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  7 September 2014

In preparation for the 3rd World Conference on Technology and Engineering Education on Sunday, 7 September 2014, the Executive of the WIETE International Academic Advisory Committee (WIETE-IAAC) met in Athens to discuss academic and organisational matters over a dinner held in a restaurant at Monastiraki and its beautiful ancient scenery, at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens.

The meeting was attended by Professor Andrew Nafalski of the University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia - President of the WIETE-IAAC; Professor Promod Vohra, Dean of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology of the Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, USA - Vice-President of the WIETE-IAAC; Professor George Metaxas of the Technological Education Institute of Piraeus-Athens, and Professor Zenon J. Pudlowski, WIETE Director, accompanied by his wife Dorota. Unfortunately, the third Vice-President of the WIETE-IAAC, Professor David W.S. Tai of Hungkuang University, Taichung, Taiwan, was unable to attend the Conference due to other commitments.

Several issues of importance for engineering and technology education were raised and discussed during the meeting, including the future research, development and promotional activities of the WIETE. Prof. Metaxas, local host and organiser, briefed the meeting on the preparations and programme of the Conference. Also high on the agenda was the future life and operation of the WIETE, with particular emphasis on attracting young academics to the activities of the WIETE, and the way in which the engagement of young academics in engineering and technology can be stimulated and promoted.

The picture shows (l-r): Prof. A. Nafalski, Prof. P. Vohra, Prof. Z.J. Pudlowski, Prof. G. Metaxas and Mrs D. Pudlowski discussing WIETE academic affairs over a dinner held at a restaurant in Monastiraki.