2020: Digitalizarea industriei apei si a educatiei in domeniului apei – DIGIWATRO
Project Promoter: Universitatea „Dunarea de Jos” din Galati
Project Code: 20-COP-0050
Partner: Norwegian University of Life Sciences – NMBU
The digitalisation of the water sector can make the water utilities and services much more efficient than today in the context of limited resources. The role of universities to strengthen the quality of graduate studies, using increased digitalisation and motivations to promote uptake of innovations are important, as the graduates today will be the decision-makers, administrators, managers and scientists tomorrow.
The objective of the DIGIWATRO project is to increase the effectiveness in the water sector by enhancing the use of digital tools in utilities facilitated by the enhanced digital competence in graduate education. This will be achieved through two sub-objectives (1) Increase the process surveillance and process control in water supply and wastewater management with a high cost-benefit ratio and (2) Reducing the digital skills mismatch in the water industry.
The target groups are graduate students and university teachers, water utility managers, industrial managers, consultants and researchers, the general public including Roma population.
The project includes four intellectual outputs to be developed by UGAL and NMBU together. They will result in enhancing digital surveillance, automation and cybersecurity in water utilities, promoting life-long learning in the water sector using hybrid education, boosting the digital skills of teachers and learners to promote digital Innovations in the water sector with hybrid learning and developing digital tools to strengthen involvement in water issues by the general public especially the Roma population.
DIGIWATRO had an important impact project participants leading to better use of digital technology for teaching and learning of water subjects, improving education through better data analysis and foresight; developing skills and competencies necessary to support the digitalisation of water education; growing generation of water professionals leading the digital transformation of the water industry.