SMARTCITY: Innovative Approach Towards a Master Program on Smart Cities Technologies

Project Overview

Project Title SMARTCITY: Innovative Approach Towards a Master Program on Smart Cities Technologies
Project Number 598317-EPP-1-2018-1-BG-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
Country Kazakhstan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 500 001 - 1 000 000
Project Start – Project End November 15, 2018–November 14, 2021
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) 976.159
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• Technical University of Sofia (Bulgaria) – Coordinator
• Fachhochschule Salzburg GMBH
• Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
• Asociatia Pentru Tehnologia Informatiei Comunicatii Din Romania
• Mongolian University of Science and Technology
• Novosibirsk State Technical University
• Kazakhstan Association of Engineering Education Kazsee
• National University of Mongolia
• Federal State Budgetary Educationalinstitution of Higher Education Saratov State Technical University named after Gagarin
• Interregional Society Organisation “Union of IT Directors”
• Intec LLC
• Rigas Tehniska Universitate
• Alexandreio Technologiko Ekpaideitiko Idryma Thessalonikis
• Milyov Eurasian National University

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team
Beneficiary National governments

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

The aim of the project is to increase the possibilities for Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia to improve the quality of living in the big cities, reduce costs and resource consumption, to improve contact between citizens and government by implementing of the Smart City technologies (SCT) using urban informatics and technology – by starting preparation of the new breed of multidisciplinary ICT-skills graduates. At the moment in all these countries in spite of governments’ ambitious plans no university prepares such specialists. Development of the Double Degree Master Program in the SCT (DDMP) allows to prepare highly qualified professionals and to implement ECTS, EU principles of assessment what will make the graduates internationally recognized. The students will get the possibility to obtain Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia MS degree in SC and MS Degree of one of EU universities.

Project Objectives
  • To increase effectiveness of IT education.
  • To develop collaboration between universities and business enterprises.
  • To prepare qualified staff for introducing Smart Cities Technologies and Internet of Things.
Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Policy Advice & Development, Examination, certification and accreditation, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Quality assurance, Standards and curriculum development, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements), Training of teachers / trainers
Occupational Field Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Sociology, Psychology, Educational Science
Target Groups Politicians/decision-makers in economics, labour, employment & education policy, Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Developers of standards, programs, curricula etc., Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers, Suppliers / developers of learning media, Training providers (public and private)
Related Projects


  • Developing and getting accreditation for a joint Master program of double degree diploma “Information Technologies for Smart City” for Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia.
  • Professional training for university staff in Europe and online.
  • Developing the system of quality assurance for Master program.
  • International education platform for e-learning.
Project Results
  • Business community needs and expectations analysed.
  • New curricula developed.
  • New syllabus developed.
  • Partners’ network legally established.
  • Skills upgraded and methodological support of the teaching process is ensured.
  • Teaching materials and training guide developed.
  • Universities staff skills in quality assurance upgraded.
  • Universities staff skills in e-learning and new technologies upgraded.
  • An innovative approach to teaching introduced: web-portal, remote/virtual labs, e-learning, access to the EU databases.
  • Students’ training implemented.

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