One key component of industrial digital transformation is that technologies and processes that used to work in isolation in manufacturing companies are now integrated with one another through digital systems and data sharing. This leads to the disruption of traditional subject-specific domains, which in turn leads to the increased expectation that current and future staff will be capable of working across traditional subject-specific domains.
In Denmark and worldwide, great amounts of research are being conducted into these themes, which some refer to as Industry 4.0, while others claim that we are already heading into Industry 5.0. UCN gathers all these research activities under the theme of Industrial Digital Transformation, and we have established an applied research centre with this particular focus. Here we intend to define and carve out a niche that will produce the greatest possible yield to our study programmes and staff as well as the employers in our region.
It is our ambition to build an internationally recognized academic environment within the next five years. Through continued systematic developments and extensive collaboration with the regional SME segment, our academic environment will play a significant part in the North Jutland region while also influencing international research.
In collaboration with MADE – Manufacturing Academy of Denmark – we intend to stoke up lifelong learning for technical staff who are working in robotics, 3D printing, digital twins, etc. We will do this by developing new continuing professional education programmes and courses and by making them flexible and available through new digital learning technologies.
In collaboration with a number of other European knowledge institutions and businesses under the Horizon2020 project FIT4FoF, we are considering the need for skill development among industrial workers. We analyse trends in six areas of industry to arrive at new job profiles and skill requirements for future industrial workers. Based on these analyses, UCN is developing a co-design tool for designing industrial continuing education programmes.
The purpose of this project is to develop entrepreneurship and innovation capacity in students and staff in higher education institutions. Through co-design and open innovation, we aim to generate is to generate new knowledge of how to prepare the employees of the future for technological developments. This project is financed by the European HEI Initiative.