DIGIMAN project to lay the groundwork for a new Masters in Science program in Digital Manufacturing

This innovative program will encompass all relevant Industry 4.0 technologies, covering the most known technologies as well as case studies from stakeholders' platforms/technologies, resulting in a digital transformation of the education process
PORTO SALVO, Portugal - April 13, 2020 - PRLog -- Digital technologies are sweeping through all economic sectors, transforming traditional ways of doing business, while rendering other obsolete. Manufacturing is also quickly integrating digital as part of its processes, and all its ecosystem is feeling the impact, from ideation to design, from manufacturers to their supply chain, and from the former to buyers. Working in this complex environment requires more than the knowledge of a specific digital tool or how it applies to manufacturing, it demands professionals capable of grasping the full ecosystem and the implications of digital transformation in each and every area of manufacturing. The DIGIMAN project aims to do just that by laying the foundation of a Masters in Science focused on Digital Manufacturing that encompasses all relevant technologies towards the 4th Industrial Revolution.

This two-year project brings together a total of seven partners from six countries – Romania, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Hungary and Germany – and targets the overall ecosystem of manufacturing, touching teachers, students, technology developers, industry and higher education Institutions. Its expected outcomes encompass increasing the level of digital competences for students and teachers, as well as the level of cooperation between higher education institutions and industry stakeholders. On a broader scale, it also aims at improving transnational cooperation between universities, technology developers and industry's stakeholders and to improve the teaching/learning framework within Europe by providing lesson materials and real-life case studies to be used in a blended learning environment, leveraging the best of both e-learning and classroom learning.

Upon the completion of the project, the new digital manufacturing Masters in Science programme will be integrated as part of the educational offering of the University of Craiova, with the continuous update of the content of lessons materials for the next four years and the continuous consultation of industry stakeholders to improve the educational materials.

Deliverables and complementarity with other programs

To achieve its objectives, the program will develop a number of activities in all countries that participate on the consortium, starting with surveys to assess the digital manufacturing competences required in industrial engineering field, to evaluate Industry 4.0 requirements, and a last one, to all stakeholders, to assess the competences provided by the foreseen curriculum and a specific one for teachers/students related to the overall quality of the project's products.

The project will provide one curriculum for the master program, 12 lessons materials covering the programme study, while also developing one database with questions and answers for the examination process, and one learning management system for the master programme study and the three short-term courses developed.

The short-term courses will be provided to 16 teachers, which will be awarded certificates, with an additional 14 teachers trained after that.

But DIGIMAN is not alone in tackling the issue of qualifications for Industry 4.0. The project ADMIRE (ERASMUS+) address the lack of comprehensive and all-encompassing curricula/education in universities to drive the need of professionals with additive manufacturing proficiency. The DIGIWELD project (ERASMUS +) is also complementary in that it deals with new innovative digital tools for teaching/learning using augmented reality and welding simulators, where DIGIMAN will also provide products based on extended reality which includes augmented reality. Other ERASMUS + projects like MICROBOND, FUTUREWELD and LOGIN are complementary with DIGIMAN as they also look at developing elaborated digital tools for teaching, learning and assessing.

Project partners

The project consortium comprises a combination of industry representatives and institutions from the training side. University of Craiova (https://www.ucv.ro/en/) a Romanian prestigious institution of higher education, is leading the project, which also includes The European Federation of Welding, Joining and Cutting (www.ewf.be), Lisbon's University (https://www.ulisboa.pt/), the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (https://www.bme.hu), the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (https://www.utcluj.ro/), Augmented Training Services, S.L. (www.soldamatic.com)  and UniTyLab of Heilbronn University (https://www.unitylab.de).

DIGIMAN - Digital Manufacturing Master Degree to set specialists for the dawn of the Industry 4.0 is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, through Call 2019 Round 1 KA2.

About the European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting

EWF is a pioneer in implementing a harmonized qualification and certification system for joining professionals. Through European projects EWF has been innovating in training methodologies and involved in the development of new technologies and uses for joining. Through its member organisations, EWF has established a firm link to the local industry, providing knowledge and training as well as participating in research initiatives that address the most pressing questions and challenges in the field of joining technologies.


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