The EU-ASCIN project intends to establish an Academic Smart Cities Network in cooperation with national and international universities and research institutes in the Central European and South Eastern European Region. The importance of the topic has been recently stated by the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) project, Joint Programme on Smart Cities: ‚As urbanization is progressing worldwide and due to the fact that almost two thirds of our energy is consumed in urban environments, intelligent cities will play a significant role for the complete and successful implementation of the EU Strategic Energy Technology Plan.'
Some of the main topics in the area of smart cities, such as smart energy, smart environment and smart mobility, are already part of the bachelor programs Urban Renewable Energy Technologies and Transport and Environment, as well as, the master programs Renewable Urban Energy Systems, and Intelligent Transport Systems at the University of Applied Sciences (UAS) Technikum Wien. Within the EU-ASCIN project the content of these study programs shall be enhanced by integrating the concept of smart cities following a holistic integrated system approach. Thereby, within the academic network special emphasis is dedicated to the design and realization of an internationally coordinated area of studies with focus on smart cities. Large academic visibility will be strengthened by support of local partners, research institutes and municipalities to establish the network as a lighthouse project. As major outcomes the results will be continuously integrated into existing study programs and the development of a Joint or Double Degree Program is projected. An additional goal of the project is to stimulate the interest for smart cities study programs and smart cities as a job motor in the future. Together with the experts and academic partners involved in the network international and interdisciplinary projects like a summer school, project workshops, laboratory trainings, or internships will be realised. Finally, the network will be supported by a web-platform where current information about technologies and standards will be permanently published. Additionally, the competences and activities of network partners, e.g. for further research cooperation, will be presented. Students will be able to find information about study programs, exchange programs and other offers of the network partners.
11/2013 - 10/2016