The main goal of the project is to enhance the innovation capacity or the participating EIT RIS countries by improving their educational framework and by boosting their digital capabilities in order to face the future manufacturing challenges. According to the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) 2018, all the EIT RIS countries addressed by the project show a lower performance than the EU average regarding advanced digital skills and development and lower integration of digital technology in companies than the best performance countries.
In this framework, the activity aims to deliver a programme where students, researchers and companies will work together to mutually develop skills through co-creating solutions to industrial manufacturing challenges; combining Teaching Factory (TF) and Learning Factory (LF) concepts with Open Innovation practices, addressing the demands of both students and professionals. This will be achieved through a collaborative network, facilitating the exchange of industrial challenges and providing novel solutions, bringing together academia and industry. The network will comprise local nodes represented by activity partners. Each node will be connected with a number of industrial stakeholders (SMEs, mid-caps and LEs), and their role will be twofold; on the one hand to provide relevant manufacturing challenges through their stakeholders and generalize them for educational/training process, and on the other hand to provide novel concepts, ideas and approaches for the aforementioned challenges. Solutions can be generated either by academia (as applied research results) or by industry (as best practices and success stories). Each challenge along with the knowledge generated will be shared with the complete network, creating value across all participating EIT RIS countries. Over and above, the consortium envisions to implement outreach activities and be open in other EIT RIS countries, further extending the expected impact.
- Framework, methodology and tools to set up TFs and LFs.
- A network of TFs and LFs in EIT RIS locations, with knowledge/education providers and companies willing to adopt Open Innovation.
- A programme demonstrated and validated in 4 RIS EIT countries, adaptable to regional characteristics and ready to be adopted by other Innovation Hubs.
- An open access database that will contain methodology, reports and best practices that can serve as examples for setting up additional TFs in other EIT RIS countries, with no EIT presence.
- Raise awareness actions on TFs and LFs in 5 additional countries.
- Raising awareness and demonstrating the concepts of TF & LF in 4 EIT RIS countries.
- Demonstration of TF & LF concept allowing educational institutes to innovate the way manufacturing education is delivered, resulting in closer matching the
- skills demanded by the industry and gain attracti
- Companies will gain access to expert knowledge and to a pool of novel ideas that can be benchmarked in academic environment, per specific need.
- Companies will have the opportunity to learn from each other, exchange ideas, best practices and success stories.
- Creating, installing and further developing TF & LF in 4 EIT RIS countries
- Students will gain the right skills to become future manufacturing experts and increase their employability.
- Universities and RTOs will better align their research focus with industrial needs.
- Improving the methodology and didactics of TF & LF taking into account any relevant characteristics in EIT RIS countries
- Integrate the specific characteristics of the involved countries, by addressing areas of industrial specialization and educational needs.
- Open Innovation concept will boost the overall knowledge content and competitiveness of manufacturing
- Socioeconomic benefits to the countries and regions where the programme is adopted by attracting and maintaining talent and entrepreneurship