Students from Croatia and Hungary had the chance to learn about industry 4.0 from experts at University of Pannonia in Nagykanizsa. In the period from 18th to 29th October 2021, the first round of intensive learning courses about Industry 4.0 was held.

Workshop at Business Incubator of Nagykanizsa

The course consisted of three parts: first part provided students with theoretical knowledge about Industry 4.0, second part included practical insight into programming languages Python and Arduino whereas in the final part, students attended a study trip to Nagykanizsa. Students participated in the course using an e-learning platform PEN Moodle and after finishing each chapter, they could test their knowledge by taking a short quiz. The course was finalized with a two-day study trip and joint activities of Croatian and Hungarian students.

On the first day of the study trip students, teachers and project team members from Croatia visited Business Incubator of Nagykanizsa. Zoltan Mihovics, the head of the Business Incubator of Nagykanizsa, introduced the visitors with their work and plans for the future.

Head of the Incubator Zoltan Mihovics and Erika Bognar, Head of Secretariat at NKVG

Ms. Timea Tarnai, founder of small but fast growing company Kodguru Ltd., held a workshop „Pass the knowledge!“ and told a story about how a small company can grow and be successful. She took the participants on a tour of the company’s business premises and showed them company’s machines and products. The workshop was very useful and inspiring, especially for the future entrepreneurs.

Company manager at Kodguru ltd., Ms Timea Tarnai

After the workshop, participants visited Tungsram factory where they had the chance to see the business system of one of the bigest manufacturer in Hungary. The company was established in 1896, in Újpest (today part of Budapest). Before the nationalization took place in 1945 it had been the third largest manufacturer of light bulbs and radiotubes in the world. The name Tunsgram is a combination of tungsten and wolfram – two most common names for the metal used for making light bulb filaments. In 1904 a Hungarian Sandor Justa and a Croat Franjo Hanaman were granted patent for the world’s first tungsten filament bulb. They licensed the patent to the company which came to be named Tungsram after the bulb. This historical fact is in a way symbolic considering the IC4HEDS project is based on Hungary-Croatia cross-border cooperation and our joined efforts are crucial for achieving project’s results.

Today Tungsram is employing around 4000 people and exploring new areas where their expertise can be used. Company is investing in safe technologies and dynamically growing global markets, such as smart solutions, smart cities, indoor farming and healthcare and at the same time they are strenghtening their core business general lighting (outdoor and indoor) and automotive lighting. Participants had the chance to see the manufacturing process, to hear about how IT is used for optimizing the production and to see LED lighting showroom. The visit has been very productive, educational and inspiring.

On the second day of the study trip, on 29th October, students participated in face-to-face lectures at University of Pannonia in Nagykanizsa. On the final day, after hours of intensive lectures, students wrapped-up all they have learned in the previous two weeks.

Students attending course at University of Pannonia in Nagykanizsa

Intensive learning courses are part of the IC4HEDS project, co-financed under INTERREG V-A Hungary-Croatia Cross-border Co-operation Programme 2014-2020, TICM has lead partner role and other partners are University of Zagreb, Faculty of organization and informaticsThe Nagykanizsa Campus of the University of Pannonia and Nagykanizsa Asset Management, Business incubator.

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