Erasmus+ SMARTEX: Smart Textiles – Modernisation of the curriculum of Textile Engineering and Textile Technology in Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan (2020-2023)

The Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance SMARTEX Project (Nr. 610465-EPP-1-2019-1-EL-EPPKA2) is a 3 year running project from 15 January 2020 till 14 January 2023.Logo voor het Erasmus+ project Smartex

The aim of the project is to support the modernisation and internationalisation of Higher Education Institutes in Malaysia, Indonesia and Pakistan, in the context of the priorities identified in the New EU Consensus in Development and the EU Higher Education in the World. This project will also contribute to the cooperation between EU and Asian countries through joint initiatives and by sharing good practices. The aim of the project is to improve the level of competences and skills in Asian HEIs by reforming bachelor degree programmes, which will bring national education systems up to the EU standards level and enhance competitiveness of graduates in the labour market.

The objective of the SMARTEX project is to set up a curriculum on smart and technical textiles.
This topic is a complex one, comprising extremely interesting technological evolutions and applications in many sectors of activity. Production of textiles and fashion has to a great extent shifted from Europe to other parts of the world. Partner countries represented in the SMARTEX partnership are among the biggest textile producers. European companies cooperate with companies in Malaysia, Indonesia and Pakistan as subcontractors. In this prospect, cooperation of universities from the 6 countries involved will be beneficial for everybody.   

SMARTEX previews, apart from the curriculum development, the development of learning and e-learning material, capacity building of Asian Universities academics and administrative staff, purchasing of equipment for labs, exchanges of staff between universities as well as student internships in European and local high technology textile companies. This fact, along with the number of countries (6) and institutions involved (10) as well as the very large distances between them depicts the amplitude of the project, which would not be feasible without the Erasmus+ funding.

The objectives of the project are:

  1. To analyse the competences necessary for graduates of textile engineering and related faculties' bachelor studies in Asian universities as far as technical and smart textiles are concerned.
  2. To update the curricula of Asian Universities, by developing new or by updating existing courses in textile engineering and related faculties' bachelor studies.
  3. To integrate innovative teaching/learning methods into the reformed curricula of Asian Universities.
  4. To develop learning material for the new and updated courses and their correspondence to ECTS.
  5. To promote the internationalisation of Asian HEIs by implementing international exchanges of staff and students.
  6. To build capacity of academic and administrative staff of Asian HEIs by organising training sessions for them in European HEIs.
  7. To enhance the competitiveness of Asian HEIs' graduates in the labour market with the organisation of national and international internships in companies.

Project partners:

  1. UNIWA - University of Western Attica, Greece
  2. UGent - Ghent University, Belgium
  3. UPV - Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  4. IDEC - IDEC SA, Greece
  5. MARA - Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
  6. UTHM - Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Malaysia
  7. STTT - Politeknik STTT Bandung, Indonesia
  8. ITB - Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
  9. BZU – Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan
  10. NED – NED University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan

Co-funded by the erasmus+ programme of the european union

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