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After graduation as industrial engineer at Ecole Centrale de Lille, Xavier Fouger started his career in 1986 as Attaché for Science and Technology at the French Embassy in Austria in charge of science and technology cooperation. With Dassault Systemes since 1990, he spent several years developing new digital processes to enhance collective innovation in the automotive industry. He worked as principal advisor to engineering leaders in various countries with a focus on Germany, Korea and Japan. In 2003, he created DS’ Academy, the corporate organization supporting skills, producing educational innovation and encouraging transformative learning initiatives related to the use of the company’s software.
In higher education, his focus is on facilitating multidisciplinary learning, industry cooperation and international activities. Working with policy makers, he has developed educational programs at country scale, in support of national priorities, particularly in Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. A founding member of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, vice-president of the European Society for Engineering Education, Xavier Fouger was instrumental in the creation of the Global Engineering Deans Council. His international work also includes the promotion of Grand Challenges for Engineering in the global student’s community.
He is managing corporate research on virtual labs, teaching co-creation in product innovation, crowd-based curriculum creation, realistic use of 3D in MOOCs, “flipped lab” and virtualization of textbooks and learning devices. He leads the company’s participation with universities involved in educational research projects supported by national and international funding agencies.