Education Group

The members contains of lecturers, students and The Education Group is a forum for universities where all individuals can connect with each other – and more importantly – stay connected. The main focus of the Education Group are students and their lecturers. And of course the universities and their Facility Management programs. Also members of EuroFM who have a strong interest in the educational field and giving trainings related to the FM profession.

Through personal relations and organizing exchange & international teamwork the Education Group hopes to inspire students and their lecturers to actively join. Not only for social networking where members can create, post, comment to and read from their own interest and specific forums. However more important to be part of an active virtual community. Sharing knowledge, exchanging experiences, helping each other to fulfil their dreams as FM professionals. Aiming for a powerful platform where open, transparent and sustainable partnerships are established, based on mutual trust and shared goals.

The role of the Education Group is summarized below:

  • To facilitate an active education network in Europe reflecting the integrated approach to FM education, research and business;
  • To assist educational institutions in drafting their FM curricula and to set standards of FM education in Europe;
  • To encourage and facilitate student exchange between EuroFM member universities;
  • To encourage and facilitate an active knowledge sharing and staff exchange culture amongst the EuroFM member universities;
  • To enhance internships within the FM business.

Through student and staff exchange, students actually see the differences in not only FM knowledge, but also in how to work together in interesting and present-day projects. The wish of the Education Group  is to address all FM students through Europe to experience this. The intention of the Education Group is to reach these young professionals and learn them about the added value of the EuroFM platform. This will not only benefit the students, however as well as all other EuroFM members who can learn a great deal from the next FM generation. The Education Group, as part of EuroFM, can bring the past, current and future generations of the FM profession together, exchanging needs and demands of today and tomorrow. These initiatives give students access to the FM market through new (digital) portals, where business, young talents, educators and researchers meet.

There are different types of activities and network opportunities organized during the year:

  • Summer- and Winter schools: during the summer and winter a member university will host a one-week project where students and their lecturers work together on interesting and present-day projects. The aim is to deliver interesting data to the Research Group within EuroFM;
  • The EuroFM Student Competition: students are asked to participate in a video competition where they present internship, thesis or project results during the EuroFM International Conference;
  • Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) projects: students and staff from member universities work together through digital collaboration for a 6-12 week project;
  • Student and staff exchange: students can study for 15-30 credits at FM programs at member universities. Staff can teach as guest lecturers within the different FM programs;
  • Internship platform: the EuroFM network gives opportunities for students to find an internship placement in the international FM market;
  • Evidence based research: bachelor FM students participate in different projects to add value to the EuroFM network and its members.

Current and/or future activities:

  • To coach students from the bachelor to master to researcher role by facilitating opportunities within the EuroFM network;
  • To set up an EuroFM alumni community where participants of Summer- and Winter schools and student competitions can exchange their knowledge and experience;
  • To develop an inventory of present FM curricula in EuroFM Member Universities which makes the present study offering visible to all interested parties;
  • To develop Internship Programs within EuroFM Universities: researching the possibility to professionalize internships with an aim to build a “EuroFM internships program”. The main objective of this project is to benefit EuroFM business;
  • To develop an EuroFM Honours/Excellence Program: an inventory of present programs in order to create an overview of all special programs. The aim is to develop a specific Honours/Excellence Program for the highly motivated and skilled students within the EuroFM member Universities.

Contact information: Olga van Diermen – van Winden through o.g.vandiermen@hhs.nl