ASIIN-FIGURE Global Conference 2021 in Paris

Digitalisation – Innovation – Competitiveness in the Post-Covid Era: European and Global Higher Education re-inventing itself

This is the official website for the ASIIN-FIGURE Global Conference 2021, which will take place on 04 - 05 November at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.

(Photo by Alexander Kagan)

Covid19 note: We are at this stage very optimistic, that our two-day event, which gives the floor to renowned experts around the world, will take place on site and that – after a long time of digital events – we can now discuss the future of European STEM education in personal meetings face to face. If, contrary to our expectations, the situation in France regarding Covid deteriorates so that we have to cancel the event, the registration fee will be fully refunded. For persons fully vaccinated against Covid19, entry into France is currently possible without quarantine or special reason for travel for many countries of the world. Please visit the France Diplomacy website for regularly updated information about the travel regulations in France.


We are pleased to present the event together with our partners FIGURE an EASPA.


04 – 05 November 2021

Thursday, 04 November: 12.00 – 18.00
Friday, 05 November: 08.30 – 16.00


The Grand Amphitheatre at the Sorbonne University
Paris, France
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This year’s conference will take place at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. The historic main building of the Sorbonne University is located on the left bank of the Seine and forms the centre of the Quartier Latin student district, which is located right in the centre of Paris.


  • Representatives of the national and international Higher Education (HE) community
  • Quality management staff of HEIs
  • Representatives of the international business world and employers’ associations
  • Political stakeholders and representatives of the media
  • Representatives of international Quality Assurance Agencies
  • Representatives of Recognition Authorities
  • Representatives of ASIIN, FIGURE and EASPA member organizations


Higher education and especially STEM education around the world is facing massive challenges from different directions. While the Industry 4.0 development requires HEIs to review their traditional curricula in order to prepare students for an increasingly digitalized economy, IT engineering is trying to deal with its contents sprawling into all other disciplines, technical as well as non-technical. If this was not enough, COVID-19 has clearly demonstrated that higher engineering education has serious deficiencies when it comes to digital learning, online assessments, and virtual practical training.

The European Union has over the past decades been a hotbed of global engineering and manufacturing, setting quality standards and creating expertise highly valued around the world. Following the disruptions of 2020, can Europe still serve as a role model or have other regions of the world taken over the lead, educating the engineer of tomorrow?
The traditional engineer is disappearing step-by-step, being replaced by supposedly all-rounders, trained profoundly in mathematics as well as in communication skills, IT, creative design thinking and in how to work in intercultural and multilingual environments.

Together with the French engineering network FIGURE the ASIIN Global Conference 2021 will focus on addressing these challenges. It is dedicated to all stakeholders trying to ensure the future viability of engineering education and facing the difficult task to determine quality standards in a more and more heterogeneous and complex composition of degree programmes. How can STEM curricula take into account the new requirements and adapt to the changing needs of markets and employers?

Conference programme

The Conference programme will include presentations and plenary sessions that will stimulate in-depth discussions between the participants.

Here you can find the programme of the event.


Register now and benefit from a 10% Early Bird discount until 26 September!

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Here you will find an overview of hotels in the vicinity of the event location.


Dr. Iring Wasser
Managing Director ASIIN
+49 211 900977-0