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  5 September 2011

The 2nd World Conference on Technology and Engineering Education commenced in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ljubljana on 5 September 2011, with an Opening Ceremony attended by the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Janez Krek, Conference Honorary Chairman, who delivered the Opening Welcome on behalf of the host institution. The WIETE International Academic Advisory Committee (WIETE-IAAC) was represented by Professor Adinarayana Kalanidhi, Vice-Chairman of the Commonwealth Science and Technology Academy for Research (C-STAR), Chennai, India; and President of the WIETE-IAAC, who also served as an Honorary Co-Chairman of the Conference; and Professor Andrew Nafalski of the University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, Vice-President of the WIETE-IAAC and Conference Honorary Co-Chairman.

Three Opening Addresses were presented during the Opening Ceremony. The first Opening Address came from Professor A. Kalanidhi, entitled Quality in higher education - a comparative study of campus and virtual education. This was followed by a paper authored by Associate Professor Slavko Kocijancic from the host institution: An overview of research and development activities in technology education carried out at the Faculty of Education at the University of Ljubljana. A paper by Professor Harold P. Sjursen of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, entitled What philosophy can learn from engineering - the impact of emerging technologies on the social world concluded the Opening Addresses Session.

During the three days of the Conference’s formal activities 20 regular papers were presented that dealt with a variety of topics and subjects concerning engineering and technology education, including cross-disciplinary matters such as mathematics, physics, computer science, information technology, economics, management, etc. They were intended to promote and encourage interdisciplinary research, development and international collaboration.

A volume of Conference Proceedings, including the 23 papers presented at the Conference, co-edited by Zenon J. Pudlowski and Slavko Kocijancic, is being prepared and will be released soon for wider distribution over the WIETE Web site.

The Conference concluded on Thursday, 8 September 2011, with a field excursion to the Postojna Cave, one of the world's great wonders and heritage treasures. It extends for more than 21 km. Apart from the opportunity to become familiar with distinctive rock formations and their fantastic colours, participants were also able to observe the beauty of stalactites and stalagmites.

The photo taken during the Conference Opening Ceremony shows (l-r) A/Prof. S. Kocijancic, Prof. A. Kalanidhi, Prof. Z.J. Pudlowski and Prof. J. Krek.