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 Thirdly, it is imperative to raise the awareness of (future) engineers for the importance of digital business models and that those will a vital play in the value-added chain. Engineers must not lose touch with this important development.
Finally, the proportion of teaching easily accessible knowledge has to be reduced. Instead, the development of competences that play an important part in  nding, analyzing, evaluating and combining engineering knowledge has to get a far larger space in higher education teaching.
At the FEANI GA 2017 in Vienna, our organization has taken a signi cant step into the right direction with the unanimous decision to back the concept of developing FEANI into an ENGINEERS EUROPE together with other organizations over the next few years. A corner stone of this process is the creation of an “Engineers Europe Advisory Group” (EEAG).
In order to make FEANI heard as the “voice” of the European engineers, we have to seek close alliances with other stakeholder groups, e.g. industry, academia and professional organizations. Additionally, periodic and insti- tutionalized exchanges with political decision makers are of utmost importance.
The Engineers Europe Advisory Group will become an advisory instrument to the Executive Board in policy
matters relating to the engineering profession. National members will be able to contribute their expertise by joining subject-related work groups.
This will help to strengthen and enhance FEANI’s current network, thus giving FEANI a strong and weighty voice in Europe and beyond to further develop our profession.
I am grateful that the FEANI members in Vienna have given me the mandate to carry on with my work as vice-president and I am looking forward to a continued close cooperation within FEANI for the better of our profession

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