Project Ref.: 612641-EPP-1-2019-1-BE-EPPKA2-KA
Textile Engineering for Co-creation Paradigms in Education


Ghent University (UGent) - Belgium

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UGent was established in 1817, it has 11 faculties, 9000 staff members, 42000 students and it is 11% international. It is ranked 62 (Shanghai) and 74 (world’s most innovative universities).

UGent was recognised as “success story” by the EC and UGent obtained the ECTS label from the very beginning. It is one of the most active universities in Erasmus Mundus and other international collaboration in education and research. The institutional integrated policy plan for internationalisation creates a framework for bottom-up initiatives in a setting of quality control and transparency, and sets the context for strategic partnerships. The International Relations Office provides guidance. Innovative teaching is a key objective, with a focus on societal impact and activation of students.

UGent targets design thinking and entrepreneurial behaviour of students and staff. “Dare to venture” is the centre of expertise that informs students and staff about being entrepreneur, coaches them and guides wild ideas. It is closely linked to IDC and fablabs of UGent. Since its creation in 2011 dare to venture has led to the creation of several start up companies, thus creating almost 400 jobs today.

Established in 1929 the Centre for Textile Science and Engineering CTSE has a staff with international and multidisciplinary background. Major research fields are e.g. nanofibers, smart textiles, (modelling of) advanced textile processes and structures. There has always been a good link with the textile industry in Belgium and abroad and the department takes the lead in a world network for textile universities AUTEX. CTSE has been coordinating a European master in textile engineering since about 20 years. It is also one of the initiators of the UGent design factory and the implementation of cocreation based learning at university level.

Along with the CTSE, the T-CREPE project is managed by members of the Education pillar of the research group at the Industrial Systems Engineering and Product Design Department, UGent, Campus Kortrijk (IDC). This research group is dedicated to create bridges between education, sustainability and industry in the field of technology-driven design and processes of innovative product-service and consumption-production systems. The team of employs interdisciplinary design strategies and best practices together with the industry and organizations from both public and private sectors. The Education pillar led by Dr. Marina Emmanouil, lies in the premise that learning is triggered by curiosity and grounded in realism. The task of this pillar is to effectively integrate practical, real-life challenges into the learning environment. Industry and social needs are problematised and contextualised in design-oriented education curricula through problem and project-based learning. Educational methods are implemented in the workplace syncing the performance of industry partners with industry demands. The aim is to research methods and test new methodologies in collaboration with students, researchers, industry and other stakeholders to create a knowledge pool for targeted change and innovation.

University of West-Attica (UNIWA) - Greece

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University of West Attica established in 2018. It is the result of the merge of Piraeus University of Applied Sciences and Athens University of Applied Sciences. The new University is the third bigger in Greece.

The University based on the long and successful tradition of the constituting institutes provides a high level undergraduate and postgraduate education combined with intensive research activities in specific areas. UNIWA reserves standing partnerships with other domestic and foreign educational and research institutes in order to continuously improve the level of the studies and research. UNIWA participates actively in several national and European Union programs for international cooperation, research and dissemination of knowledge.

The University of West Attica maintains two campuses located in Egaleo, Athens, in the area of the ancient Academy of Plato. Regular bus services and the blue metro line connect the University campuses to the centres of Athens and Piraeus and the rest of Attica.

University of West Attica offers 26 undergraduate and 40 postgraduate programs in various fields of engineering, economy, health, arts and food technology. The graduates of the University following the tradition of the former PUAS and AUAS will serve successfully the industrial and services sectors of the Greek and international economy. UNIWA has participated in many research programs.

As a Higher Education Institute, our scientific personnel have experience relevant with scientific and educational
Master Projects and implementations a variety of educational methods such as e-learning, digital learning, transfer of Knowhow for education to industry sector, etc.

Lappeenranta University (LUT) - Finland


LUT University (Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT) is a pioneering science university in Finland, bringing together the fields of science and business since 1969. LUT has approximately 6,000 students and experts engaged in scientific research and academic education.

LUT has a tradition of strong links with the business community. The Finnish business journal "Talouselämä" has ranked LUT as the best university in business technology cooperation in Finland. LUT promotes business generated by scientific research.

LUT values: the courage to succeed, the passion for innovation through science, and the will to build well-being.

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) - Greece

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This University is the most Historical in the country, ranks 26th in Webometris - Google Scholar Citations list worldwide. It comprises of 8 Schools, 33 Faculties, 183 Masters' programs and maintains 224 Research Labs. It employs 1605 Academic members of Staff, serves over 40000 undergraduate students, over 14000 Masters' students and close to 9000 PhD students. It will take part in the project through 2 of its Labs, the Educational Technology Lab and the Environmental Education Lab situated in the School of Philosophy, Faculty of Education. This unit and the researchers taking part have deep expertise in the design, implementation and evaluation of innovative educational programs, methods and supportive expressive digital tools. Amongst their latest digital tools is an interdisciplinary authoring system called 'ChoiCo' (Choices with Consequences) for the design and play of serious digital games based on an educational paradigm of student engagement with complex socio-scientific issues. Some original games have been designed and produced in a range of issues so far. In this project ChoiCo will be used to support student co-creation of such games on the issue of wearables and urban sustainability. ChoiCo is a web-based open educational resource freely and ubiquitously accessible, translatable in any language and allows for individual construction and versioning of games which can subsequently be shared, played, redesigned and discussed.