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Universiti Teknologi MARA

This training course has been developed in the framework of the Erasmus+ project Smart textiles - Modernisation of curriculum of Textile Engineering and Textile Technology in Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan (SMARTEX).

The main outputs of SMARTEX are the modernisation and internationalisation of Higher Education Institutes in Malaysia, Indonesia and Pakistan, in the context of the priorities identified in the New EU Consensus in Development and the EU Higher Education in the World.

In this framework, 15 updated and new courses in textiles are offered, and distributed through this online platform. Furthermore, national and international internships will be promoted and supported.

The objectives of the project are:

·       To analyse the competences necessary for graduates of textile engineering and related faculties' bachelor studies in Asian universities as far as technical and smart textiles are concerned.

·       To update the curriculums of Asian Universities, by developing new or by updating existing courses in textile engineering and related faculties' bachelor studies.

·       To integrate innovative teaching/learning methods into the reformed curriculum of Asian Universities.

·       To develop learning material for the new and updated courses and their correspondence to ECTS.

·       To promote the internationalisation of Asian HEIs by implementing international exchanges of staff and students.

·       To build capacity of academic and administrative staff of Asian HEIs by organising training sessions for them in European HEIs.

·       To enhance the competitiveness of Asian HEIs' graduates in the labour market with the organisation of national and international internships in companies.

The training course uses a blended learning methodology that consists of an e-learning part through the e-learning platform and face-to-face workshops and coaching sessions.

The e-learning phase has as objectives:

-        to bring together the participants and create the teams,

-        to introduce the themes to the participants and

-        to work on the main theoretical principles of the training course.

The total duration of the training will be 15 weeks.

At the end, the course will lead to a final assessment and certification based on the learners’ assessment, according to the European framework.

The course will introduce the students to various aspects of technical textiles including fibre properties, applications, and the functional properties of the end products in areas such as automotive, medical, industrial, protective clothing and engineering applications. Students will be able to understand the different functional end-uses of technical textiles other than apparel and clothing, and home furnishing items

The course will introduce the students to smart textiles in all their forms. An overview of smart textiles and the classification is first given. All different ways to create conductive textiles are presented, before moving on to textile sensors and actuators. Specific attention is given to polymers, SMA and microcapsules.  All types of applications are presented, specifically the smart protection. A basis of product design for smart textiles is given, and the students finish the course with a group project in which they create a prototype smart textile/garment.