The Erasmus+ project ICARUS kicked off with a project meeting in Malta on 30 October, according to a press statement sent to Business Malta. Project partners met in Malta to discuss the challenges faced by educators and learners within higher education institutions in teaching subjects relating to industry 4.0.
The uptake of digital manufacturing technologies within industries has increased considerably in recent years, but engineers do not always have the necessary skills and knowledge to enable the implementation of innovative and cutting-edge solutions, the UM says in a press statement. Industry insiders increasingly struggle to find qualified talent to develop state of the art solutions.
The project focusses on addressing these skills gaps by developing openly-accessible training material which can be used by both educators and learners alike over the two and a half year project.
During the meeting, the partners discussed how this can be feasibly achieved during the timeframe of the ICARUS project. They also discussed how to implement innovative pedagogic solutions in order to improve the efficacy of knowledge transfer.
The ICARUS project, coordinated by the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Malta, is in partnership with the Free University of Bolzano, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, University of Minho and the Politehnica University of Bucharest.