The SMACITE initiative will define an educational curriculum to train smart city experts
The SMACITE project will define the educational curriculum to train and certify technicians and engineers specialised in smart cities. It will run until mid-2025 under the coordination of the University of Patras (Greece) with a budget of 1.34 million euros linked to the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. The SMACITE consortium brings together 12 organisations from Greece, Spain, Bulgaria, Italy and Belgium, representing different stakeholders sharing a common vision: higher education institutions, vocational education and training providers, IT and technology business associations, public sector organisations and a certification body.
In the field of smart cities, there is a lack of specialised education and training programmes that combine an adaptive mix of technical and non-technical skills and competences essential for technicians and engineers to design, deploy and operate smart and sustainable cities.
In this context, the SMACITE project aims to address this skills gap by designing and testing a vocational education and training programme.
The SMACITE project envisages the design of a smart city competence map and smart city job profiles according to the ESCO (European Classification of Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations). This will be tested in four pilot projects in universities and training centres in Greece, Spain, Bulgaria and Italy, with the participation of more than 150 students.
It also foresees the development of a curriculum combining technical and non-technical skills and competences, promoting personalised learning pathways; and learning resources for smart cities enabling technologies and for building the soft skills of technicians and engineers in this field.
Other expected outputs are a diagnostic tool to identify personalised learning pathways, a MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) for smart cities enabling technologies, and virtual worlds to develop the soft, green and entrepreneurial skills of technicians and engineers in the field of smart cities.