaration). C) Suggestions

10 Hon.Prof. P.Pirotte (BE) Barcelona May Invite universities and high schools to organise (national or international basis) high level electrical power systems curriculum. 4.Collaboration with EC: Survey, information, financial support. C) Suggestions

11 Hon.Prof. P.Pirotte (BE) Barcelona May Possible CIRED contribution. To produce a document (in collaboration with CIGRE, EUREL,…) in close collaboration with the EC. C) Suggestions

12 Hon.Prof. P.Pirotte (BE) Barcelona May To avoid loss of competence, prevention is better than cure D) Final conclusion


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