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.