Partners from Programme Countries

The KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm was founded in 1827 and is one of the leading world-wide recognised technical universities. KTH has practical experience with participating in TEMPUS projects. In particular KTH has been contractor and coordinator for TEMPUS projects in Armenia, Russia and Belarus and now is a contractor for projects in Tunisia, Uzbekistan, Jordan and Croatia. The KTH Royal Institute of Technology is responsible for one-third of Sweden’s capacity for engineering studies and technical research at post−secondary level. KTH has over 11.000 undergraduate students, 1.500 active postgraduate students and a staff of 3.100 people. KTH is an International institution with established research and educational exchanges all over the world, especially in Europe, the USA, Australia and Southeast Asia. Production Engineering at KTH provides knowledge and skills within construction, development and operation of flexible industrial production systems and IT systems, for producing competitive products in a resource efficient manner. Central concepts are e.g. quality, "lean" processes, logistics, PDM / PLM and digital manufacturing plants. The recess PRM (Production Engineering) course is the block for you on engineering programs in Mechanical Engineering (M) and Design and Product (P) with an interest in production. The recess IPI (Integrerad produktion) is the block for you on the civil engineer programme in Industrial Economy (I) with an interest in production. Compulsory and optional courses in engineering programs I, M and P may in many cases be read as stand-alone courses. TPRMM (Master of Production Engineering and Management) is an English language master course for students with an interest in production in the international environment.

The department provides education within Joining technologies, which can lead to a certification as International Welding Engineer (IWE), BALTECH is an European cooperation within production training. EPRODE is an European cooperation within production training.

The Universidade de Vigo is a young public academic institution officially founded in 1990 that has managed to consolidate itself in time as a reference of modernity and innovation in Galicia. It has three main objectives: to provide higher education services with high quality rates and oriented to promote work placements among its students, giving priority to internationalization; to promote a basic and applied research through competitive research groups at an international level; and to transfer its knowledge and scientific advances to the society in order to foster an intelligent, sustainable and integrating growth of all its surrounding territory.

The Universidade de Vigo is organized in three Campuses, placed in three different cities, Vigo, Pontevedra and Ourense- all of them in the South of Galicia, Northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. It has around 21,000 students in 39 degrees, 74 postgraduates and 42 PhD programs. Our institution leads a Campus of International Excellence, awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education in 2010, a Campus of the Sea that gathers the teaching and researching efforts of seven public universities in Galicia and North of Portugal, as well as those of two national research organisms. As regards its scientific production, the Universidade de Vigo has been ranked 15th on the list of Spanish universities. On the Shanghai Ranking it was on the top 500, ranking between the 400th and 500th. Its internationalization aim makes the Universidade de Vigo the Galician university offering more student exchanges, and receiving and sending the greatest number of students with Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus, ISEP (USA) and bilateral programs with third country institutions. Courses regarding the European Integration process at the UVIGO are present at all educative levels of the institution, thanks to the support over the years of the different Government teams and its professors, with 17 Jean Monnet actions, including one Jean Monnet Chair, one Ad Personam Jean Monnet Chair) and one Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, whose aim is to train staff specialized in territorial cooperation, to contribute to the European construction through territorial cohesion and to spread the history of the European construction. In its three campuses at Ourense, Pontevedra and Vigo, our institution offers degree programs in the fields of engineering, science, humanities, techonology and legal-social studies. These are distributed among nearly thirty centres where research groups also carry out their R&D activitites. A network of own centres completes the research infrastructure map of the University of Vigo. The areas of excellence are the following ones: Marine Sciences, Material Sciences, Agriculture and Biology, Biotechnology, Industrial engineering, Telecommunication & Computer Engineering, Tourism, Business Administration and Management, among others. The general objectives of the Universidade de Vigo concerning the internationalization are to promote the exchange of professors, researchers, students and administrative staff and to prepare them for the global labour market; to gain recognition in the international education market, establishing strategic partnerships, and internationalizing the teaching and research, and to promote innovative international projects within a framework of multilateral and cross-border coooperation and to attract and retain the best. The Uvigo has participated in the last 15 years in more than 60 EU education funded projects.

The Department of Systems Engineering and Automatism has teaching and research activities related with Programable Logic Controllers, Industrial networks, teleoperation, networked control systems and some others related with stability, send on delta algorithms, robotics and recently with vehicular technologies. It is formed by approximately 20 permanent full-time researchers and professors and from 5 to 15 pre-doc and post-doc researchers.

Universitatea Dunarea de Jos din Galati is the biggest largest university in the southeast of Romania with 14 faculties, providing a rich educational offer, both in technical and humanist sciences. One of the most dynamic faculty, in terms of the continuing improvement of the quality in didactic, research and scientific activities, is Faculty of Engineering, which is the main regional trainer of specialists in the fields of: Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Mechatronics and Robotics, Automotive Vehicles, Engineering and Management and Environmental Engineering, covering three study levels: Bachelor's, Master's and PhD programs. The Department of Manufacturing Engineering (DME), a pillar structure of the Faculty of Engineering, manages the Manufacturing and Welding Engineering study programs with curriculum content closely connected to the manufacturing, metallurgy and shipbuilding industries, specific to this geographical region. The DME’s academic staff, involved in the didactical activities of both study programs, comprises 11 professors, 2 associate professors, 11 assistant professors. The most representative didactic laboratories are in connection with: Cutting Process Technologies, Cold Metal Forming, Cutting Tools, Fusion Welding and Pressure Welding Technologies and NDT Testing. Besides, the academic staff is developing research and scientific activities in the framework of the Research Centre for Technological Engineering in Machine Building and the Research Centre for Advanced Researches in Welding. The main research laboratories of the research centres are: Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems, Laboratory of Polymeric Materials Research, Laboratory for Modelling and Optimisation of Manufacturing Processes, Laboratory of Cold Metal Forming, Laboratory of Systems and Welding Technologies, Laboratory for Research and Investigation of the Welding Arc and Laboratory for Modelling and Simulation of Welding Processes. The results achieved, in the last 5 years, by the development and implementation of national/international projects have been disseminated in more than 80 articles published in journals and conferences proceedings indexed by Thomson Reuters (ISI), 15 patents and over 150 articles indexed in international databases.

The IED is an NGO that was founded in 2005 in Larissa, Greece. Our vision is to create an environment that promotes entrepreneurship, research and the entrepreneurial spirit and mindset of businesses, creating long-lasting relationships with society and the academic community. Its vision is to create an environment that promotes entrepreneurship, research and the entrepreneurial spirit and mindset of businesses, creating long-lasting relations with society and the academic community. Also our objective is anthropocentric and our basic concern is to provide assistance to citizens and disadvantaged groups in order to improve their place in society, increasing the level of social inclusion. The IED provides assistance and services in the field of education, economic and social development, promotes human rights and democracy and offers consulting and training services to organizations and individuals in the field of entrepreneurship, social economy, informal qualifications, vocational education and training, etc, through forums, publications, conferences/seminars, networking, collaboration with other institutions and other such activities. Its experience over the years, in both national and international projects, has been in the aforementioned fields, while it has built a vast network of contacts globally over the years, which will be used towards the dissemination of the project and sustainability of impact and results. The IED has implemented a number of national and EU projects, with a focus on entrepreneurship, gender equality, employment, the certification of informal qualifications, the social economy and social entrepreneurship. It has participated in a large number of Lifelong Learning Programme projects, including the Leonardo Da Vinci programme and Grundtvig Programme, both as partner and leader and thus has the experience and know-how to successfully implement such projects. In the context of the projects materialised, it has completed a large number of studies and research, organized and materialised workshops/conferences/meetings, developed innovative tools in a number of fields and has developed methodologies of certification of informal qualifications in a number of projects and sectors.

Plasmatrix Materials AB is a SME consulting and manufacturing company founded in 2006. Today, company has 12 people working with consulting activities in maintenance and manufaacturing processes, development of coating equipment, and coating materials, vibration testing and process optimization.The team of Plasmatrix Materials constitutes a strong combination in experience, including world class knowledge in advanced manufacturing technologies and machining technology and extensive knowledge of the business conditions of the manufacturing industry.

Expertise: Manufacturing processes, Maintanace Engineering and management, Nanotechnology, New materials, Machine dynamics, Plasma technology. PLAM has developed training courses for industry in adavanced manufacturing, non-conventional processes. PLAM has developed a OER Platform using CANVAS system for Learning management System (LMS). In technology, Plasmatrix Materials has several patents for a unique equipment, process technology and materials for Multifunctional coatings. The team works with Improvement of the dynamic machines parameters in the mechanical industry, aerospace, medicine by means of the machines dynamic stiffness enhancing. Among the companies PLAM work with are LK Precision, Leax AB, Mircona AB, Scania AB, ETP AB and Ionautics in Sweden and PALBIT in Portugal, NOVATEA and DIAD Group in Italy, IDEKO and SORALUCE in Spain. Also PLAM cooperate with universities and research institutes in Germany, Findland, Island, Germany and Japan.

Relevant skills: a. Project management (Mihai Nicolescu, Qilin Fu) b. World class knowledge in advanced coating techniques (Jon Tomas Gudmundsson, Qilin Fu, Md. Masud-Ur- Rashid) c. Machining technology (Mihai Nicolescu, Qilin Fu, Peter Mihic) d. Extensive knowledge of the business conditions of the manufacturing industry (Peter Mihic)

Core Business: PLAM business concept is to provide vibration damping coatings or machines for producing such multifunctional coatings to customers in the manufacturing industry thereby enable them to address higher end market segments with significantly better margins and/or increase their market share in a very competitive environment. The customers are manufacturers of machine tools or manufacturers of parts for machine tools, machine tools such as lathes and grinding, milling, drilling or cutting machines, and parts such as spindles quills, and drills. Since they are operating in very mature industry the margins are typically low. Typical improvements, in either productivity, dimensional precision, or surface finish, are in the few percent range. In VET, PALM activity focus at knowledge transfer among industry especially SMEs and supporting them in developemnt of skills in manufacturing processes and production systems. PALM has particpate as partner and coordinator in several European projects in FP7, Horizon 2020, EUREKA and EUROSTARS.

Besides the technical-scientific Faculties/Departments of Engineering, Sciences and Agriculture, Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM) also includes the Faculties of Economics and Medicine and Surgery. Each Faculty offers all possible courses of the three higher-education cycles: graduate, postgraduate and PhD. The main campus and the administrative offices are located in Ancona, but other sites are distributed all over the Marche region in order to bring higher education into strict contact with the most important productive districts of the area. The staff working at UNIVPM is made up of about 700 professors and researchers and 650 administrative and technical employees. There are about 17.000 enrolled students. The employability rate of our young graduates is among the highest at national level (88,5% vs the national average 79,9%). With the purpose of enriching the territory with values and experiences of global interest we have gradually incremented the numbers of incoming and outgoing mobilities of students and staff over the years, strongly believing in the exchange and contamination of cultures and experiences as a fundamental contribution to the growth of the University and the surrounding territory.