I. List of partners :
- Academia :
- The University of Lorraine (Coordinator)
- Luleå University of Technology (Full-Partner)
- Lappeenranta University of Technology (Full-Partner)
- The Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (Full-Partner)
- The University of Bradford
- Bremen University
- The University of Cypru
- Leeds Beckett University
- Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation
- Faculty of Sciences of Monastir
- University of Applied Sciences Harz
II. Brief description of partners
The University of Lorraine (UL) was created on the 1st of January 2012 from the merging of the 4 universities in the Region: Henri Poincaré University (UHP), University of Nancy 2 and Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine in Nancy, and the Paul Verlaine–Metz University in Metz, which in 2010 produced 4320 peer reviewed publications, 28.6% of which with foreign co-authors.The UL is multidisciplinary. It benefits from a central position in Europe with the specificity to border three other countries (Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg). It enrols more than 53,000 students, 15% of which are foreign. It has a global budget of 588 millions euros, 3722 researchers and lectures, 3070 technical and administrative staff, 830000 square meters of buildings on 53 sites, 82 research laboratories, 29 “grandes écoles” and faculties, 13 technical colleges in addition to 8 graduate schools.
Luleå University of Technology (LTU) conducts research in the Faculty of engineering and the Faculty of arts and social sciences. Research is characterised by multidisciplinary cooperation between the University’s research departments and close interaction with trade and industry and society. Both major international and national companies and small enterprises in the region are involved in the University’s research and development projects.
LTU cooperates with universities worldwide. We also take part in the ERASMUS programme, ISEP (the International Student Exchange programme), and NORDPLUS within the Nordic countries. Each year, there are about 400 exchange students at LTU.
Diversity of Expertise in Technology and Business, Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) conducts scientific research and provides academic education. For decades already, Lappeenranta University of Technology has been ahead of its time, combining two fields of science that complement each other – technology and business studies.
The university’s areas of strength include energy efficiency and the energy market, strategic management of business and technology, scientific computing and modelling of industrial processes and expertise in Russian business and industry related to the areas above.
The university works in close cooperation with industries, catering to the needs of both the students and businesses. The cooperation began with the forest industry, and contacts have expanded through the years, ranging to a number of different industries.
The Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (University ITMO) is a leading Russian school in Information and Optics Technologies. Currently the University ITMO provides educational services, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, in approximately 35 specializations related to Information and Computer Technologies, Computer Science, Optical Engineering, Physical Engineering, Optical Technologies etc. The University ITMO has a considerable size with more than 8,000 students and 1,740 teachers, researches and other staff members. The University ITMO is a full member of the European University Association www.eua.be . In this capacity and in the pursuit of full integration into the European Higher Education Area the University has adopted ECTS system and standard forms of Transcript of Records and Learning Agreement.
Established in 1966, The University of Bradford today has over 12,000 students enrolled and seven main schools. In particular the University is well known for Computing, Peace Studies, Engineering, Management and Media Technology. Almost 25% of students are international students, and come from over 100 countries. In 2005, the University of Bradford announced a massive project to create the world’s first ‘Ecoversity’ whereby the university would strive to reduce its environmental footprint by reducing waste and using sustainable materials, and would embed sustainability into everything that the institution does, including teaching and research. The University of Bradford has excellent experience in coordinating and collaborating on a range of large scale global, European and national research initiatives, the 3.1 million HEFCE award for the Ecoversity project on sustainable development being a case in point.
Bremen University maintains numerous contacts all around the world. The University’s internationalization strategy encompasses both regional as well as topic-based goals, beacon projects, and numerous individual initiatives. Part of the University’s Internationalization Strategy is to advance cooperation in all these areas. The Strategy formulates the University’s internationalization goals for the future and is being constantly updated.
With 290 professors and 19,000 students, the University of Bremen is a mid-sized university offering a large spectrum of subjects; 100 different study programs organized in 30 academic disciplines. The University was quick to introduce the new structure of Bachelor and Master studies and was awarded the title “Bologna University” by the Standing Conference of the Länder Ministers of Education.The University of Bremen was founded in 1971.
The University of Cyprus (UCY) was established in 1989 and is the main research organization in the Republic of Cyprus. The Department of Computer Science has a full-time staff of 21 faculty members, 6 visiting-faculty members, 4 teaching-staff members, over 50 full-time researchers, 300 undergraduate and 80 postgraduate students. The Department offers the Bachelor degree in Computer Science (240 ECTS) , as well as 5 Master degrees – 90 ECTS (Master in Computer Science, Master in Internet Computing, Master in Intelligent Systems, Professional Master in Advanced Information Technologies) and a Ph.D. degree – 60 ECTS in Computer Science. Around 10 Ph.D. and 45 M.Sc. students are enrolled every academic year. Over the last 6 years, the Department has been involved in more than 130 research projects funded from both the European Union and the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation with total funding of over 13 million euros.
Leeds Beckett University is an international university with worldwide horizons. It is one of the most popular universities in the UK with a lively international student community from over 120 countries. Leeds Beckett University not only offers undergraduate and postgraduate provisions but also professionally certified provisions for businesses (e.g. Apple, Zend, Adobe, Red Hat, and PRINCE2). Currently, there are approximately 27,000 students on our courses offered by four faculties with a total of 2,800 staff members: Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Carnegie Faculty, Faculty of Business and Law.
Leeds Beckett University has earned its reputation for excellence in all areas from sports to business. Leeds Beckett University has won the prestigious title of UK Centre for Coaching Excellence whose primary responsibility is to offer support for a wide range of sports, players, and coaches through the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Leeds Beckett University is also the official UK Education partner for the 2008 Commonwealth Games in Pune, India, and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Leeds Beckett University has also been selected as the Centre of Excellence for Event Management in Yorkshire and the Humber. This provides opportunities for employers and learners to access quality assured training provision to help tackle skills shortages across the region. Leeds Beckett University was named the ‘Greenest University in the UK’, won the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community’ award, and named a ‘Highly Commended University of the Year’. Leeds Beckett University Libraries and Learning Innovation (part of the Innovation North Faculty of Information and Technology) has received the Government’s Customer Service Excellence Award (the replacement for the Chartermark which the service has held since 2004).
Leeds Beckett University is well known for being the University of Partnerships. Its partnerships (sporting, education, cultural, business, and community) are very dynamic. International Volunteering at Leeds Beckett University provides opportunities for staff and students to be involved in volunteering programmes (e.g. fundraising, educational activities, community building project, construction work, conservation work, etc.) across the globe (e.g. Africa, Asia, Europe, America, etc.).
The Mobile and Converging Technologies Research Group (led by Professor Colin Pattinson) in the Faculty of Arts, Environment and Technology at Leeds Beckett University works in three cognate areas: the operation and management of distributed systems; software product and process improvement methods and the environmental impacts of information technology. Members of the group have led the development and delivery of research-orientated MSc programmes in Green Computing; Mobile and Distributed Computer Networks; and Software Development. The group has significant partnerships with industrial organisations relevant to this field of research. In particular, it was a founder member of the Nortel Technical Solutions Academy and has carried out funded research on behalf of Cisco, JANET (UK) and JISC. The Faculty also numbers Google, Redhat, Zend, Techmesh, JANET (UK), Nortel, Adobe, and APPLE among its recognised technology partners.
Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is Australia’s top government research agency (www.csiro.au ) that has over 6,600 highly qualified researchers and developers in various areas of science and technology. ICT Centre (www.ict.csiro.au ) is a CSIRO division focusing on Information and Communication Technologies. Information Engineering Laboratory (IEL) of ICT Centre is a world-class applied Computer Science research lab that has capabilities in four science areas: Machine Learning, Human-Computer Interaction, Service Computing and Semantic Data Management. IEL is involved in a number of EU FP7 projects and activities that are supported by the EU and CSIRO. IEL is also closely collaborating with leading Australian Universities in engaging students in industry-relevant projects. CSIRO has a large contingent of Masters and PhD students who are collaborating with CSIRO researchers and enjoy internship, scholarships and scholarship top-ups funded by CSIRO.
FSM (Faculty of Sciences of Monastir) has awarded since its construction in 1978: 11216 bachelors in science, engineers or qualified technicians, 755 master’s, 217 doctorates, and 62 university enabling (“habilitations universitaires”)
Since 1990, FSM has been pioneer in teaching and research in Microelectronics, electronic compounds and systems on chip, and in chemical substances as well. In FSM we got 6 labs, 20 research units and 6 common research units, representing almost 500 full researchers. The funding is almost public but backed by international project financing.
University of Applied Sciences Harz. As a young and innovative university of applied sciences Hochschule Harz can look back on a rapid development since it was established in 1991. At the heart of Germany, in two locations, Hochschule Harz educates academics for daily professional life. Ultramodern and market-oriented courses of study, practice-oriented teaching as well as first-class technical equipment are its defining strengths. Currently, about 3300 students are enrolled in more than 30 bachelor and master degree programmes in the Departments of Automation and Computer Science, Public Management and Business Studies. Hochschule Harz enjoys a very good reputation, both domestically and abroad. A complex network offers the best contacts to national and international partners in research, business, politics and administration.
Cisco is a American-based multinational corporation that designs and sells consumer electronics, networking, voice, and telecommunications technology and services. Headquartered in San Jose, California, Cisco has more than 70,714 employees and annual revenue of US$ 40 billion as of 2010. The Cisco Commitment on the sustainable development started in 2006. Cisco believes that information technology has the power to transform how the world approaches environmental challenges. Cisco sees the Internet and networking technology at the heart of a global technological ecosystem where people and businesses can begin to work, live, play, and learn in new and more sustainable ways.
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with 172,000 employees worldwide, including 105,000 employees in France, and sales of 45.3 billion euros in 2011. Present in 35 countries, the Group had a customer base of 226 million customers at 31 December 2011, including 147 million customers under the Orange brand, the Group’s single brand for internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the company operates. Orange is one of the mainEuropean operators for mobile and broadband internet services and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.
Orange has embedded Corporate Social Responsabilty into its strategy with a commitment to contribute to a greener economy by working at reducing its own environmental impact and by helping its customers to reduce their own impact thanks to our products and services.
Ericsson is a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and related services to mobile and fixed network operators globally. Over 1,000 networks in more than 175 countries utilize our network equipment and 40 percent of all mobile calls are made through our systems. We are one of the few companies worldwide that can offer end-to-end solutions for all major mobile communication standards.
Communication is changing the way we live and work. Ericsson plays a key role in this evolution, using innovation to empower people, business and society.
We provide communications networks, telecom services and multimedia solutions, making it easier for people all over the globe to communicate.
RUSSOFT Association is the nation wide association of the most technically competent software developing companies from Russia, Byelorussia and Ukraine.
We maintain the highest level of international standards, professional training and quality control, whereas our companies are the absolute leaders by CMMI/ISO certification in Europe. Their capabilities have been proven by long term customer relationships and partnerships with such companies as IBM, Boeing, SAP, Procter&Gamble, Italtel, CSC and others.
Some of RUSSOFT members produce and sell their own software products while others provide software development and software engineering services for projects in various areas, ranging from small ones to those consisting of several hundred person-years.
Propentus is one of the Finland’s most significant companies in designing and implementing permission management information systems. In addition, we also have become a pioneer in solutions which are based on Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).
FRUCT LLC provides management and organizational infrastructure for the Open Innovations Association. FRUCT Manages joint R&D projects, organizes university courses and invited lectures given by the industrial experts, organizes conferences/seminars/trainings and so on. The main research and development priorities of FRUCT are development of Solutions and devices for mobile-Healthcare, Early Diagnostics, Wellbeing and Fitness; Advanced mobile solutions for e-Tourism on Location Based Services and Geo-tagging; future oriented services on top of Internet of Things and Smart Spaces technologies; and multiplatform Mobile Applications, Services and Solutions.
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s goal is an education which sees the challenges of a resource-constrained world as an opportunity to innovate and accomplish remarkable things in the redesign of our industrial systems. It is about a changed education perspective first and foremost – moving from an emphasis on ameliorating the effects of the ‘take-make- dispose (linear) economy’ to the search for virtuous cycles of economic development (the ‘circular economy’). It is about a design philosophy, about how we produce and consume and how we enable the transition to a prosperous, beneficial and restorative economy and the skills, innovations, technologies and systemic changes which will be needed.
Fondaterra is a unique multidisciplinary network of different public and private actors. It brings the project its skills on energy and mobility know how and feedbacks; its crossed sectors thinking abilities and its expertise skills on sustainable development conditions and valuation. Besides, Fondaterra has strong mediation and dissemination capacities as the foundation is involved in several European networks. First one is gathering campuses to increase knowledge of higher education on sustainable development usages, and to disseminate best practices through the creation of a European observatory of energy and carbon use in higher education. This one will aim to improve information’s transfer and promote market transparency (RUEGHE). Second one is the European commission’s KIC (Knowledge Innovation Community) dedicated to climate change issues. Fondaterra is developping students challenges to support ideas calls and support best ones to “proof of concept” development.