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Increase in Cooperation Between Industry and Postgraduate Education via Open Labs and Mobile Labs in South Africa

  • Momir TabakovicEmail author
  • Marc-Oliver Otto
  • Walter Commerell
  • Csilla Csapo
  • Herman Vermaak
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Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 188)

Abstract

This paper will present the concepts of the EURYDICE project funded by the Erasmus + program. Within this project, the focus is on renewable energies with the overall goal to enhance employability. The energy generation landscape in South Africa is undergoing a fundamental transition, as the vision of the energy strategy is to contribute to affordable energy for all. This vision will be supported by innovative labs and portals which will be developed within this project. One of the goals is closing the gap between Technical and Vocational Education and Training Colleges (TVET) studies and diploma studies by the definition of industrial experience requirements for University of Technology (UoT) diploma students. This leads to an increased preparedness and “studyability” of UoT diploma students. Industrial stakeholders will be integrated into the process. The project will develop an “Industrial Portal” as a working tool. To increase industry cooperation in postgraduate education, “Open Labs” and “Mobile Labs” will be developed. It is intended that industry brings industrial problems into the “Labs”, which will then be solved by the students.

Keywords

Employability Student Labs Renewable energy Industrial portal 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The project is co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Momir Tabakovic
    • 1
    Email author
  • Marc-Oliver Otto
    • 2
  • Walter Commerell
    • 2
  • Csilla Csapo
    • 2
  • Herman Vermaak
    • 3
  1. 1.FHTW—University of Applied Sciences Technikum WienWienAustria
  2. 2.THU—Technische Hochschule Ulm University of Applied SciencesUlmGermany
  3. 3.Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT)BloemfonteinSouth Africa

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