HEIn4 project aims at solving the identified problem of disproportion between the availability of technologies relevant to Industry 4.0 and the lack of experience in Georgia and Ukraine in re-setting the business model of an enterprise in order to enable comprehensive utilisation of the opportunities arising under emerging paradigm of the new Industrial Revolution.
The WIDER PROJECT OBJECTIVE is - to reinforce the role of HEIs in assisting the industrial transformation in Ukraine and Georgia under the Industry 4.0 paradigm.
SPECIFIC PROJECT OBJECTIVES are:
The content of the courses and the consultancy services delivered under Objective 2, as well as the module developed under Objective 3 and curriculum revision under Objective 4, will not only ensure the longterm leadership of the HEIs in an ongoing industrial revolution but will address such urgent needs of industry as:
HEIn4 will contribute solving the industry’s existential need - to remain competitive under conditions of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
In the national context, the objectives correspond to the state agenda and are geared towards the important socioeconomic targets (industry’s competitiveness, role of the HEIs in a society, employability of graduates, skills shortage avoidance etc.) which will also ensure and that the EU assistance will feasibly result in substantial progress in the project field delivering the sustainable results which can be widely multiplied across both Georgia and Ukraine.
HEIn4 project consists of three core blocks designed to bring the established objectives of the project and four sets of supportive actions aimed to ensure smooth implementation of the project, high quality and sustainability of its deliverables.
Workpackage 1 – Study the experience of EU HEIs
Workpackage foresees 2 rounds of training visits to EU partners. The first round is for academic staff from Georgian and Ukrainian HEIs with a purpose to learn the new teaching methods and content of the curriculum relevant to business management under conditions of the new Industrial Revolution. The second round is for administrators from Georgian and Ukrainian HEIs (rectorate, faculty deans) with a target to learn the institutional issues – institutionalisation, interfaculty collaboration, feedback to curriculum from industry etc.
Participants of training visits will be selected based on such criteria as experience in curriculum development, language skills, commitment to project goals and gender equality. Participants of study visits will be involved to deliver the creative outcomes of the project and will share their experience at Seminars in Georgia and Ukraine.
Following activities will be carried out:
Workpackage 2 – Curriculum for Industry 4.0
Workpackage is designed to satisfy the urgent needs of industry by providing the specialized retraining courses for employees and by enhancing the teaching of Master programmes by delivery Industry 4.0 context and thus to equip graduates with the better employment opportunities and strategically prevent the skills shortage in a longer term perspective.
Optimal duration of course will be defined based on the EU experience in consultations with the industrial partners. Teaching materials will be developed in order to ensure fast conversion of initially on-site training into mixed and distance learning formats.
To more comprehensively exploit the expertise attained, the HEIn4 project will deliver the insights on the new transdisciplinary competencies required for operating the factories of the future and how this can be addressed in higher engineering education.
Following activities will be carried out:
Workpackage 3 – Capacity building
Workpackage is designed to improve the capacities of Georgian and Ukrainian HEIs to embed the aspects of Industry 4.0 concept into the teaching practice and to provide the relevant up-to-date service for industry.
Within this workpackage the Virtual Factory Learning Lab will be created at each Georgian and Ukrainian university – partner of HEIn4 project. Labs will be established as a training platform for simulating the real business processes in virtual environment.
To get acquainted with real life business management in the Industry 4.0 context, the staff members of the Labs will visit the EU industrial partner Volvo Cars Gent which is one of the most advanced European enterprises and a leader in application of the Industry 4.0 technologies and business management principles. Experience will be shared on Workshops in Georgia and Ukraine.
Lab’s staff will consolidate the human resource from various faculties for rendering the consultancy services. Scope of these services will not be limited only to the project context (business management reconfiguration) but will even go wider including also mastering of new technologies.
Following activities will be carried out:
Workpackage 4 – Quality plan
The set of QC activities will be performed in order to keep the relevance of project activities to the needs of the target groups and to ensure the high quality of project deliverables. The mechanisms of both internal and external QC will be applied.
From the inception of the project the Reference Group, responsible for Quality Control are created at each Georgian and Ukrainian university including: vice-rector (head), faculty dean, member of academ staff, student and representative from industry. Meetings of Reference Gropus will be organised for discussion of achieved results and brainstorming. Upon the evaluation by Reference Gropus, the adjustment mechanisms will be developed, where necessary to ensure that outcomes are reached as planned.
The questionnaire will be developed to collect the feedback from attendees of new courses in order to further improve the quality of teaching and to better address the needs of particular sub-groups (e.g. large industry, SMEs, production and services sectors and so on).
Following activities will be carried out:
Workpackage 5 – Dissemination
Workpackage foresees the of actions developed to ensure that all target groups of HEIn4 project are aware of project, understand their benefits and committed to act towards the wider objective of the project within and beyond the project lifetime.
Following activities will be carried out:
Workpackage 6 – Exploitation
Pilot trial of the project deliverables will be started during the project’s lifetime in order to assess the quality and, while the project is on-going, to introduce the necessary improvements in case any gaps or problems will be identified. This Workpackage will contribute to the sustainability of project results after HEIn4 project will be finished.
Following exploitation activities will be carried out:
Workpackage 7 – Management
Project management strategy is focused on delivery of high quality outcomes by:
-consolidated teamwork of all project partners;
The operational project management will be performed by Project Management Board that will have the semi-annual Coordination Meetings were partners will:
-discuss Activity Evaluation Reports;
-discuss and evaluate performance/deliverables
-approve contingency measures with respect to identified risks/assumptions;
-schedule upcoming activities/events.
Following management activities will be carried out:
|Materials of project meetings|
Kick-off meeting (on-line event), 22/06/2020
Consortium meeting (on-line event), 10/07/2020
Meeting of EU partners (on-line event), 07/09/2020
Meeting of UA partners(on-line event), 14/09/2020
Consortium meeting (on-line event), 17/09/2020
Seminar in Odessa, 25-26/09/2020
Webinar from Instituto Politécnico do Porto, 29/09/2020
Seminar in Dnipro, 01-02/10/2020
Webinar from Georgia's Innovation and Technology Agency, 07/10/2020
Webinar from Instituto Politécnico do Porto and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 13/10/2020
Seminar in Lutsk, 15-16/10/2020
Webinar from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 20/10/2020
Preventive monitoring of the project by National Erasmus+ Offices
Monitoring of the project by NEO in Georgia (on-line event), 14/10/2020
Monitoring of the project by NEO in Ukraine (on-line event), 21/10/2020
Webinar from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Instituto Politécnico do Porto, 10/11/2020
Consortium meeting (on-line event), 26/11/2020
Consortium meeting (on-line event), 14/01/2021
Webinar from Ukrainian industrial partner Daughter Enterprise “Festo” for Georgian universities, 05/02/2021
Webinar from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 22/02/2021
Webinar Instituto Politécnico do Porto, 23/02/2021
Webinar from Ukrainian industrial partner Daughter Enterprise “Festo” for Georgian and Ukrainian universities, 04/03/2021
Webinar Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 22/04/2021
Consortium meeting, 17/05/2021
Consortium meeting, 29/06/2021
Consortium meeting, 25/10/2021
Consortium meeting (on-line event), 22/10/2020
Webinar from Instituto Politécnico do Porto, 27/10/2020
Webinar from industrial project partner Daughter Enterprise “Festo” for NMAU, 27/10/2020
Webinar from industrial project partner Daughter Enterprise “Festo” for ONMU, 01/12/2020
HEIn4 project at Autumn School “Transfer of Technologies and Innovations: European and Ukrainian Experience”, 04/11/2020
Seminar in Pokrovs’k, 12-13/11/2020
Webinar from Instituto Politécnico do Porto, 24/11/2020
Webinar from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 15/12/2020
Workshop “University leadership in the transition towards Industry 4.0”, 17-18/02/2021
Consortium meeting, 25/02/2021
Webinar Instituto Politécnico do Porto, 09/03/2021
Consortium meeting, 25/03/2021
Webinar from Volvo Cars Gent, 05/05/2021
Webinar Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, 26/05/2021
Round Table “Industry transformation in the Industry 4.0 context: challenges and perspectives for regional enterprises”, 23-26/06/2021
Consortium meeting, 13/12/2021
SYLLABUSES OF NEW DISCIPLINES, DEVELOPED IN HEIn4
Virtual Factory Learning Labs at partner universities
Dissemination leaflets for Georgia and Ukraine
Introduction to Industry 4.0
Learning FactoriesImplications for Learning Factories from Industry 4.0:Challenges for the human factor in future production scenarios
Curriculum development, skills identification
Didactic literature on engineering education
We are glad to share with you the information about main activities and achievements of HEIn4 project. Presented materials are developed for public use and you are welcome to download, read and distribute them with the appropriate reference to the HEIn4 project.
Information and news about HEIn4 project activities:
Article “Industry 4.0 – new module in Management and High Tech Lab for BTU students” dedicated to the HEIn4 project activities published at Georgian in Georgian online information press (AMBEBI), 20/07/2020
News “Volvo and other Industry leaders will introduce Industry 4.0 innovations at BTU Master’s program” dedicated to the HEIn4 project published on the website of Business and Technology University, 21/07/2020
Article “Volvo and other Industry leaders will introduce Industry 4.0 innovations at BTU Master’s program” dedicated to the HEIn4 project activities published at Georgian in Georgian online information press (Business Press News), 21/07/2020
News on the webinar "Strengthening the role of universities in the new paradigm of the industrial revolution 4.0: challenges, goals, objectives" dedicated to the HEIn4 project activities at Lutsk National Technical University and published on the project's Facebook page, 07/10/2020
Article: “Monitoring of project «Boosting the role of HEIs in the industrial transformation towards the Industry 4.0 paradigm in Georgia and Ukraine / HEIn4» in Ukraine” published on the website of Lutsk National Technical University, 21/10/2020
News about the awarding of the academic staff with the Certificates from FESTO company as a result of the successful accomplishment the training performed within the HEIn4 Project, published on the website of Lutsk National Technical University, 06/11/2020
Publication on the Facebook page of ONMU about the webinar "Education Industry 4.0 on the online learning system Festo LX” from Daughter Enterprise “Festo” and master class from Prof. Iryna Nyenno, 01/12/2020
Publication on the Instagram channel of ONMU about the webinar "Education Industry 4.0 on the online learning system Festo LX” from Daughter Enterprise “Festo” and master class from Prof. Iryna Nyenno, 01/12/2020
News about the awarding of the participants of the training with the Certificates from FESTO company within the HEIn4.0 Project, published on the website of Donetsk National Technical University (in Ukrainian language), 01/12/2020 and in English language;
Synergy with Jean Monnet project 611679-EPP-1–2019–1-UA-EPPJMO-MODULE «European Experience in Technology Transfer for Ukrainian Universities» / ExTech – giving lectures by Iryna Nyenno, ONMU, Ukraine “Higher educational institutions' role in the industry 4.0 epoch: balance factor in polarized cholism”– for Spring School 3-4 March 2021 «Technology and Innovation Transfer: European and Ukrainian Experience»
Presentation of the Rector of Business and Technology University delivered at International Post-Covid Discussion 2021 organized by BTU, 22/03/2021; information available in the article published in BusinessPressNews
News on the BTU official FB page: “Opening of the new Tech Laboratory at BTU – tech solutions in Business, consultations, trainings and masterclasses for industrial partners with support of European Union”, 25/03/2021
Research paper from the HEIn4 project team of Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University: Hrinchenko, Y. (2021), “Implications of the “Industry 4.0” Concept on Management Practice”, Journal of Applied Management and Investments, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 31-41, 29/03/2021
Announcement of the International webinar from European partners: "Digital twins: overview and case studies", 19/04/2021 (information published on the website of Donetsk National Technical University). Additional information on the Facebook page of Donetsk National Technical University, 19/04/2021
Information about DonNTU scientists’ participation in international scientific forum “International Conference on Water, Energy, Food and Sustainability” (ICoWEFS 2021), 17/05/2021 on the DonNTU web-site; Information on the Facebook page of Donetsk National Technical University, 17/05/2021;
Collaboration with HEI “Chernigivska Politechnika” – participation of Iryna Nyenno, ONMU, Ukraine, in the forum “Three Days of Innovations” with HEIN4 project presentation "The role of higher education institutions in the era of industry 4.0", 08/06/2021;
Participation of Iryna Nyenno, Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University in the online round table “Are we able to reach learning outcomes online?” of Kiyv School of Economics as a speaker with the presentation of Virtual Factory Learning Lab, 15/06/2021;
Information on the Facebook page of the Faculty of Economics and Law about the awarding ceremony for the prize-winners of the Competition of the Council of Young Scientists of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. The Nomination “Virtual Reality Technologies in Science” – winner: Iryna Nyenno, awarded as a title of the “Best young scientists 2021”, 30.09.2021;
News on the official web-site of Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University about the awarding ceremony for the prize-winners of the Competition of the Council of Young Scientists of the Ministry of Science and Education of Ukraine. The Nomination “Virtual Reality Technologies in Science” – winner: Iryna Nyenno, awarded as a title of the “Best young scientists 2021”, 07.10.2021;
A seminar on teaching the discipline "Industry 4.0: Business Management" under the Erasmus + project was held at DonNTU, 08/12/2021 (offical web-site publication). Publication on the Facebook page of Donetsk National Technical University, 08/12/2021;
Opening of a new Mini-Factory Learning Lab within the Erasmus+ project at the Department of Chemical Technologies and Chemical Engineering at DonNTU, 15/12/2021 (offical web-site publication); Publication on the Facebook page of Donetsk National Technical University, 15/12/2021;
Videos about HEIn4 project activities:
Video about the seminar-training from Daughter Enterprise «FESTO» “The concept of Industry 4.0 in the education of managers and economists: theory and practice” at the Odessa I.I. Mechnikov National University, 25-26/09/2020;
Information about the HEIn4 project on the websites of project partners:
Web-site of the Strategic Development and International Relations Department of BSU where the list and short description of the projects co-funded by the Erasmus+programme of the European Union are presented. Web-site includes the finalized as well as the current projects of Batumi Shota Rustavelli State University
Official web-site of the Faculty of Exact Sciences and Education of the Batumi Shota Rustavelli State University, section “projects” with the list and short descriptions of the projects the Faculty is engaged in
For any enquiries concerning the HEIn4 project please contact the relevant member of the project management team:
Project Coordinator: Mr. Geert De Lepeleer
Project Co-Coordinator in EU: Prof. Philippe Saey
Project Co-Coordinator in Georgia: Ms. Ani Chelishvili
Project Co-Coordinator in Ukraine: Prof. Volodymyr Shatokha
Project Administrator: Ms. Ellen Matthijs
Project Administrator: Assoc. Prof. Oleksandr Zhadanos
Contact person at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven: Mr. Geert De Lepeleer
Contact person at Instituto Politécnico do Porto: Prof. Paulo Ávila
Contact person at KTH Royal Institute of Technology: Mr. Victor Kordas
Contact person at Volvo Cars Gent: Mr. Bart Thoen
Contact person at Akaki Tsereteli State University: Mr. David Gegechkori
Contact person at Batumi Shota Rustavelli State University: Prof. Lela Turmanidze
Contact person at Business and Technology University: Ms. Ani Chelishvili
Contact person at Georgia's Innovation and Technology Agency: Ms. Annie Vashakmadze
Contact person at Donetsk National Technical University: Prof. Iryna Shvets
Contact person at Lutsk National Technical University: Prof. Mykola Melnychuk
Contact person at National Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine: Prof. Volodymyr Shatokha
Contact person at Odessa I.I.Mechnikov National University: Prof. Iryna Nyenno
Contact person at Daughter Enterprise “Festo”: Mr. Ievgen Ryzhenko