As part of the 9th Panhellenic Exhibition held in Arta from September 27 to October 3, 2023, many visitors had the opportunity to learn more about the new Industrial PhD of the Department of Informatics & Telecommunications of the University of Ioannina, at the Laboratory of Knowledge and Intelligent Computing (KIC Lab) kiosk, that implements the corresponding project. This new study program is part of the University’s internationalization activities and is carried out with the cooperation of academic and research organizations from Greece and abroad, while soon it will be able to accept doctoral candidates from all over Europe.

The main objective of the project is the creation and establishment of an inter-institutional Doctoral Studies Program in collaboration with European educational institutions and Research Institutes, titled “Industrial PhD in Computer and Telecommunications Sciences“. The Industrial PhD aims to introduce modern innovative research and education practices at the University of Ioannina and to contribute to the strengthening of research cooperation with European Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). In addition, the program seeks to attract PhD candidates and SME executives, who will undertake to implement their doctoral thesis at the participating educational institutions in at least two (2) countries and with a research topic that will concern issues and problems of industry & SMEs. The preparation of the doctoral thesis will be carried out under the co-supervision of faculty members of the collaborating academic institutions and researchers of the Research Centers. In addition, part of the research activity of the PhD candidates will be carried out in the context of the cooperation with the SME participating in the training and research plan of the PhD candidate and will concern the needs of the company. As a result, the research extroversion of the Department of Informatics & Telecommunications of the University of Ioannina and the collaboration with other Universities abroad will be strengthened, joint research groups from different European Universities will be created and, in addition, there will be direct research collaboration with innovative European SMEs, strengthening the relationship between academia and the labor market.

Furthermore, the new Industrial PhD will strive to provide a research methodology to acquire skills oriented towards European Industry trends, which will provide innovative technologies demanded in Industry 4.0. The academic institutions involved will have the opportunity to improve the quality of their provided education and carry out research adapted to modern trends, the State of the Art and the needs of Industry, mainly in the following subjects:

  1. Mathematics, physics, technology and engineering
  2. Information technology & telecommunications – ICT
  3. Social sciences & ability to learn and manage
  4. Entrepreneurship

This research project is co-financed by Greece and the European Union (European Social Fund- ESF) through the Operational Programme «Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning 2014-2020» in the context of the project “Industrial PhD in Computer and Telecommunications Sciences” (MIS 5162213).”

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