Teaching metrology in the framework of the ATHENS Programme

From 14 to 18 November 2016, an ATHENS Programme course Metrology of Electrical Quantities was organized by the Department of Measurement, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University and attended by students from École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées Paris Tech, Mines Paris Tech, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, KU Leuven and Warszaw University of Technology. The aim of the course was to present an overview of modern and perspective methods for precision measurement of electrical quantities and to demonstrate various techniques used in calibrations of electrical measurement instruments and standards. A visit to the Czech Metrology Institute was also arranged for the participants of the course. 

Following teachers from the Department of Measurement participated in the organisation and realisation of this intensive course:


A few words about the ATHENS Network and the ATHENS Programme:

Created in 1997, the ATHENS Network (Advanced Technology Higher Education Network / SOCRATES) is made up of 14 European technological universities and an association of nine ParisTech Graduate Schools of Engineering, which is charged with the coordination role. One of the Network's first and most particular actions concerns the organisation of an intensive programme of coursework taught at each member institution. This activity is called the ATHENS week.

The ATHENS week was established with the support of the European Communities SOCRATES Programme receiving an annual subsidy of 50 000 Euros from 1997-2001. Today, the programme of the ATHENS week, the ATHENS Programme, is mainly founded by contributions from the member institutions.

            The ATHENS Programme is aimed at carrying out intensive specialization courses, given at each member institution during one or two defined periods ("Sessions") of the academic year (November and March), enabling students to attend one of the courses offered by the network universities during 7 days. This experience, in many cases, gives students the desire to carry out studies of a longer duration (MSc and PhD levels) at an institution different from their home institution and thus facilitates exchanges between students of the major European technological institutions.

About 60 courses are offered at each ATHENS Session and cover a wide range of thematic, from engineering to social sciences. The objective is to give students a brief immersion in another European education system.

Each Session includes both 30 hours of scientific courses as well as 10-15 hours of "European Dimension" activities. At the termination of an ATHENS Session, the home institution officially recognises the work carried out, according to the results obtained on an examination organised by the host institution and evaluated according to its proper system of grading. Each complete Session is worth credits. Each institution defines the number of credits given to the ATHENS courses (generally 2 or 3 ECTS credits). Students are asked to evaluate the course they attended by filling an on-line evaluation form at the end of each Session.