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Train the trainers

Four editions of the seminars on developing SSC-related courses and packaging such courses for online delivery via the MOOC platform have been delivered to faculty members in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Colombia. 

According to Prof. Tomasz Janowski from the Gdansk University of Technology and Danube University Krems “Technology companies have generally higher capacity and know-how in smart city development than city administrations, particularly in small cities. Therefore it is so important to have universities and cities work together – for universities to support cities with research and teaching capacity, and for cities to provide universities with problems along with data and insights to help address them”.

The training was designed by the GUT in Poland, and Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Argentina as a deliverable in the CAP4CITY project, and targeting the academic and administrative staff of Latin American partner universities to strengthen the governance capacity for smart sustainable cities. The training of trainers consisted of two parts: methodological and practical training and was delivered remotely due to Covid-19 restrictions.

During the four editions of the training, over 200 university staff were trained, including 173 teaching staff by 64 administrative staff. 

Argentina Edition

Universidad Nacional del Sur

Brazilian Edition

Complexo de Ensino Superior Meridonal

Pontifical Catholic University of Rio grande del Sul

Chilean Edition

Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria

Universidad Católica del Norte

Colombian Edition

Universidad Externado de Colombia

Escuela Colombiana de Ingería Julio Garavito

Overall, the training was highly positively received by the academic community. Here are some comments from the training:

“The innovativeness of the proposal has surprised me several times”

“The whole process of the training is very interesting”

“I found it interesting to learn about the subject to improve the teaching of classes.”

“Everything, I did not know the process and now I already have a basis to apply what I have learned”

“The training covered more topics than I expected. It has very good material to understand how to teach in online environments.”

“It really exceeded my expectations. I think the course provides a fantastic overview of what creating and running a MOOC entails”

As a result of the training SSC-related academic courses and MOOCs will be developed and delivered to Latin America partner universities to facilitate the progress toward strengthening the governance capacity of smart and sustainable cities.