It is an international non-profit NGO established in 1973 that works on the development and improvement of higher engineering education in Europe, whilst reinforcing the position of engineering professionals in society. Through its membership composed of HEIs, academic staff, students, related associations and companies, SEFI connects over 1 million students and 158,000 academic staff members in 48 countries.
To reach its goals, SEFI implements diverse activities such as Annual Conferences, Ad hoc seminars/workshops organised by its thematic working groups and task forces, organises the European Engineering Deans Conventions, publishes a series of Scientific publications (amongst which the European Journal of Engineering Education “EJEE” published by Taylor and Francis) and Position Papers, is involved in European projects and co-operates with other major European and international associations and international bodies (European Commission, UNESCO, Council of Europe, OECD).
SEFI also participated in the creation of ENAEE, IFEES, Euro-Pace, IACEE and of the European Engineering Deans Council, that in early 2015, was incorporated into SEFI. SEFI's Head office in Brussels employs two full-time staff members (paid), a Secretary General (manager) and a membership/communication officer (Administration).