Project meeting and block course in Arusha, Tanzania – 5-9 November 2018

The DAMOC project (Development of a HArmonized MOdular Curriculum for the Smart Grid), aims at fostering capacity building in the field of Smart Grids by developing a harmonized, modular curriculum. The objective of the project is to produce new, interdisciplinary master courses implemented by the partnering institutions in Africa, in running laboratories, in online courses, improving networking force between the partners. The last meeting took place in the wonderful facilities of Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha from November, 5th to 9th 2018. The intent was to present and develop the Training work package included in the DAMOC project.

USGM and the other partners involved provided the targeted HEIs Tanzanina teaching staff the skills and knowledge necessary to organize and improve master courses in the field of Smart Grids in their institutions.
In particular, both days were spent presenting the new didactic materials developed so far and training the professors on different aspects of European best practices and the Bologna Process. Lastly, USGM was directly involved in presenting its distinctive online teaching methods, including assessments and lessons.

Several positive feedbacks were expressed by Tanzanian partners and they also demonstrate interest in getting more involved in blended and e-learning didactic solutions.
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Project meeting and block course in Arusha, Tanzania – 5-9 November 2018

Brights IV project meeting in Athens: experimental phase highlights

The Hellenic Professionals Informatics Society (HePIS), hosted on June 7th and 8th, the fourth BRIGHTS (Boosting Global Citizenship Education Using Digital Storytelling) project meeting in Athens, Greece. The objective of the two-day meeting was to provide the partnering groups the opportunity to review the activities implemented so far, with a specific interest towards the piloting phase and status of the project. In fact, the partners focused on presenting the results obtained with the teacher training system involving the BRIGHTS MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and face-to face lessons Global Citizenship Education and Digital Storytelling. In brief, the results demonstrated that 535 teachers/trainers coming from the four project countries (Greece, Belgium, Croatia, and Italy) benefited from the BRIGHTS MOOC. In addition, 98% of them evaluated as worthwhile the organization, the learning outcomes and the learning material, and declared that they would be interested in taking part in a similar course in the future. However, while the Face-to-Face training phase is ongoing in some of the partnering countries, the total target of 100 teachers trained – that is 25 teachers per country – will most likely be reached. BRIGHTS initiated on March 2018 and currently, alongside students, youngsters and teachers, we entered the final stage of digital story creation that will conclude in August 2018. In this final stage, the pupils, alongside BRIGHTS trained teachers, are creating digital stories on Global Citizenship and will then participate at the BRIGHTS Contest awards. The four national winners will receive their award at the “BRIGHTS Awards Ceremony for the best digital story”, which will take place on October 18th, during the renowned ALL DIGITAL Summit in Brussels.

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16th SymOrg 2018: Doing Business in the Digital Age, challenges, approaches and solutions

The last meeting of the XVI International Symposium SymOrg 2018 was held on June 10th, 2018 in “Ratko Mitrovic” Zlatibor, Serbia. The conference focused on the challenges faced by business in the digital age, presenting 92 scientific research papers, on potential solutions and approaches regarding the topic. Arturo Lavalle, Head of Research&Development Department, alongside Professor Simone Labella at Guglielmo Marconi University joined the meeting focusing on Industry 4.0 competence demand: the importance of training of trainers and Disclosure on Intellectual Capital in the Age of Industry 4.0.

They paid attention to Italy’s imminent need for new approaches and solutions in order to provide students with qualified training and to stay competitive in the Industry 4.0. They also addressed the relevance of the Intellectual Capital (IC) speaking about competitive businesses and markets in the age of exploitation of resources.

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16th SymOrg 2018

JOIN BEEHIVE MOOC and Reinforce Ecosystem of Academic Entrepreneurship!

BEEHIVE MOOC on entrepreneurship has just started! It allows partners to diffuse interesting notions regarding start-up initiatives, game changing role for job creation and personal development to students. All students and worldwide interested audience are invited to join the innovative educational process by registering on Baguio, Philippines is location of fourth and last project meeting of the European project BEEHIVE - Building Entrepreneurial Ecosystems to Enhance Higher Education Value-Added for Better Graduate Employability. It is aimed at creating sustainable university-based entrepreneurial ecosystems in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and at enhancing students and graduates innovation skills, fostering the entrepreneurial drive and the creation of jobs. Baguio meeting was focused on Start-up business planning, on project validation, on pitch deck preparation, on Mentoring and coaching, on the Practical approaches to financial modelling for start-ups and on reviewing the investor predisposition. Lastly the partners will create start-up accelerator courses in Universities, incentivizing students to explore the entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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DISCOVER Project: Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship, and New Technologies

DISCOVER project held its second meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on March 27-29, organized by the renowned Industrial Research Institute of Automation and Measurements PIAP, a robotics firm best known for its important technological achievements in the Industry. DISCOVER is an exploitation of synergies within the research sphere. It promotes innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and the use of new technologies, by encouraging the collaboration between VET (Vocational Education and Training) Institutions, HEIs and research centers. The most interesting aspect of this project is precisely the contribution to the development of innovative methods and pedagogies enhancing the effectiveness of ICTs and of new technologies as the main drivers of progress in VET education and training. DISCOVER aims at providing non-formal educational training programs and resources to improve key digital and STEM competences of less proficient STEM VET learners, in particular by linking STEM to Art & Design (STEAM). The conference mainly focused on developing new Master Classes, such as the Route to Science Class, designed by HEI staff and students and organized at VET schools as extracurricular activity. The project strategy combines on site lab tours and informative interactive talks on preselected scientific topics with relevant aspects from young people’s lives. DISCOVER is not only a driver of progress but also a pivotal actor in directing the EU Goals towards innovation, the intersection of science and society and the promotion of formal and non-formal education between teachers, students and researchers.

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