On 5 June, the management team of the HAMK’s Design Factory organised the webinar ‘Applying Virtual Environments in Distance Learning of Product Development’.
Hosted by Jari Jussila, Director of HAMK Design Factory, the webinar presented a case study of Glue Collaboration Platform in product development and prototyping products, and an overview of how virtual environments can be used in distance learning.
The online session was attended by academic staff and students of the RUN-EU alliance members, as well as members of the distance learning units, interested in learning how to use new virtual and augmented reality techniques for online teaching and different online and virtual environments for joint product development and prototyping.
These PhDs are part of the European network Regional University Network – European University (RUN-EU), led by the Polytechnic of Leiria. This year will be created 10 vacancies for graduates of the Polytechnic of Leiria, covering a wide range of scientific fields. The PhD available will have a four years duration program, and students will spend, per year, six months in Ireland and six months in Portugal, couting with a co-supervisor of the Polytechnic de Leiria and a co-supervisor of AIT or LIT to develop the research program,.
RUN-EU network will promote the future and advanced skills necessary for social transformation across the European Union. The institutions will develop several actions allowing students to attend difrent international programs.
The mission is to promote economic, social, cultural and sustainable development of the territories covered by the network, providing the necessary skills so that students, researchers and regional agents can successfully face the challenges of the future. This consortium aims to be a dynamic agent for the social transformation of regions, promoting active citizenship and leading the creation of a new multinational interregional alliance (European Interregional Development Zone)
Polytechnics of Leiria and of Cavado and Ave have joined with Portuguese companies and RUN-EU alliance members to prepare five applications to funded projects. The co-promotion projects are a partnership between companies and non-corporate entities of the RDI System framed in Portuguese Polytechnic institutions in cooperation with European partners from Universities of Applied Sciences or Institutes of technology.
This call has been a very successful test for the RUN-EU alliance, since the RDI collaborative network has provided the international consortia for all the applications, submitted in different knowledge areas and scientific fields. These applications follow others, recently submitted to other European Calls.
The submitted application include industrial research and experimental development projects, aiming at the development of new products or services (total investment between 800 thousand and 1 million euros) as well as small industrial research and experimental development projects of exploratory nature, aiming at the development of new products or services (total investment between 200 and 300 thousand Euro).
Morning Session, at ESAD.CR auditorium. Common program with CLAY – Interregional Learning Event 04, on the themes of Ceramics in Portugal and Ceramics Education. Followed by a networking lunch.
Afternoon session, city of Caldas da Rainha and Óbidos. Ceramic artists and designers’ studio visit: Paula Violante & Miguel Neto, Vitor Reis, Eneida Tavares, Hugo Graça, VICARA, Margarida Moreira, Inês Santos and Telma Vieira.
Day 2. 20th February
Morning Session, at ESAD.CR Library Room – workshop/ panel discussion 09:30h – 13:00h (Previous visit to the School’s workshops and other facilities) Professor José Luís de Almeida e Silva – introduction and moderation
Theme: A reflection on the
regional potential of ceramics and the role of Higher Education in its
development and transformation, with the purpose of creating an advanced
international course in the area of Product Design – Ceramics involving designers,
artisans, artists, industry (SMEs) and policy makers, and adapted to the
characteristics of each region.
National and international perspective on the links and forms of
mediation between industry, Higher Education Institutions and designers
Followed by a presentation of each of the participants’ schools, its projects
and approaches to the subject of Product Design – Ceramics, but also to the
pedagogical strategies and forms of coping with the territory, from a global
perspective to regional impact.
Open workshop attended by Product Design – Ceramics and Glass students and teachers.
Afternoon Session, at ESAD.CR Library Room – workshop / panel discussion 14:30h – 18:00h Workshop with alumni:
The contribution of ESAD.CR, and arts and
design education for the development and innovation of regional ceramics and
design processes. The alumni and SME vision and experience.
João dos Santos – Short contextual introduction to the RUN Network.
Ro.Se (Rogério and Sérgio), Ana Rita Fonseca, André Sancho, Rita Frutuoso,
Vítor Agostinho and Vítor Reis.
Open talk between alumni, ESAD.CR students and RUN partners.
The importance of a transdisciplinary learning environment for the
development of the designer’s identity and a diverse set of skills.
The importance of school in the mediation between designers and
industry. Discussion around the relative importance of industry for the
development of the young designer, and around the importance of design to a
more responsible and sustainable industry – what are the different roles of
Schools and regional institutions in face of the sector’s challenges? On this
context, what tools and skills should be addressed, considering the
International Short Advanced Course on Product Design – Ceramics?
Open workshop attended by Product Design – Ceramics and Glass students
Day 3. 21st February
RUN workshop, Library Room
10:00h – 14:00h
Short Advanced Course – Product Design –
Ceramics, working draft.
a) Who can apply: 2 students from each of the RUN partners, and everybody with interest on the subject. Selection made through the admission criteria. b) Admission Criteria: CV, portfolio, letter/ video of intention, working proposal, 3 years’ experience in the field of ceramics and/or design. c) The number of students for each SAC – PDC edition is, preferably, between 15 and 20. NOTE: the SAC has a scientific committee for the selection of the applicants
2. International and regional Partners
a) RUN partners – mentors to each and all SAC editions. SAC staff is composed of one to two mentors (lecturer, associate professor, researcher, …), from each Partner School b) Involve local communities – political representatives (e.g. municipal counsellors and technical staff from local museums); industrial associations; artistic and design associations, galleries, workshops, … c) Regional Partners have a significant role, facilitating access to the applicants, and contributing with knowledge, experience and technology to the SAC. d) Regional Partners are directly involved in some of the SAC activities, such as open classes, seminars, masterclasses or workshops
3. SAC duration
3 – 4 weeks long – 6 to 8 ECTS. The SAC – PDC is designed as a module or part of a module of a master program, contributing to the student’s curricula. In the long term, we expect this to be a module of an International Open Master. All participants receive a certificate with the corresponding credits.
4. RUN timeline (3 years)
Proposed timeline for the 5 SAC, to be held in each of the 5 participating Schools Each SAC edition is adapted to the regional context (theme and partners). After each SAC edition, it is assessed and improved, if necessary. SAC 1 – October 2020 SAC 2 – LAD/ LIT – 1st semester of 2021 SAC 3 – ESD/ IPCA – 2nd semester of 2021 SAC 4 – HAMK – 1st semester of 2022 SAC 5 – ESAD.CR / PL – 2nd semester of 2022 Final Event – 1st semester of 2023: balance, sharing of results, exhibition and other forms of dissemination (Dutch design Week, BID, …), next steps
5. SAC – PDC structure
This draft was designed considering a duration of 4 weeks.
1. From the admission process, the mentors will adapt the applicant’s proposals to the theme. 2. Students are expected to have different backgrounds and experience. 3. The SAC is divided in two parts: a) An introductory part, lasting one week, designated Context, in which the students are introduced to the theme, and to the course subjects and its material conditions. At the end of the week, students will organize in teams with one mentor attributed to each. Students will work in teams for the rest of the SAC. b) The second part of the course, lasting three weeks, is designated project development.
Week 1 – context Day 1 a) SAC Introduction and welcome + “wayfinding” b) Context: Invited speaker – masterclass introducing the regional theme, with economical, historical, social, anthropological, ethnographical, artistic, or other references considered relevant. Day 2 Masterclass/ field trip (full day) – hands on materials, inside or outside the School facilitie Experts from faculty or regional partners will lead the masterclass Day 3 Research day – students have to write a small report. There is no specific boundary to the research materials (library, workshops, landscape, factories, studios, galleries …) Day 4 Masterclass/ field trip (full day) – hands on materials, inside or outside the School facilities Experts from faculty or regional partners will lead the masterclass Day 5 Team definition – project themes. During this day, students will organize in teams no smaller than three, and will work on the project theme. The teams must prepare a presentation/ pitch of itself and the proposed theme. Network Dinner (ND) with a guest speaker from regional partners. Other regional partners are invited to the dinner. The tables are organized with a mix of students, mentors, regional partners and public representatives. Teams present the pitch.
Week 2 to 4 – project development a) Each team has 2 meetings a week with the assigned mentor (minimum contact time: one hour). b) All teams have one peer learning session per week. This session is the forum for debate between students. Two or three mentors can help mediating the conversation. Expected to have half-day duration. NOTE: team meetings and peer learning sessions can occur anywhere. c) Upon team request or mentors’ suggestion, regional practitioners or experts can be invited for specific workshops, masterclasses or other kind of collaboration. These collaborations can occur at the School, or for e.g. at the partner facilities. These collaborations are important for introduction to new technologies and processes, or to redefine team’s challenges. d) If necessary, PR experts can be invited to help teams promote linkages between the parts of each project and, when necessary HEI’s.
Week 4 – last 3 days – exhibition and presentation (E+P) a) The last three days are dedicated to the setup of a project exhibition, and to its opening with public presentations. In Leeuwarden, this exhibition could take place at the Princessehof Museum.
 Lecturer at ESAD.CR, Phd, expert in economy and
ceramics, ambassador of the International Academy of Ceramics, and
representative of the Portuguese Ceramic Cities and Villages Association.
 With participants from different European countries such as Italy and France
The RUN-EU launch event hosted by the Ambassador Pedro
Lourtie, Deputy Permanent Representative of Portugal to the European Union. It
was attended by around 70 representatives from the eight Higher Education
Institutions (HEIs), but also the Portuguese Secretary of State for Science,
Technology and Higher Education, João Sobrinho Teixeira, by the diplomatic
representatives from Ireland, Hungary, Finland, the Netherlands and Austria,
and also had the participation of some accredited assistants of the European
About 24 student representatives, coming from all member
Institutes, also played a leading role in this event, with a presentation in
which their shared their vision for the creation of the new European
During the launch ceremony the Presidents, Rectors and
official representatives of the eight RUN-EU alliance members signed a mission
agreement that will govern the creation of the consortium and establish the
lines of action of this alliance.
many focused student consultation events both at an institutional and network
level, a group of 24 students composed by three representatives from each
partner Institution came together in a full day pre-launch workshop in Brussels
on February 11, 2020. The students were invited to participate in the RUN-EU
launch event, held the following day, to present suggestions for the future of
RUN-EU and the European Universities to the High Level representatives of the
alliance members, as well as the Portuguese Secretary of State, Ambassadors and
EC representatives present at the event.
bodies of each RUN-EU Institute have been involved in the co-creating of the
alliance through surveys and focus groups. The student representatives present
at the workshop discussed the students’ perceptions and opinions on what a
European University should be and who the future RUN-EU European University
should address them. These events have informed the development of the RUN-EU
long term vision and, student preferences in relation to approaches to
pedagogical and mobility arrangements.
representatives of RUN-EU members visited HAMK University, in Hämeenlinna,
Finland, during the “Freezing Week 2020”, from 3-7 February 2020. The School of
Entrepreneurship and Business hosted the 6th international staff exchange week,
with the theme of “responsible business”.
The participants enjoyed the program and social events, got to know each other and discussed the cooperation among the RUN-EU alliance, providing insights on the activities and organization of the RUN-EU European University.
During the week, the visiting groups shared their expertise with students and other teachers and staff members, as well as visited the laboratories and HMKS’s Design Factory.
at the highest level, of all members of the RUN-EU alliance, met in Ireland on
the 16th and 17th of January, for a two-day strategy
event focused on the development:
alliance’s work plan for the coming year
RUN-EU alliance European University Initiative application including agreement
of its joint vision and long-term strategy
partners engaged in discussion on immediate and future cooperation activities,
including the participation of members of all Institutes in events to be
organized, including HAMKS’s Freezing Week / International Staff Exchange, the joint
organization of Short Advanced Program, including a program in Ceramics to be
held in Portugal, and the participation in the International Conference on
Hospitality and Tourism, to be held in Guimarães, Portugal, among others.
plan for the two-day event was divided between the Athlone Institute of
Technology, who hosted the first day, and the Limerick Institute of Technology,
which hosted participants on the second day. The schedule included tours of
institute facilities including Research Centers and business incubation centers.