Automotive Quality Universities – AQU – Integration of Modular Content into the Higher Education Studies

  • Svatopluk StolfaEmail author
  • Jakub Stolfa
  • Miran Rodic
  • Mitja Truntic
  • Christian Kreiner
  • Richard Messnarz
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 748)


This paper introduces and discuss the integration of originally modular VET course AQUA (original idea about integrating teaching of Automotive SPICE, Functional Safety and Six Sigma content) into the higher education studies. The goal is to integrate industry courses to higher education learning, provide certification and examination appropriate for the higher education learning without extensive practical experience and thus prepare the students for their future jobs and trainings in automotive development in these fields. An idea about combination of industry and higher education levels learning, certification and examination is presented. Example of possibilities and experiences of integrated teaching from the universities involved in Automotive Quality Universities (AQU) project is also presented and discussed.


Automotive Automotive SPICE Functional Safety Six Sigma Integrated approach AQU AQUA 



This research was financially supported by the European Commission in the AQUA (Knowledge Alliance for Training, Quality and Excellence in Automotive) project as a pilot in the Erasmus+ Sector Skill Alliances Program under the project number EAC-2012-0635. The special aspect of adapting the training program to higher education level, and its deployment in five European universities is financially supported by the European Commission in the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project 2015-1-CZ01-KA203-013986 AutoUniverse (Automotive Quality Universities). This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

This research has been also supported by the internal grant agency of VSB-Technical University Ostrava, project No. SP2017/133.

Authors would like to also express the thanks to the ECQA and other project team members, namely to Richard Messnarz (ISCN), Damjan Ekert (ISCN), Ales Hace (UM), Milan Zorman (UM), Andreas Riel (EMIRACLE), Serge Tichkiewitch (EMIRACLE), Kurt Steiner (FHJ), Eugen Brenner (TUG), and others that are working on the fulfilment of the project goals and also supporting this effort.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Svatopluk Stolfa
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jakub Stolfa
    • 1
  • Miran Rodic
    • 2
  • Mitja Truntic
    • 2
  • Christian Kreiner
    • 3
  • Richard Messnarz
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, FEECSVSB-Technical University of OstravaOstrava-PorubaCzech Republic
  2. 2.Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceUniversity of MariborMariborSlovenia
  3. 3.Institute of Technical InformaticsGraz University of TechnologyGrazAustria
  4. 4.University of Applied Sciences Joanneum, FH JoanneumGrazAustria

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