The Knowledge4Foot project contributes to promoting European excellence and high quality in higher education.  It introduces innovative tools to adapt and update the learning and training curricula of higher education providers for managers, designers, and engineers, in order to achieve greater creativity, innovation and high performance in European footwear manufacturing and related sectors.

The project results/products are the following:

Output 1:Mapping the knowledge triangle for transferring research and innovation in footwear manufacturing

The aim of this study is to give a deep overview of the labor market needs for highly qualified professionals  in footwear manufacturing with right mix of transversal and professional skills  in order  to boost the transfer of novelties coming from research  and innovation in product, processes and services that provide added value.

Output 2: Training programme and e-learning content for transferring research and innovation

The training courses develop skills and competencies in research, innovation and technological transfer applied to footwear manufacturing. Three modular courses were developed, with 4 units/modules each (total 12 modules), for a training programme having 125 total hours.

Output 3: Multimedia handbook for project-based training and virtual placement of HE students and trainees from SMEs

The content of the multimedia handbooks addressing both to students and supervisors have been elaborated and transformed into e-booklets.

Output 4: Knowledge4Foot Platform for Transferring Research and Innovation in Footwear Manufacturing

An online knowledge-based platform was  designed, developed and released. It integrates the developed resources within the project (curriculum, training content, guides, other resources) in order to resemble an Internet-based research and development center that acts upon virtual placement of trainees and project-based activities. 

Output 5: Entrepreneurial thinking in footwear manufacturing – Book of lectures for Intensive summer training course

This e-book was used and tested by the participants in the Intensive Summer Course.

Event: Research and Innovation in Footwear Manufacturing -Final conference

Participants: experts, researchers and other professionals from the footwear and leather industries, universities, research institutes and training centers.

Learning/Teaching/Training Activities

Intensive programme for higher education learners

The participants (students) have followed core and optional lectures where they received knowledge and skills for transforming innovative ideas into startup businesses in footwear sector. They were tutored by trainers from partner institutions and were coached by representatives from footwear companies.