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The fourth meeting of TEXSTRATextile Strategy for Innovative Higher Education project was held on Wednesday, May 8th, in Milan (Italy). It was organized by Material ConneXion Italia (MCI).

The main goal of the meeting was to review the progress made since the project start on September 2017 and to plan for the next steps.

The meeting started with the update on the administrative aspects of the project by INCDTP, the project coordinator. Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) followed with a presentation of the final version of the TEXSTRA project e-book. The e-book focuses on the technical needs for undergraduate students identified through a needs’ analysis conducted previously, namely: advanced textile materials, advanced manufacturing methods, circular economy and sustainability and e-commerce. The e-book will be used in the upcoming summer training school and will be published in the project website. In the coming months it will also be translated into the different official languages of the consortium.

The University of West Attica presented the operational version of the online platform that will be used for the development of virtual internships and CIAPE presented the status of the enrollment of challenges and students into the platform. The internships will kick off during June and will have a duration of 12 weeks, the best projects will be invited to join an Ambassadors Group to continue promoting the project outcomes.

Material Connexion Italia presented a first draft of the Book of Lectures the team is developing for the upcoming summer training courses, which will be held in Guimarães, Portugal, scheduled to mid-July 2019. University of Minho presented the first agenda and the student enrollment status. The different universities and research institutions will participate as trainers using the materials developed during the project.

Then, AEI TÈXTILS, as dissemination leader, briefly discussed the progress on the dissemination and communication activities of the project, including the main highlights in terms of performance of the project website and social media.

Lastly, CRE.THI.DEV presented the quality progress report of the project and the recommendations for reviewing the deliverables.

The objective of these actions is to promote and transfer research and innovation using e-learning tools for students and professionals by project-based learning, contributing to an efficiency and competitiveness boost among small and medium textile companies in Europe.


TEXSTRA team at MCI facilities during the fourth project meeting

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