Poznan University of Technology (PUT) grew out of the State School of Mechanical Engineering which was established in 1919. Currently, it is one of the leading technical universities in Poland. PUT trains highly qualified personnel in the field of engineering, in close liaison with research, technology development and innovation, in partnership with the economy and society. Its educational offer includes three-stage ECTS from engineering by the master to doctoral. Today, the Poznan University of Technology offers education at 9 faculties, running a total of 31 fields of study. 16,000 students of I and II cycles, PhD students and participants of post-graduate programmes receive education here. Over 1,300 academic staff cares about their education. Implementation of PUT’s mission enables the vision to become reality – to be one of the best technical universities in Poland, which aspires to become an equipollent partner of other European schools in terms of education quality and high level of scientific research. PUT was the first Polish institution of higher education to become a member of CESAER (Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research) – a European organisation that brings together the best technical schools. It is also a member of SEFI (Societe Europeenne pour la Formation des Ingenieurs), EUA (European University Association), ADUEM (Alliance of Universities for Democracy) and IAU (International Association of Universities). PUT takes an active part in scientific exchange, international projects and cooperation with many international and national companies and research institutions. The university realized 258 projects from external funding. In the 7th framework (FP7), funding for PUT amounted to over 6 million euros with 29 projects.
The Technical University of Varna (TUV) is a public institution and one of the leading Higher Education Institutions and research innovation centres in Bulgaria. In the University more than 5000 students and over 300 PhD students take part in 33 Bachelor, 38 Master and 29 Doctoral courses and programs. Structurally, the University is comprised of 4 faculties: Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering and Technologies, Faculty of Shipbuilding, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Computer Sciences and Automation, 2 colleges and 22 departments that include a staff of 218 professors and assistant professors. The University has over 67500 square meters of building premises that include 12 buildings with over: 100 classrooms; 50 lecture halls; a modern sports centre and research and educational laboratories equipped with modern and state of the art equipment. Some of the centres and labs are: “Advanced technologies in design centre”, “CAD-CAM Lab”, “Applied technologies in Health Care”, “Samsung Innovation Lab”, “Naval architecture and marine technology centre”, “Mikrotik Lab”. The University has more than 120 contracts for international cooperation in education and research. In close agreement with all new requirements in the area of education, the TUV is transforming into an institution providing lifelong learning through the development of long-term learning services, the introduction of new forms and methods of training, establishing long-term partnerships for industry scientific service and creating permanent integration with Bulgarian and European universities through participation in joint projects. The University is experienced in the development and implementation of educational and research projects under various programs Erasmus+, CEEPUS, Horizon 2020, Frameworks programs, Leonardo da Vinci, Tempus, projects under the Operational Programs founded by the EU. The TUV is accredited by the Bulgarian National Agency for Evaluation and Accreditation and is ISO certified. The university is a member of the European University Association (EUA) and it is the first Bulgarian university accredited by EUA. TUV is a centre in research in the fields of Ergonomics (Ergonomics and Human Factors, Cognitive ergonomics, 3D models), Advanced technologies in design, Bioengineering, healthcare-related information technology solutions, occupational health and safety, integrated working science, psychology, the social and economic impact of healthcare-related innovations. In these areas at the university are formed, interdisciplinary research teams. For the development of scientific research and practically applied works in the field, active links are maintained with medical centres, health service provider organizations, laboratories and business. TUV collaborates closely with the Municipality of Varna in projects dedicated to ‘science in society and citizenship. Ergonomics, occupational health and safety and the various aspects of the health care-related innovations are topics in teaching in Bachelor and Master Programs, provided by the chairs of Industrial Design, Communication Engineering and Technologies, Social and Legal Sciences. Within a project under the Operative Program “Competitiveness of Bulgarian economy 2007-2013” a Center “Applied technologies in Health Care” is created. The interdisciplinary Center integrates innovation technologies in health care, ergonomics, information and communication technologies, psychology, social, economic and management sciences. At the TUV under the H2020 MAXIMA project, a laboratory for computer simulation in medicine is established. TUV is a partner in CIII-HU-1506-01-2021 Ergonomics and Human Factors Regional Educational CEEPUS Network with Coordinator Òbuda University, Budapest, Hungary and partners from Austria, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Croatia and Slovenia.
The National Technical University (NTUA) is the oldest and most prestigious educational institution in Greece in the field of technology and has contributed to the country’s scientific, technical and economic development since its foundation in 1837. NTUA is divided into nine academic Schools, eight for the engineering sciences and one for the general sciences. The total number of undergraduate students is about 13000 and the graduate and PhD students 1500. The School of Mechanical Engineering of NTUA excels both in Greece and internationally, thanks to its advanced level of studies and to its internationally acclaimed research. The members of the School, apart from the teaching and other educational activities, work with the support of graduate students and a considerable number of external collaborators for the production of knowledge in the theoretical and applied areas of their interests. The success of their efforts is proved by the numerous publications in International Scientific Journals and Proceedings of International Conferences as well as by the increasing number of financed research projects (EEC and Greek Public and private Organizations). The Section of Manufacturing Technology of NTUA occupies 3200 m2 of laboratory space. The facilities of the lab include state-of-theart machine tools such as CNC lathes and machining centres, grinding machines, a sinking EDM, 3D printers for additive manufacturing and plasma spray for coatings among others. Besides the aforementioned equipment, testing machines for tension/compression tests, bulge test and fatigue test, materials testing and inspection facilities with optical microscopes, Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), residual stresses hole drilling device, profilometer, micro-hardness measuring device, robots, 3D scanner, CMM and VR installations can be found in the laboratory. Furthermore, a fully equipped lab for the preparation, testing and processing of composite materials is installed within the laboratory of Manufacturing Technology. Additionally, the Laboratory of Manufacturing Technology possesses equipment and tools suitable for processing hard-tomachine materials, machining at high speeds and precision machining. Finally, special software for CAD/CAM systems, modelling and simulation can be found in the lab and are used in connection to the equipment and activities of the research of the team of the lab. Rapid Prototyping & Tooling – Reverse Engineering Laboratory (RP Lab) is part of the Department of Mechanical Design and Automation Control of the School of Mechanical Engineering NTUA and was first established in 1996. Its research team consist of two professors, one research and teaching associate, 10 PhD students and more than twenty undergraduate and MSc students. The main areas of research and services provided by RP Lab include advanced engineering design of components and products using parameters such as cost minimization, quality assurance, environmental considerations etc, integration of CAD with CAM and CAE, dimensional and geometrical accuracy, analysis and stacking of tolerances, rapid prototyping and tooling techniques, reverse engineering design and additive manufacturing (3D printing). The infrastructure of RP Lab includes a variety of 3D printers (i.e. Stratasys FORTUS 360mc, Creality3D Cr10 S5, Anycubic Photon, Nobel Advanced), a coordinate-measuring machine (CMM-type DEA/ Brown & Sharpe/ Mistral/ PH10M/TP200 Renishaw Head, 700x700x500), two portable CMM machines (FARO – CMM (Contact & Non-Contact-Laser camera) – 6 DOF, work sphere 2,8m), a custom 3-axis router for manufacturing of small scale RP components/ prototypes/moulds and a fully equipped mechanical workshop (lathe, CNC centre etc.). Finally, RP Lab provided medical protective equipment during the first fifteen days of the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic in Greece in April 2020 using rapid tooling and polyurethane casting methods for the production of more than 2000 silicone masks.
Košice Technical University is one of the leading universities of technology on a national basis, also known internationally for its expertise and the innovativeness of its educational offer. Košice Technical University (TUKE) was founded in 1952 and consists of nine faculties: 1) Mining, ecology, process control and geo-technologies, 2) Materials, metallurgy and recycling, 3) Mechanical engineering, 4 ) Electrical and computer engineering, 5) Civil engineering, 6) Economics, 7) Production technologies, 8) Arts, 9) Aeronautics. The university has three campuses in two different cities. All the crucial activities of the University are provided by 1800 employees (about 900 are pedagogical staff and 150 researchers). There are also over 60 professional staff members who come from abroad. TUKE meets a wide range of educational needs not only in the eastern Slovak region but throughout Slovakia and central Europe. The university offers more than 400 accredited study programs in a full range, from Bachelor to Doctorate. Over 11,000 students are studying at the university, of which over 1,200 students come from more than 40 countries. Five centres of excellence and five leading Slovak research groups cover the University Science Park TECHNICOM. The University is part of numerous partnerships thanks to which it collaborates closely in scientific areas with more than 90 universities from almost 30 countries. These research groups have successfully completed many high-level projects at the university and they are still working on several high-level scientific projects. All TUKE Faculties collaborate with commercial partners with the aim of transferring the research results to the corporate dimension. The application of scientific results is a very important strength. The University is currently carrying out research projects funded by Horizon 2020 in areas related to those of the ErgoDesign project. For example, „A customized integrated care approach for service organizations and care models for patients with multi-morbidities and chronic conditions” and „Pulsating water jet as an orthopaedic technique without thermal and mechanical damage of large joints with an impact minimal traumatizing on the patient „: the results of these projects will be transferred to the execution of the ErgoDesign.
Óbuda University (ÓU) is one of the largest and strongest technical universities in Hungary with more than 11,000 students (650 international), 900 employees and 580 teaching staff. It has well-established and recognized practice oriented Bachelor, theory and practice based Master, and theory based PhD programs. ÓU also runs high-level vocational training, distant learning, and professional extension courses, and offers a wide spectrum of other educational possibilities: various levels of national and international courses, open days, job fairs, dual and cooperative education, soft skill and language skill development trainings, practical knowledge coaching, etc. ÓU maintains international relations in 49 countries, with 231 foreign higher education institutions and research institutes, and coordinate several student and academic exchange programs. ÓU has 7 faculties focusing on technology, architecture, mechanical, electrical, environmental, informatics and civil engineering. ÓU has 3 doctoral schools (DS on Applied Informatics and Applied Mathematics, DS on Materials Sciences and Technologies, and DS on Safety and Security Sciences). ÓU has 6 research centers (ABC Center for Intelligent Robotics; Bio-Tech Research Center; SmartLab Knowledge Center for cross-disciplinary and innovative business activities based on the R&D competencies; Alternative Energy Sources Research Center; Physiological Controls Research Center (PhysCon); and HECON – Health Economics Research Center) under the umbrella of the University Research and Innovation Center (EKIK). The John von Neumann Faculty of Informatics (NIK) strengthens the professional background of BSc, MSc and doctoral (PhD) training with nationally and internationally recognized researchers, specialists and outstanding companies in the field of R&D. In addition to education, it focuses on the integrated cultivation of a strong research and development-centric organization, biotechnology, health informatics, robotics, and applied computer science. These activities feedback to the NIK’s activities in the area of Artificial Intelligence primarily at its Institute of Biomatics and Applied Artificial Intelligence (BMI). ÓU is the only higher-education institution that launches general technical higher-level vocational training in Hungary, where the last year specialisation in mechanical engineering, electrotechnics and electronics, light industry, printing, environmental engineering, water management can be attained. ÓU, in order to strengthen the practice-oriented education and cooperation with the industry (involving company representatives into the education, closer industrial collaborations), has performed curriculum development in numerous fields for the last years (blended, MOOC, etc.). In the course of industrial cooperation (common courses, open days, job fairs, dual and cooperative educations), the companies declared more developmental needs and suggestions (soft skill development, practical knowledge, language skills, mobility). In the course of our developments we take these needs into account as they also foster the latter employability of our students.
ValueDo s.r.l. is a company specialized in introducing innovation in Universities and public bodies, especially in the fields of e-learning and blended education. It also provides training and support in the fields of entrepreneurial education, addressed both to start-uppers and already established companies. The company adopts its own methodologies and other tools developed by managers and employees within other European projects. The company provides also consulting and support to public administrations, enterprises of all dimensions, local bodies, research centres, and universities, toward access to European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF). Currently, Valuedo is partner in 5 Knowledge Alliances projects, in all the case with the role of supporting the Universities in the digital transformation processes and embedding new digital technologies as good practices in their training activities. Valuedo provides its services independently to the Faculty of teaching sector of the Universities: indeed its activities vary from the topics of agriculture education (SPARKLE and e-TOMATO projects), medicine (SAFETY), IT and Artificial Intelligence (PLANET4), Industrial Engineering and Management (IE3). It is also partner in two Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education projects: FUTURES, where the company applies its innovative strategies to the field of future-literacy and foresight for training University students, early-stage researchers and high-school students in the design of their personal and professional development; and HOTSUP, aimed at enhancing HEI educators skills for enabling them to develop digital training contents for learners attending courses in the virtual/extended class. Furthermore, ValueDo carries out an activity of research dedicated to the evaluation and definition of strategies and the best initiatives within the strategic planning in addition to the use of EU structural funds. ValueDo manages the coworking space 91C on public socioeconomic innovation policies in Florence. In the company’s network, there are many professionals and companies that can be activated in case of researches, investigations, and other fields of research in order to involve them in educational activities.