The Erasmus + project START UP for Development has published the first project newsletter on the first activities of this Erasmus + project. This project aims to develop a training program for teachers who can train small municipalities, in order to create experts with the necessary knowledge to provide smart solutions and thus create smart cities.
The first transnational meeting between the partners of the Erasmus+ Start Up for Development project, coordinated by FUE-UJI, through EuroFUE-UJI, was held on 10th December. It was an online meeting, led by EuroFUE-UJI, which has served to lay the foundations for the implementation of this project on smart cities and to start with its activity, based on the presentation of the logo and the elements of the corporate identity of the project.
This project, whose main objective is to train experts in smart solutions to promote smart cities in small municipalities, has gathered its consortium in this online session to analyse the project idea, the objectives, the planned activities and the expected results, designing a calendar of actions for the next months. The European Start Up for Development project, with the acronym START UP, will be implemented during 28 months by a consortium coordinated by EuroFUE-UJI and integrated by four other entities from different countries: the Private Training and Tourism Institution Kocatürk Danismanlik (Turkey), the ARID Association (Poland), the Regional Development Agency and Business Support Centre for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (Bulgaria) and the Non-Profit Society Alternative Innovative Development (Greece).
Start up for Development is based on the premise that small municipalities are unaware of the concept of smart cities, as they cannot afford to have smart city experts among their technicians. Therefore, the aim of the project is to prepare a course for trainers who will be able to give municipalities a clear and complete explanation of what smart cities would be, so that they can implement concrete actions aimed at turning these small municipalities into smart villages.
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The FUE-UJI has received the approval from the European Commission of the new Erasmus + project Start up for Development, which will focus on the concept of “smart cities” under the acronym START UP. The project, that will train experts in smart solutions to promote “smart cities” in small municipalities, has a consortium made up of 5 international partners coordinated by the FUE-UJI.
The European START UP project, financed under the Erasmus + program under the modality “Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education”, will be implemented for 28 months by the EuroFUE-UJI. During this time, a training program for adults on “smart cities” will be created and implemented, especially aimed at small municipalities in order to create the recognized smart cities in the countries that make up the consortium.
In addition to having the FUE-UJI as coordinator, the START UP consortium is made up of four more entities from different countries: the private training and tourism institution Kocatürk Danismanlik (Turkey), the ARID Association (Poland), the Regional Development Agency and business support center for small and medium-sized enterprises (Bulgaria) and the non-profit Society for Alternative Innovative Development (Greece).
With this consortium, the Start up for Development project bases its implementation on the premise that small municipalities are alien to the concept of smart cities, since they cannot afford to have experts in “smart cities” among their technicians. Therefore, the objective of the project is to prepare a course for trainers who will be able to give municipalities a clear and complete explanation of what smart cities would be, so that they can implement concrete actions aimed at turning these small municipalities into smart towns.