All the institutions and contact persons that are part of the official project consortium are listed here. The coordinating partner is tekom Europe. We would like to encourage anyone who is interested in developing an academic training program for Technical Communication to get in touch with the project consortium.
tekom Europe is the European Association for Technical Communication, the successor of the former German association for technical communication and information development, which was already founded in 1978.
The aim of tekom Europe is to increase the significance and awareness of technical communication in Europe, to strengthen and harmonize the occupational profile of the technical communicator and to develop industry standards for user manuals and operating instructions.
This should happen in particular through participation in the formulation of European standards and directives, participation in the description of sectorial skills and competences as well as promoting cooperation among universities and educational institutions at a European level.
Thus, tekom Europe supports important EU objectives such as improving the training of young people and the employability and mobility of workers. The country organizations and corporate members of tekom Europe decide together on the work and activities of the association at a European level in the assembly of delegates.
The association consists of altogether more than 9.000 members from nine country organizations, as well as two corporate members. The establishment of further country organizations is in preparation.
Further association agreements are possible with other organizations. Each country organization is above all concerned with the interests of its own members.
Julia Müller finished her bachelor degree in Culture and Media Education with a research project in the USA on e-learning in higher education. At tekom/tcworld she is responsible for the development and maintenance of TCTrainNet and its learning material. TCTrainNet is tcworld’s international online training program for technical communicators.
Besides, she is also involved in the process of the tekom certification examinations for technical communicators in Germany. Currently she is studying an extra occupational master program in Educational Media.
With a background in international business studies Anke Neytchev is responsible at tekom for university relations in Germany and other European countries; promoting the profession and study programs in the area of technical communication.
Among other things she organizes the European academic colloquium, regular meetings for teachers and professors, events for students and a student competition.
She is also managing the association’s existing and future country organizations in Europe (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, France, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Turkey). This includes event organization in the area of technical communication, roadshows, network-building, awareness-creation for the profession, support of volunteers.
Anke Neytchev is currently on maternity leave. Please contact Susanne Lohmüller instead.
Situated in Belgium, KU Leuven has been a center of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium's largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research.
KU Leuven hosts over 41,000 students for the academic year 2012-2013, including 6,724 international students (3,455 students from within the EU and 3,269 students from outside the EU). KU Leuven has Erasmus contracts with 434 European universities and 22 central bilateral agreements in 8 countries: U.S.A, China, South Africa, Japan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Vietnam, Poland and the Netherlands. The amount of international students more than doubled to about 7400 students in ten years time.
KU Leuven holds around 50 projects in development cooperation and educational interuniversity cooperation.
Prof. Dr. Birgitta Meex is an Assistant Professor of German and Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Arts, Subfaculty of Language and Communication of the University of Leuven in Antwerp.
She received her PhD in German Linguistics from the University of Leuven in 2001. She is a certified trainer in Technical Communication (tekom) and is actively engaged in tekom Belgium.
Her research is inspired by the desire to incorporate the disciplines of discourse analysis and cognitive linguistics.
She has published research articles in the fields of cognitive semantics, corporate communication as well as technical and medical communication.
As the 2nd university in Germany, HS Karlsruhe started the Technical Communication studies already in 1997. Currently, there are 2 bachelor tracks and 1 master track per year and about 350 students in total.
The focus lies on a practice-oriented approach with a sound mixture of theory and technical practice. The studies have a very good reputation and ranking.
Sissi Closs is professor of Information and Media Technology at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, and owner of C-Topic Consulting.
She is considered one of Germany's leading experts in the area of online documentation, single source publishing, XML, and DITA and has written and published many books on software documentation, and for many years has advised publishing houses and professional associations in the field technical documentation.
The University of Limerick (UL) was established in 1989 and has 13,000 students and 1,400 staff. All programmes are accredited by the university and the Irish Higher Education Authority, and comply with ECTS.
The university of Limerick has offered technical communication modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1996. It is the only educational institution in Ireland to offer a postgraduate programme in technical communication, the MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning. This programme has run since 2010. Previously, the university offered an MA in Technical Communication and an MA in E-Learning Design and Development. These programmes were combined in 2010 to provide a dual qualification for graduates. Undergraduate students studying New Media can also undertake a suite of technical communication modules.”
Yvonne Cleary is a lecturer in Technical Communication, and Program Director for the MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning at the University of Limerick, Ireland. She holds an MA and a PhD in technical communication.
Her research interests include professional issues in technical communication, technical communication pedagogy, virtual teams, and international technical communication. She has presented her work at conferences in Europe and the United States and has published in leading journals in the technical communication field, including Technical Communication, Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, and IEEE Transactions in Professional Communication. She is a 2014 recipient of the CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication award for Best Article on Pedagogy or Curriculum in Technical or Scientific Communication.
The University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest (UPB), founded in 1818, is the largest technical university in Romania. UPB designs and optimizes processes of continuous education that should finally lead to a knowledge based society.
All teaching activities of the Faculty of Engineering in Foreign Languages (FILS) are entirely performed in English, French and German. FILS offers unique training for industrial engineering and management. Our graduates are very well appreciated by their employers as they possess professional, social and language skills.
Voichita Alexandra Ghenghea is Associate Professor of German for Science & Technology, Professional Communication, Public Relations and Technical Documentation at the University “Politehnica” of Bucharest. Her publications include such volumes as Verbal and nonverbal elements in specialized texts, Reading comprehension in teaching German as a Foreign Language, German for science and technology, Intelligibility of Scientific Texts and of Technical Documentation and articles and studies in scholarly journals, e.g. The role of formalized visual aids in specialized texts, The role of symbolic-mathematical code in scientific and technical German texts, Technical Documentation - a salient feature in the training of future engineers, Knowledge transfer in Technical Communication etc.
She has a long experience as an „authorized translator“ for Technical German, is also a participant in the Inter-Institutional Agreement, LLP- Programme: Higher Education (Erasmus) btw. the University “Politehnica” of Bucharest and the University of Hamburg, TUDresden and TUChemnitz and is at the same time coauthor in the “Leonardo” Tutolangues project “Creation of a guidance tool for tutorship on -line”.
She is founding member of the tekom Romania country organization and a member of numerous scientific associations such as AILA (Assoc. Internationale de Linguistique Appliquee), GAL (German Applied Linguistics Association), GGR (Society of Romanian Germanists), GfdS (German Association for the German Language) etc.
University Paris Diderot is a multidisciplinary university with more than 20.000 students and 2000 senior lecturers and professors. The Department of Applied Languages has a Bachelor Degree in Technical Writing (2006) and a Master's degree in Technical communication (1999). The students are apprentices for a 12 month curriculum.
Paris Diderot has been training technical communicators for 15 years and students are trained at Paris Diderot for 2 weeks and work in a company for 2 weeks, in an apprenticeship program. During July August and September students work full time in a company.
Patricia Minacori is an Associate Professor in the Applied Languages Department of the University of Paris Diderot, France. She is Head of two technical communication programs, Bachelor and Master's.
She was a former translator. She was trained at The Paris School of Translation ESIT and she holds a PhD in Translation Studies.
Her research interests include professional issues in translation and technical communication, translation pedagogy, international collaborations, peer learning, complexity defined by Edgar Morin.
She has presented her work at international conferences in professional translation and technical communication fields and she publishes in several leading journals and books, including IEEE Transactions in Professional Communication, Meta.
She has organised five International Conferences on technical communication at the University of Paris Diderot.
She is also an invited Professor at French University of Cairo (Egypt), teaching twice a year technical translation.
The University of Twente (UT) is a young and enterprising university (founded in 1961) that prepares young people for the future. This is accomplished through innovative, attractive and future-focused education and through fulfilling a global function in technological and social research. Together, 3,000 researchers and professionals work on pioneering research, relevant innovations and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students.
The Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social (BMS) at the UT sciences strives to play a pivotal role in understanding, co-engineering and evaluating innovation in society. Innovation is driven by advances in technology. In order to do so, the BMS Faculty boasts academic disciplinary knowledge in psychology, business administration, public administration, communication sciences, philosophy, education sciences and health sciences, all with a focus on tackling societal challenges.
Since many years, the bachelor and master programmes in communication sciences include a number of courses related to technical communication. Since 2014, master students can specialize in technical communication.
Joyce Karreman is an assistant professor of technical communication at the University of Twente, faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences. She received her PhD in technical communication from this university.
Her research interests include the design of instructive documents, user-centered design, and intercultural issues related to usability & user experience. She has presented her work at international conferences on technical and professional communication and has published in several journals, including Technical Communication and IEEE Transactions in Professional Communication.
She teaches courses in the bachelor and master programs of communication sciences on document design, user-centered design, user support and the design of instructions. Apart from that, she supervises students who are doing research to finish their bachelor or master degree.
University of Aarhus is the central Danish educator at university level of professional writers in the context of foreign-language communication (English, French, German, Spanish) in a business context, to which also belongs the field of technical communication and writing. BCOM is a department of approx. 90 research staff members and 2500 students spanning fields like management oriented corporate communication, textually oriented business communication, translation, European studies and text production.
Main expertise in the field of text production and translation is in legal, technical, economical and business contexts. Educational programs and research are geared towards meeting the needs of companies and organizations, based on sound standards of scientific work.
Jan Engberg is Professor of Knowledge Communication at the Department Business Communication, School of Business and Social Sciences, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
His main areas of research interest are the study of texts and genres in the academic field, cognitive aspects of domain specific discourse and the relations between specialised knowledge and text formulation as well as basic aspects of communication in domain-specific settings. His research is focused upon communication and translation in the field of law. He is especially interested in the links between the knowledge of individuals and conceptual meaning in fields of specialized communication and the implications of these links for the way we conceptualize meaning. Furthermore, he is co-editor of the international journal Fachsprache and member of the editorial or advisory boards of a substantial number of international scholarly journals.
University of Szczecin is the biggest university in West Pomerania with 13 faculties; 50 study courses; about 17 000 students; 540 PhD students; 1 229 researchers and 840 members of administrative staff. The Faculty of Economics and Management is ranked eight among Polish centers educating in Economics and IT. It has the right to grant doctoral and post-doctoral degrees in the field of economics and to grant doctoral degrees in management studies. It offers 4 major studies: economics, finance and accounting, information technology and econometrics, management.
Students graduating in IT and econometrics receive an additional diploma from the German university Fachhochschule Wismar. The University of Szczecin has a combined knowledge in IT-Management, Communication and strong relationships to international partners.
Zygmunt Drazek is the head of Decision Support Systems Department at the Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Szczecin. Master of Physics, Ph.D. in management, habilitation in business informatics and the professor title received from The President of the Republic of Poland on request of the Institute of Organization and Management in the Industry in Warsaw, form the basis of his expanded activities. He was academic visitor in the Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung at ETH Zürich, visiting professor in several universities in Germany, chairman of the Senate committee at the University of Szczecin, and the Deputy Dean of the Faculty.
Among his research interests are the use of information technology tools for decision support, teamwork, knowledge transfer, and communication. His practical experiences include implementing e-learning at the University of Szczecin and participating in several international projects, e.g. BalticMuseums 2.0.