International University Network in Technical Communication
Organised by the tekom Europe Advisory Board for Professional Development and Training
An agenda for your benefit
The purpose of this International University Network in Technical Communication is to support university teachers and staff who already run, or are interested in developing programmes or modules in technical communication: through this network they will be able to exchange experience and ideas for launching or strengthening their programmes, or for research projects.
The network is also relevant for teachers and staff in related disciplines, such as engineering, language studies, computer science, marketing, and communication studies.
A working group of the tekom Europe Advisory Board for Professional Development and Training is responsible for running the network and organizing meetings or events. The network was first established as an Advisory Board project in March 2020.
The network will facilitate online and face-to-face meetings, mentoring partnerships, and research projects and dissemination of university teachers and staff throughout Europe.
So far, the working group includes universities from Belgium, Czechia, Finland, Hungary, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Portugal.
You are welcome to join any network meetings that interest you.
Our first network meeting will take place online in November 2020. More information about the network meeting will be available soon!
Would you like to join?
Your participation in the International University Network inTechnical Communication is free of charge.
By completing this short survey, you can get in touch with us and you will also help us to make the network relevant to you, whatever stage you are at. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Why is the network necessary?
Throughout the world, millions of people work in technical communication roles, but the profession is still not very well known.
Technical communication education is at different stages of development in each European country.
In many European countries, no academic programmes are offered in technical communication.
The TecCOMFrame project identified ways to increase the number of programmes offered, and developed resources for people who are interested in designing modules or full programmes. This network follows on from that project.
Benefits for all
Benefits for universities:
Universities involved in this network will be able to create opportunities for students and will attract more visibility and higher participation in technical communication modules and programmes.
Benefits for students:
This network will help universities to develop and offer modules and programmes in technical communication. This is a growing field, with work opportunities for students with interdisciplinary skills, especially skills in languages, media, communication, and technology.
Benefits for industry:
This network will help to meet the recruitment needs of companies operating in the field of technical communication, by training graduates to meet the labour market shortage, and by helping young people seeking job opportunities in technological and innovative contexts.
What is technical communication?
According to the tekom Europe definition, “technical communication is the process of defining, creating and delivering information products for the safe, efficient and effective use of products (technical systems, software, services).”
This video shows a typical working day in the life of a technical writer at a large software company.