Project ICARUS brings together a number of experts and leaders in Industry 4.0 from European Higher Education Institutions and lead by the University of Malta to collaborate together to develop specific training content and support HEI trainers and learners.

It is a known fact that the world of work is increasingly becoming digitialised, this is evident from what has been termed the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0). Technology is developing at such a fast pace that even HEI educators are finding difficulties to catch up and keep abreast of the latest technologies. This problem of EU educators needing to urgently catch up with Industry 4.0 technologies is even highlighted by the EU Commision, and World Economic Forum. This implies that educators will not be in an effective position to pass on knowledge to their students who are the workers of future generations. At the same time past generations of students who graduated a few years back find themselves in a position where they do not have the required knowledge to implement Industry 4.0 technologies that had not been developed or thought at the time.

This situation implies that there is an urgent need for HEI trainers and learners to be given the chance to catch up with Industry 4.0 technologies such as:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Blockchain in Industry
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • 3D Printing
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Collaborative Robotics
  • Cybersecuirty
  • Industrial Networking
  • Big Data Analysis
  • Drones in manufacturing industry