NEWS - 2022/02/01

New Trends on Urban Mobility – Developing a Course to Provide Key Competencies to Professionals

On Thursday 27 January, the project New Trends on Urban Mobility had its virtual kick-off meeting. The major goal of this initiative is to understand what are the trends on urban mobility, for which an “ad hoc” course will be developed and taught at the UPC School – Tech Talent Center. Starting in September 2022, with a teaching staff made up of renowned academics and industrial experts, the program will incorporate different learning tools combining traditional lessons with short inspirational content pills based on technology, industry, and city thematics. This course will provide professionals with key competences in order to keep their mobility knowledge up to date.

New Trends on Urban Mobility (NewUM), a project co-funded by the EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, aims to provide new knowledge and effective skills to those professionals working mainly in automotive-related companies. As the mobility sector in Europe represents the main component of economic stability and growth, the linkage between industries and business services has an important multiplier effect in the value chain. The ability of professionals to keep up with the rising rate of technology-driven change depends on their ability to adapt fast. In front of new professional challenges, lifelong learning for professionals used to a century-fixed industry with a traditional outlook of functioning is increasingly necessary.

The ultimate goal of NewUM is to teach professionals the key components of mobility transformation, to raise awareness of the challenges and assist institutions to succeed in adapting to this changing market, uplifting EU competition, and, in the long run, providing citizens with the benefits of technological progress. Through 5 modules, the program will teach the evolution of mobility to understand its past and future, the fundamentals of major mobility trends such as sustainable mobility, connected vehicles, MaaS, infrastructure and goods, and others, ICT technologies, how to develop good relations between mobility stakeholders, start-ups’ ecosystem, and the processes and methods for innovation.

NewUM is oriented to professionals who are already involved in the urban mobility sector and want to upgrade innovation in their institutions. With a work-friendly format, it offers an experience with a worldwide renowned staff of teachers and lecturers from universities, research centres, industries, public administrations, and start-ups.

The consortium, led by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC), is composed of partners from the academic and industrial field: UPC School, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Tecnalia, and CARNET.