November 2020

Online project meeting via Webex

On November 26, 2020, the University of Klagenfurt hosted an intermediate online project meeting of the duration of half a day. This event should have taken place physically in Klagenfurt, but due to COVID-19 restrictions and the lockdown gatherings were not allowed. So it was held online via the Cisco Webex platform.

The main purpose of the meeting was to assess the status of work at project level by reviewing the status of deliverables, milestones and tasks of each work package of the extension period. Special attention was given to the collection of indicators for the upcoming final technical and financial report along with the external financial audit. Furthermore, the coordinator introduced the COVID costs spreadsheet and regulations. 26 project partners attended the meeting.

November 2019

Project Meeting in Osijek (CRO)

On November 4th and 5th, 2019, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Information Technology of the Josip Juraj Strossamyer University of Osijek hosted the annual physical project meeting of the Erasmus+ Project BENEFIT. During this meeting the different work package leaders and members gave insights into their completed, current and future tasks in order to update the whole consortium about the overall progress of the project. The last session of the second day included the intervention of the EACEA project officer via teleconference, who provided precious feedback and advice.

The local newspaper “Glas Slavonije” reported on the training event, for more details click here.

February 2019

ICT4 Industry trade fair

In the days February 12 – 14, project BENEFIT has been presented on exhibition booth of Department of ICT at University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering. With the exhibition, we were disseminating the efforts of BENEFIT project among the industrial partners in the region. We have collected positive responses and comments, which will be a valuable addition to further development of ICT courses under the project.

January 2019

Presentation to Western Balkan

On 22.1.2019 a delegation from Kosovo, representatives from University of  Priština together with vice-dean prof. Mimoza Ibrani as well as representatives from UBT prof. Naim Preniqi, all together 8 guests, visited University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering.
Project activities were presented by dr. Matej Zajc and dr. Urban Burnik.
Guests expressed great interest in Benefit project and reported that they follow our work. Contacts for future collaboration were established.

November 2018

Project Meeting in Ljubljana (SLO)

September 2018

Meeting in Ljubljana (SLO)

In the same day of the open event, a virtual+ physical project board meeting in Ljubljana was held whose title is “Boosting the telecommunications engineer profile to meet modern society and industry needs – BENEFIT”

July 2018

Meeting in Tuzla (BD) – Inksikt Conference

InTsikt is an annual event with a focus on latest achievements in information and communication technologies. It is plenary organized and focused on knowledge and experience exchange between academia and industry. The topic of InTsikt 2018 was “Bridging Digital Divide”. InTsikt is prepared and organized by Faculty of Electrical Engineering Tuzla, Faculty of Electrical Engineering Ljubljana and BIT Center Tuzla, and technically sponsored by IEEE Section of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Total number of participants at InTsikt 2018 is 70.

In the scope of the first day program, prof. dr. Matej Zajc from University of Ljubljana presented general aims of project BENEFIT. The special session with the title “Education of modern telecommunications engineers: project BENEFIT” was organized on May 22, 2018 and included the following presentations:

  • “Introduction to project BENEFIT: overview and basic facts”, mr. sc. Davide Righini, Alpe Adria University, Klagenfurt, Austria
  • “Profile of modern telecommunication engineer from industry perspective in Western Balkan Region”, Prof. dr. Dejan Vukobratović, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
  • “Guidelines for modernization of telecommunication engineering Curricula”, Prof. dr. Matej Zajc, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • “Student internships and trainings in BENEFIT”, Prof. dr. Mladen Koprivica, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • “Internship opportunities for ICT engineers in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, mr. sc. Seudin Kasumović, Bicom, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Students of University of Tuzla expressed their interest for the project, and had opportunity to exchange impressions with professors from partner universities.

Television of Tuzla Canton and RTV 7 reported about this event.

During InTsikt, University of Tuzla (UNTZ) and Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in Osijek (FERIT) signed joint Memorandum of collaboration with the company AV Living Lab Ljubljana, Slovenia in the domain of autonomous vehicles.

May 2018

ICT Day 2018

The project Benefit was presented by prof. dr. Matej Zajc at the ICT day on 16. May at University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, in front of more than 50 students, faculty and invited industry. Link on Slovenian press agency.

March 2018

General Meeting in Novi-Sad (SRB)

group photo - Novi Sad meeting

At the end of March 2018, the University of Novi-Sad hosted the first Erasmus+ general meeting. Such meeting allowed the project members to  update the general progress of the project and to coordinate about the following steps.

November 2017

Kick-Off-Meeting at the University of Klagenfurt (AT)

At the end of November 2017, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt hosted the Erasmus+ Kick-Off-Meeting for the project BENEFIT. BENEFIT is a three-year long project coordinated by the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt (professor Tonello) that will focus on three main pillars:

1.) the cooperation between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and industry to modernize the study program in telecommunication engineering;

2.) the adoption of modern teaching methodologies and tools, the upgrade of the infrastructure, and the creation of several joint university-industry labs;

3.) the training of both teachers and students.

Furthermore, to increase level of cooperation, visibility and sustainable opportunities, the project will develop an integrated e-platform for class material for e-learning, available training/internships opportunities in the region, list of universities and companies from the consortium, employment opportunities, and events of technical content with society-at-large as target.

Therefore, BENEFIT will contribute to shape a modern profile for the graduates in the telecom/ICT engineering domain, bridging effectively the gap with the job market needs, which is a concrete action in response to the recently announced programmatic goals by WB countries.

The modernization of the Telecommunications study program into an ICT Engineering program fosters transversal skills, breaks the barriers that traditionally exist in the computer and the electrical engineering curricula and promotes the concrete application of ICT HW and SW skills in horizontal domains: smart systems, IoT, energy, e-health, transportation. The cooperation with industry promotes professional development of both teachers and staff involved in training with ICT methodologies.