The HEIn4 project has been funded within the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) is responsible for the management of all Erasmus+ actions. 

Industrialised world rapidly changes its development paradigm which brought most advanced countries on a brink of new industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, which could boost productivity and value added and stimulate economic growth. EU is among the most prominent leaders in this process.

Industry 4.0 is a term applied to a group of rapid transformations in design, manufacture, operation and service of manufacturing systems and products. Technological transformation and operation excellence (including automation, connectivity, robotisation, industrial internet of things etc.) itself do not constitute 4th industrial revolution. Really revolutionary change requires reconfiguration of enterprise’s business model in order to assign much greater significance to creation of value from generated data, to give more central role to end-users (customers) and networks that enable value creation.

For economies in countries of former Soviet Union the global industrial transformation poses existential challenge: many existing factories are outdated; even advanced enterprises usually opt for the well proven technologies being reluctant to invest into breakthrough solutions. This greatly relates to predominance of short-term strategies and focus on making fast profit instead of aiming at long-term competitiveness. If this trend is not taken care of properly, technology gap will inevitably grow.

In Ukraine the Industry 4.0 is not unknown and the certain level of awareness has been created notably in relationship to Internet Technologies, Artificial Intelligence and, to some extent, manufacturing. This includes also recently performed EU-funded Erasmus+ project ALIOT (Internet of Things: Emerging Curriculum for Industry and Human Applications, 2015-2018) which focused creation of professional community in Internet of Things, robotics, computer networks and microcontrollers. Some “grassroots” initiatives also are known with most prominent “Industry 4.0 in UA” ( created by Association of Industrial Automation of UA. However, all of them focus on technology side.

For Georgia Industry 4.0 is relatively new concept, though HEIn4 participants already had research activities with relevance to this topic. One of main research priorities for HEIs is development of Georgia's Human Capital. Training and research focus on identifying skills and competencies needed for future employability in Georgia and provision of education to meet these needs taking into account the Industry 4.0 paradigm. Georgian participants of HEIn4 plan to work in partnership with relevant Government Ministries and disseminate outcomes of this initiative in order to help them make well informed policy decisions. No any EU funded projects with relevance to Industry 4.0 existed in Georgia so far.

Analysis performed allows to identify COMMON PROBLEM for both Georgia and Ukraine as follows: the disproportion between availability of technologies relevant to Industry 4.0 and lack of the experience in re-setting of business models hinder the comprehensive industrial transformation.

HEIn4 project addresses the identified need of bridging this disproportion by reinforcing the role of HEIs in assisting 4th Industrial Revolution in Georgia and Ukraine through:

-building the capacities in HEIs (human resource and institutional units);
-delivery of tailored courses for the industrial personnel;
-launching the consultancy services for industrial companies (large and SME);
-setting new taught module for Master students.

Through intervention in this sphere HEIn4 project will assist not only wider uptake of new technology but also will help to deliver an added value to a full possible extent and thus enable exploitation of all opportunities the Industry 4.0 delivers.

Our objectives

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.


  1. To reinforce capacities in HEIs (human resource, material base and institutional units) in response to emerging Industry 4.0 paradigm;
  2. To reinforce collaboration of HEIs with industry by delivery tailored courses and consultancy services for the companies (large and SME) towards exploring the opportunities of new Industrial Revolution through reconfiguration of business models;
  3. To set new taught module "Industry 4.0 Business Management" for the MSc students for enhancing graduates' employability under emerging market conditions;
  4. To develop recommendations for updating the Engineering curriculum towards competencies required for operating the factories of the future.

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:

  • availability of staff with new skills;
  • ability to transform own industrial culture;
  • ability to revolutionary reconfigure own business model.

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.

The project

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:

  • Study of teaching methodologies and curriculum in relationship to Industry 4.0;
  • Development of methodology concept and content of curriculum;
  • Study of capacity building practices for collaboration with industry;
  • Development of Case Studies

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:

  • Development of short courses for upgrading industrial staff;
  • Development of taught module "Industry 4.0 Business Management" for Master students;
  • Development of recommendations for updating Engineering curriculum.


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:

  • Setting the Virtual Factory Learning Labs;
  • Upgrading the staff for the Labs;
  • Development of content and capacity for consultancy services.


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:

  • Creation of Reference Group;
  • Semi-annual meetings of RG;
  • Evaluation of short courses for industry.

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:

  • Dissemination via project web-site;
  • Development of semi-annual dissemination leaflets;
  • Holding the Seminars, Workshops and Conferences in Georgia and Ukraine.

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:

  • Pilot teaching to industrial staff;
  • Pilot teaching to university students;
  • Launching the Services of Virtual factory Learning Labs;
  • Adjustment of deliverables;
  • Holding the round tables with stakeholders under the Labs auspices;
  • Permanent colloquium for retraining of teaching staff;
  • Development of Business Sustainability Plans for Labs;
  • Establishing the International network of Labs.


Workpackage 7 – Management

Project management strategy is focused on delivery of high quality outcomes by:

-consolidated teamwork of all project partners;

-clear leadership;

-transparent decision-making;

-balanced responsibilities.

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:

  • Day-to-day administration;
  • Coordination management.

News & Activities


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

Consortium meeting (on-line event), 22/10/2020

  • Agenda;
  • Participants List;
  • Minutes.






Introduction to Industry 4.0

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here—are you ready?

Forces of change: Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 Concept: Background and Overview

Industry 4.0 Analytical Study

Industry 4.0: Digitalisation for productivity and growth

An Industry 4 readiness assessment tool

Learning Factories

Learning Factory for Industry 4.0 to provide future skills beyond technical training

Cyber- Physical Systems and Education 4.0 –The Teaching Factory 4.0 Concept

Learning Factory: The Path to Industry 4.0


Learning Factories for research, education, and training

Implications for Learning Factories from Industry 4.0:Challenges for the human factor in future production scenarios

Adult training

Industrie 4.0 – Qualification 2025 (Management Summary)

The Labouring Capacity Index: Living Labouring Capacity and Experience as Resources on the Road to Industry 4.0

Effects of Industry 4.0 on vocational education and training

The lifetime learner A journey through the future of postsecondary education. A report in the Future of the Business Landscape series

Predictors of Learner Satisfaction and Transfer of Learning in a Corporate Online Education Program

Curriculum development, skills identification


Skills Needs Analysis for “Industry 4.0” Based on Roadmaps for Smart Systems





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.

Project leaflet in Georgia for the period from January 2020 to June 2020

Project leaflet in Ukraine for the period from January 2020 to June 2020

News about the seminar-training from Festo at National Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine

News about the seminar-training from Festo at Lutsk National Technical University

Contact us

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: Mr. Andriy Petrenko

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