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At the University of Linné in southern Sweden, a project is underway to strengthen the competitiveness of the manufacturing industry from a global and national perspective.

The objective behind the project aims to lead to the development of advanced courses linked to Smart Industry based on the skills needs of industry.


In order to meet the skills needs of Smart Industry, the project “Smart Industry Step 2” aims to develop courses, but also to develop flexible methodologies for course development, implementation, admission process, etc. The courses should be at an advanced level and be based on the actual skills needs of enterprises, therefore the project will draw on close cooperation with industry companies to obtain relevant input and information. The overall aim is to maintain and strengthen the competitiveness of the Swedish manufacturing industry both from a global and national perspective.

Smart Industry – different themes

Smart industry comprises several sub-areas. In order to meet the skills needs of the market, the project will work closely with companies active in smart industry. In consultation with the organisations involved, the project has identified six different strands where courses will be developed:

  • Material and structural characterisation
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Production and production management
  • Smart maintenance
  • Data management
  • Sustainability and energy efficiency

In addition to the areas mentioned above, it will also focus on training courses for leaders and managers, which will be able to cover several thematic areas. The project hosts managers and managers who are professionals and want to develop skills in areas related to smart indutri.

Material and structural characterisation

This theme is about developing courses to provide a better understanding of how to value different materials and structures using experimental methods. While the methods still need a high level of performance and precision. In the facility, this can result in products that have improved quality and longer lifespan. The theme covers several sectors related to Smart Industry, from construction to space.

Modelling and simulation

The theme includes evaluating with simulations different scenarios for the production process. This could include analysing the structures and functions of the production chain. The aim is to improve the production process.

Production and production management (operation management)

The theme is linked to the ability to analyse and optimise the flow of the production chain using different technologies. It is necessary when production and operation management are important in the development of smart factories and other types of activities.

Smart maintenance

This theme aims to develop courses that provide a deeper understanding of how to use different methods and techniques to manage, analyse and ultimately use large amounts of data collected. It looks at a wide range of techniques, ranging from data mining to IT security.

Data management

This theme aims to develop courses that provide a deeper understanding of how to use different methods and techniques to manage, analyse and ultimately use large amounts of data collected. It looks at a wide range of techniques, ranging from data mining to IT security.

Sustainability and energy efficiency

This theme is about developing training courses aimed at supporting the manufacturing industry in its journey towards greater sustainability of its activities. The competitive industry of the future requires an increased focus on sustainability, energy consumption and resource use.

Courses for managers and managers of Smart Industry

It is of utmost importance that managers have the right level of knowledge to be able to lead smart industry activities. Managers and leaders need to have relevant knowledge of smart industry approaches, methods and technologies such as automation, data mining, machine learning and IoT. By enabling managers and managers to develop skills in smart industry, their leadership can be more effective and ultimately make the entire business more successful.

Target group of the project

The aim is to develop training courses to reduce the lack of required skills in industry, so the project’s target group is professional companies and organisations. It includes several industries, as well as subcontractors as well as companies that both develop and manufacture their own products. Other types of companies and organisations are also welcome to participate. The project will maintain a close dialogue with companies and organisations to ensure the relevance of the courses developed. The skills needs of Smart Industry are constantly evolving, therefore the project is open for the areas identified to be subject to change in the course of the project. The project is a continuation of Project: Smart Industry, Step 1.

Take part in the Smart Industry project

Participation can take several forms. To assist in the development of the courses and the materials used, and to organise experiments and, finally, to follow the courses themselves. More information and contact details can be found on the project website.

The aim of the scheme is to enable professionals to combine courses with their work. The courses will include remote lectures and will be combined with physical hits. 

Why is this a good practice?

It is extremely important that today’s training offers match the actual skills needs of the labour market. On the one hand, it contributes to the attractiveness of recent graduates in the labour market.

At the same time, it helps companies to continue to take a big step on their development travels and to increase their competitiveness.

From a national perspective, students graduating with the required skills will be able to contribute to the development of Smart Industry in Sweden. It can also increase the innovation capacity of companies. There are several advantages of this type of project that work closely with the labour market to develop the educational offer of the future. The project model can be applied across a wide range of areas and sectors.

More information about the project

Participating organisations

Linné University, Epic – Innovation Technology Center, Micropower Group, Epiroc, Strezia AB, Combitech, Scania, Solutions for tomorrow, SwePart Transmission AB, Virtual Manufacturing AB, Acoustic Agree AB, Zenta AB, Andritz AB, Volvo Construction Equipment AB, AB SKF, additive technology centre in Hultsfred AB, Campus Ljungby, Digital Manufacturing Cluster (RISE), DIGIT Hub Sweden (Mobile Heights). The project is financed by the KK Foundation (Expert Competence Step 2) and will run until 31 August 2026. 

Good practice details

Target audience
Digital skills in education.
Digital technology / specialisation
Digital skill level
Geographic scope - Country
Industry - field of education and training
Inter-disciplinary programmes and qualifications involving education
Geographical sphere
EU institutional initiative
Type of funding