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European Technology Platform 6th Annual Public Conference

Brussels, 31/03 – 01/04/2011

Association of Universities for Textiles

AUTEX policy for Education and Research related to Textiles and Clothing
http://www.autex.org

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ETP Conference

Association of Universities for Textiles

AUTEX Association of Universities for Textiles
Founded : 1994 Non-profit organisation according to Belgian law Secretariat : Department of Textiles (UGent) President : 3-year period Current president : Prof. C. Cherif, TU Dresden, Germany Currently : 31 members from 23 countries

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Mulhouse Germany : RWTH Aachen Germany : TU Dresden Greece : TEI Piraeus Italy : Politecnico di Torino Lithuania : Kaunas University of Technology The Netherlands : University of Twente Association of Universities for Textiles 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference AUTEX MEMBERSHIP (2) Poland : Technical University of Lodz Poland : University of Bielsko-Biala Portugal : University of Minho Portugal : Universidade da Beira Interior Romania : “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi Serbia : University of Belgrade Slovenia : University of Maribor Slovenia : University of Ljubljana Spain : UPC Barcelona Sweden : University of Borås Turkey : Ege University. Roubaix France : ENSISA. Izmir Turkey : Istanbul Technical University Turkey : Uludag University.AUTEX MEMBERSHIP : → European Union and neighbouring countries Albania : Polytechnic University of Tirana Belgium : Universiteit Gent Croatia : University of Zagreb Czech Republic : Technical University of Liberec Finland : Tampere University of Technology France : ENSAIT. Bursa Ukraine : Kiev National University United Kingdom : University of Manchester United Kingdom : Heriot Watt University 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference Association of Universities for Textiles 2 .

College of Textiles. PhD research Quality is key! 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference 3 .e. / e. i.Association of Universities for Textiles AUTEX MEMBERSHIP → United States : North Carolina State University. Shanghai 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference Association of Universities for Textiles Membership : based on educational standards and a solid “proven record” of research. Raleigh → China : Donghua University.g.

Association of Universities for Textiles MISSION STATEMENT To facilitate co-operation amongst members in high-textile education and research 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference AUTEX ACTIVITIES Association of Universities for Textiles -Annual high-level scientific conference (300-400 participants each year) AUTEX 11 : Mulhouse.autex2011. France : 8 to 10 June 2011 http://www. 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference 4 .com -Master Course : European Masters Programme in Textile Engineering → in general : stimulating textile and clothing (related) education and research.autexrj.com -Annual meeting plus meeting(s) in between -Editor of AUTEX Research Journal : peer reviewed articles http://www.

120 ECTS : two years .E-TEAM → a high level Master course about Textiles and Clothing since 1998 Association of Universities for Textiles → → developed in 1996-1998 with support of the Socrates programme under DG XXII (Directorate General for Education and Culture) – financial agreement n° 26105-MG2-1-96-1-BEERASMUS-ECDA collaborative course.4 semesters. → 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference Course structure . .1→3 semesters : regular courses with each course = one module = one specialised professor = one week.10 weeks package (= one semester) = one venue = one university 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference 5 .10 weeks / semester → 10 x 3 modules and professors from all over Europe . semester 4 = (research) thesis Association of Universities for Textiles .

Turkey : autumn 2012 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference GRADUATES (MASTER LEVEL) 1998-2010 • • • • • • • • • • Bangladesh : Belgium : Bolivia : China : Croatia : Czech Republic : Finland : France : Germany : Greece : 4 9 1 1 1 2 3 16 5 3 • • • • • • • • • • • Italy : Kenya : Lithuania : Macedonia : The Netherlands : Pakistan : Portugal : Spain : Sweden : Tunesia : Turkey : 1 1 15 1 2 3 1 1 16 1 6 Association of Universities for Textiles TOTAL NUMBER : 93 Remark : COST! 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference 6 . Belgium : autumn 2010 .“Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi.University of Istanbul.Association of Universities for Textiles 2010-2012 : .Ghent University. Turkey : autumn 2011 2011-2013 : . France : autumn 2011 . Romania: spring 2012 . UK : spring 2011 .Uludag University.University of Manchester.ENSAIT.

product design. advanced (nano) manufacturing. → cross-disciplinary education combining disciplines 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference 7 .Association of Universities for Textiles Education Statistics for AUTEX Members Europe and neighbouring countries Year BSc MSc PhD 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 1047 666 1138 1424 1064 532 399 547 951 961 70 53 72 74 63 → Conclusion : supply ≠ demand 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference Education : future Challenge : strong knowledge based industry Association of Universities for Textiles → increase number of graduates in science + technology = engineering → “traditional subject” teaching → towards modern and innovative / creative teaching : nanotechnology. smart textiles. etc. biotextiles.

31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference 8 . Tools : European programmes → Socrates : in general → Erasmus : more mobility! (currently 10 %) → Leonardo : vocational training → Marie Curie grants : in strong interaction with industry → Tempus : for better curricula development in several less-favoured regions → Grants for specific international Master studies. … → develop European education based on strong alliances : trans-European education → interaction / involvement with industry : * defining appropriate competences * study periods / practical placements in industry / traineeships 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference Association of Universities for Textiles Existing education is still too much a local activity funded only by governments : trans-national education is needed towards a single European approach for textiles.Education : future (2) Association of Universities for Textiles → updating existing workforce : short thematic courses. etc. ebased learning. PhD.

Permanent renewal of research because of PhD research by youngsters with continuous stream of new ideas! .Research and Universities .Cross-disciplinary research as a result of co-operation between various departments Association of Universities for Textiles .Strong interaction with industry : transferring research through incubators and spin-offs → co-operation public and private sector. 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference 9 .Broad spectrum from (very) fundamental to (very) applied research : from idea to product . 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference Association of Universities for Textiles -Universities co-operate through strong (international) links resulting in remarkable exchange / mobility of people and ideas in a fully open (European) Research Area leading to EXCELLENCE.

Grants (Marie Curie.Bio(based) textiles .Recycling . …) for individual mobility (universities ↔ industry) .Funding for transferring research results towards the application / market phase : demonstrators. incubators.Association of Universities for Textiles Challenging research areas for future textiles and clothing sciences .Interactive / smart textiles .Functional textiles .Biomimetics and textiles . …) .Modelling and simulation .Project funding for joint / collaborative research : applied but also towards pre-competitive research → role of ERC / ESF and ERA nets for excellence . 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference Association of Universities for Textiles What does the textile (academic) research community expect from the European Commission? . coatings.Photovoltaics and textiles .Etc.Nanotechnology (fibres. … 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference 10 .

additive manufacturing * biomimetics and textiles * textile modelling based on international co-operation / partnerships avoiding duplication (role of Technology Platforms!) and stimulating synergies.Strong and focussed policy from EC in close collaboration with member states and particularly with industry CAN make the difference with the rest of the world. “Yes.Europe (still) n° 1 for education and research in textiles .Association of Universities for Textiles . Prof. Remark : administrative simplification in EU-funding! 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference CONCLUSION and clothing → world class education → world class research infrastructure Association of Universities for Textiles .Relevant research areas with great potential : * bio and textiles * sensors and textiles / smart textiles * nano-manufacturing : electrospinning. we can!” Thank you for your attention. Paul KIEKENS 31/03-01/04/2011 ETP Conference 11 . ….