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Contribution of the KIOS CoE to the development and modernization of curricula in Cyber-Physical Systems


The KIOS Research and Innovation Center of Excellence (CoE) research team is contributing to the development and modernization of curricula in Cyber-Physical Systems modelling and simulation in Belarus and Ukraine, within the framework of the Erasmus+ project “CybPhys.” The KIOS CoE team is offering material, content, professional staff and student training, and guidance for the development of an innovative ICT environment.

The new curricula focus on multiple areas including physics, mathematics, engineering and technology. Particular emphasis is placed on the development and integration of ICT into the curricula to enhance the quality and relevance of education and to meet the labor market needs. The “CybPhys” project addresses, on one hand, the complex interrelation between high quality curricula that adhere to the Bologna process and the required competences and skills and, on the other hand, the labor market needs and students’ employability.

The KIOS CoE, along with eight organizations across the EU, Ukraine and Belarus, shares practices that guide in the accreditation of the new programs by the participating academic institutions, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine. The aim is to develop fifty new and modernized undergraduate- and post-graduate-level courses throughout the duration of the project. To realize this goal, novel instructional materials, ICT-driven teaching approaches and nine books on Cyber-Physical Systems modelling and simulation will be developed. The KIOS CoE research team is leading a book which is entitled Cyber-Physical Systems Modelling and Simulation.

Further, drawing on academic, research and industry demands, innovative training programs and workshops are currently designed and delivered to enhance the skills and knowledge of both faculty members and students in the field. The training programs and workshops will focus on a wide and diverse range of topics, including industrial control systems, Electromagnetic compatibility, critical infrastructures, new ICT tools, and advanced technical English. The KIOS CoE will lead a virtual multidisciplinary training program that will offer training on multiple areas, including industrial control systems, critical infrastructures, 5G technology and smart grids.

State-of-the-art labs will also be acquired by participating organizations in Ukraine and Belarus to implement the newly developed curricula and equip students with the required skills and knowledge to break into highly competitive industry and research arenas. Input from representatives from high-tech industry, European universities and research institutions will guide in designing curricula and training programs that respond to the market needs. The KIOS CoE research team is collaborating closely with participating organizations to ensure the realization of these activities, and has established the required mechanisms to monitor and evaluate the project outcomes against set benchmarks and indicators.

CybPhys is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union through Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education 2019.