Innovating education for the (textile) engineer of the future

CTSE-UGent has a long tradition in educational innovation, specifically for textile education. This resulted in joint projects to create online courses, online resources, lesson plans and more. We combine our expertise in both research and education with new technologies and methodologies to help train the textile engineers of the future.

We have been – and still are - actively involved in different educational projects for many years. We like to highlight some of our recent projects below.

Software Tools for Textile Creatives – OptimTexLogo Erasmus+ project OptimTex

The main aim of the OptimTex project is to improve knowledge and skills in the field of software applications for Higher Education students, as well as their employability within textile enterprises, by providing these well-adapted training instruments for their profession. The project is funded with support from the European Commission and is a Strategic partnership - KA2 / Higher Education for Innovation, meant to foster knowledge and skills of design software for e-textiles (weaving, knitting, virtual prototyping, embroidery, experimental design and techtransfer). The implementation of the project had a duration of 2 years: December 2020 - November 2022.

Module of software applications for weaving by UGent
Module of software applications for weaving by UGent

ICT in Textile and Clothing Higher Education and Business – ICT-TEXLogo voor het Erasmus+ project ICT-Tex

The aim of the ICT-TEX project is to develop a curriculum and syllabuses that meet the requirements of the specialists working in the textile and clothing industry. The project responds to the tremendous need for industry executives, especially those who can work with CAD, CAM, CAE and PLM systems requiring a higher level of ICT proficiency. The project is an Erasmus+ Knowledge alliance with a duration of 3 years: January 2020 – December 2022.

3D CAD simulation

Smart textiles for STEM training - Skills4SmartexSkills4Smartex logo

The main aim of Skills4Smartex is to prepare trainees in STEM based on smart textiles. The labor market in STEM fields needs appropriate skilled professional workers, in order to compete on the global market. In this context, the Skills4Smartex's aims to improve the knowledge, skills and employability of STEM students in the fields related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) by providing appropriate training. The project is funded with support of the European Commission and is a Strategic partnership - KA2 / Vocational Education and Training, in the field of transfer of innovation from research providers towards textile enterprises & VET schools. The implementation of the project had a duration of 2 years: October 2018 - September 2020.


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Co-funded by the erasmus+ programme of the european union

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Prof. dr. ir Lieva Van Langenhove (