The DIG-MAN Integration of digital tools into product development and manufacturing education Erasmus+ project team of KTU Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design held the 8th international meeting on February 17-18, which took place both by contact and remotely. We received participants from Estonia and Norway, partners from Italy and Poland participated remotely.
During the meeting, the faculty was presented with various study programs taught in English and Lithuanian. Guests also had the opportunity to visit the laboratories located at the university. The partners do not even doubt that KTU has all the conditions to develop the activities of the DIG MAN project.
During the project, twenty exercises prepared for the study process were created. The project participants started using them in the study process. In the autumn semester, students of the Industrial Engineering and Management and Mechatronics programs at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design successfully completed one of the tasks developed in the DIG-MAN project. We are currently conducting a survey of students, during which we will find out students’ opinions about the tasks and the possibilities of their implementation. The questionnaire was prepared by project partners from Italy (Centoform).
On the second day of the visit, a meeting of the Project Steering committee was organized with the participation of representatives of all organizations. Project coordinator Tõnu Lemmet briefly presented the work already done and outlined the main activities for the rest of the project. Despite the pandemic that occurred during the project, the activities planned in the project application were carried out on time, which was especially appreciated by the members of the steering committee.
Two important activities are planned for the future and are likely to crown the success of the project. This is a training of students from all institutions at the coordinator’s university, during which five international student teams will solve the tasks created in the project. Social and team-building activities will also be organized during the training. The project colleagues decided to start the student selection procedure in each institution separately. The next event is a summary and publicity of the project activities in an event open to business partners and other higher education institutions in each project institution.
We hope that the results of the project will meet the expectations of companies and allow us to meet the challenges of the digitalization of the industry.