PC teachers’ training abroad took place online

The COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted our project and many actions had to be postponed or re-thought. The 2nd teachers training in Europe, initially planned for Spring 2020, had finally took place online in April 2021. PC teachers participated in a series of trainings organised by Riga Technical University (Latvia) on April 1-9, 2021, and Technology University of Chemnitz (Germany) on April 19-23, 2021.

The Zoom webinars had provided a comfortable platform to discuss the implementation of double degree programs at participating universities, the teaching experience of individual modules, the features of lab equipment, the smart city technology research problems, students’ work on master thesis and project’s overall implementation, double diploma status and open issues.

Despite the transfer of the event from face-to-face visits to the webinar format, the participants were able to conduct tours (albeit virtual) in Riga RTU Center of excellence, SSTU and TUC laboratory facilities. The students of Smartcity Master program had presented their achievements and Master thesis development.

The attendance was even higher than it had been planned for face-to-face visits. The online access had provided an opportunity for more PC teachers and administrative staff to connect to the project events. During the RTU online meetings the participants has discussed such things as:

  • design of power electronics systems,
  • innovative product development and entrepreneurship,
  • industrial frequency converters and inverters control technique with microprocessor controllers,
  • methods of analysis and calculation of electronic circuits,
  • took part in a workshop on a physical test environment consisting of a variety of equipment used in industrial networks.

The representative of Latvia Erasmus+ International Contact Point for Higher Education had made a presentation on Erasmus programme for the period 2021-2027.

The TUC teachers and administrative staff had provided lectures and presentations and enabled discussions on:

  • AI for smart cities,
  • implementation of mentoring approaches into higher educational lectures,
  • situation awareness for smart driving,
  • adaptive learning in automotive software engineering,
  • Master thesis at CUT, study plan management, course selection platform, assessment center,
  • research space and projects at professorship,
  • TUC DriveCloud.

In total, the RTU trainings had 20 speakers, the TUC tranings had 21 speakers; the attendance of both events was more 50 persons per day.