EARN – Something good for European automation education!

If you see the word EARN probably the first meaning that comes to your mind is to earn or to gain something and normally it means something good for you. In this blog, however, EARN has another meaning. It is the abbreviation of European Automation Resource Network, which is one of the European projects funded by ERASMUS Life Long Learning programme.

Today automation is a very important field of technology. Most of the industrial applications are using automation and it is almost impossible to operate processes and machinery without automation. Applications based on automation are used everywhere and the competitiveness of Europe can be improved with skilled use of automation.

In Europe there are several universities which are providing education in automation. Co-operation between these higher educational institutes is a good way to foster their excellence. The idea of this project is based on discussions with the partner universities. The EARN project started at the end of 2011 with four partners:

  • JAMK University of Applied Sciences (Finland),
  • Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences (Austria),
  • University of Applied Sciences Esslingen (Germany) and
  • VŠB Technical University of Ostrava (Czech Republic)

The aim of the project is to get together potential partners working with automation to share good practices and to develop Education, R&D, Innovations and Services in the field of automation. Hopefully this project is of benefit to you as well.

More information about our EARN project can be found at the internet address www.earnproject.eu.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Jaakko Fonselius, Dr.Tech.
JAMK University of Applied Sciences


One Comment

Posted 29.10.2013 at 13.07

Besides education, responsibilities of universities today cover R&D projects, services to companies, innovations and entrepreneurship boosting. The challenge is how to integrate these operations with education smoothly and take into use the current personnel resources (teachers, R&D personnel etc.). Finding best practises in integrating these operations would be useful for all universities within EU .