The Professional Academy:
The Smart Society Professional Academy serves to build capacity for accelerating the sustainable development of cities based on smart solutions and smart processes.
- Smart solutions are integrated socio-technical systems that link clean technologies through data and that integrate users and individual behaviour in form of a wider service and business model.
- Smart processes are a sequence of connected activities of multiple actors across institutions that achieve to deliver an urban service in the most efficient and sustainable manner.
A unique portfolio tailored for the needs of professionals
The Smart Society Academy provides future smart city professionals from the public and the private sector with applicable knowledge and tools to design, plan, finance, build and operate innovative solutions for smart cities. Based on cutting-edge learning methodologies it combines cloud-based learning with hands-on experience and a maximum degree of interaction to transmit practicable and actionable knowledge and expertise. The large Fraunhofer network of Smart Cities and leading experts in all areas of smart urban development serves to embed the learnings within real-world projects.
The Smart Society Academy provides training and learning for specialists and executives in the private and public sector. It is directed at three key user groups:
a) technical and executive personnel in city administrations and municipalities
b) managers and business developers in private sector companies
c) specialists and executives in municipal companies (housing, transport, energy, waste etc.)
Public and private sector learn jointly
Mixed groups, a high degree of on-site interaction and blended learning facilitated by leading European Experts in the area of smart cities represent the core of the approach towards building a smart society for an innovation-driven urban development in Europe.
Through this approach participants will learn how to facilitate collaboration and investments for innovative urban solutions, how to organize collaboration with the private sector and how to spur a maximum uptake of data-driven and ICT-based solutions to deliver urban services in an efficient way.”
The 6 month course provides participants with insights on both cross-sectional topics, such as social inclusion, environmental benefits and economic opportunities of Smart Cities, as well as covering in-depth insight in the relevant technological areas:
Cross-sectional topics: covering an introduction to the smart city concept, current trends and developments, a general technology review, citizen engagement processes, financing the smart city and innovative and traditional procurement.
Specific technological insights: focusing on a particular smart city technology, the application areas, status quo and developments, main players and case studies.
After completion of the course, participants will be able to take the certification examination „Certified Smart City Manager“ accoding to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17024. The examination will be supervised and executed by the Fraunhofer Personnel Certification Authority.
The courses being offered in 2018 are the following:
1. US: URBAN SPACE
Focus areas: Smart Lighting, Public Sensoring and Monitoring, Nature-based Solutions, Crowd Control, Smart Water Infrastructure, Mixed Use Concepts in Public Space
2. UM: URBAN MOVEMENTS
Focus Area: Smart and Sustainable Mobility, Digitalization and Mobility Services, Driveline Technologies, Autonomous Driving in the urban context, new forms of Public Transport, Sustainable Urban Logistics