HOW TO ALIGN IT SYSTEMS TO BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS? ERASMUS INTENSIVE PROGRAM PROPOSAL SMART CITIES: COMBINING SKILLS OF IT, BUSINESS AND SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS

W. De Bruyn1, G. Baekelandt1, P. Laitinen2, J. Garcia3

1University College Ghent (BELGIUM)
2Karelian University Joensuu (FINLAND)
3Tecnocampus Mataro (SPAIN)
After a succesful IP project ERP Fusion, University College Ghent, Karelian University Joensuu, Hof Technical University and Tecnocampus Mataro launched a new project proposal integrating 3 groups of students, IT, Business and social work.
A smart city is a city that uses intensively IT solutions to enhance the life, social interaction, business conditions in cities.
Cities are the way of living together in the coming fifty years. Seen the fact that the cost of having a good level of living is growing strongly, IT and communication tools can enhance the efficiency and lower the cost of good living conditions for everyone in the city.
This vision of a new type of city helps to bring students with different skills together to define, detail, develop new solutions for better life. In a 2 weeks time, students integrate ERP, environmental responsible technical solutions and social life enhancing applications in multi-disciplinary groups. All participating universities are close to smart city initiatives and living labs, creating a blueprint of future ways of living together. IT and non-IT students experience how IT can be used for environmental safe and social responsible living solutions.
We would like to extend this idea with other universities to other joint initiatives.