On the 11th and 12th of July, the Skills4Cities project  (Smart Skills for Smarter Cities, No: 2020-1-BG01-KA202-079071) had a new transnational project meeting in Krems (Austria) hosted by the local project partner ECQAEuropean Certification and Qualification Association. The project meeting happened in the University of Applied Sciences in Krems.


During the first part of the meeting, project partners made the final review of the Intellectual Output 1 and its different results, which have been published and are already available in the project website:

Once validated and given the last input about the IO1, the next point in the Agenda was the skills specification based on the EQF model under the Intellectual Output 2. Also some administration issues were discussed.

What is the Intellectual Output 2 about - Validation tools for smart city competencies

There are two main results foreseen under the IO2 performed during the Skills4Cities project:

  • Guidelines for Validation of competencies for a smart city administration which clarify the basic features of validation and identifies and recommends referent phases of this process.

  • Rules for Certification of smart city roles that describe the process of examination, certification, and recognition of the competences acquired in the training of the target groups based on the framework elaborated under this project.


The purpose of both, the validation Guidelines and the Rules for certification, is to make possible the implementation and the sustainability of the impact of IO1 - Toolkit for smart cities competencies framework. The validation tool will be a unified certification schema for the smart city professions, it will support the definition and development of the competencies required for smart city job roles, will define and verify quality criteria for training organizations and trainers to assure the same level of training all over Europe and will serve as a centralized instrument for promoting all certified job roles in the interested smart cities. 



Apart from the discussion about the project and the Intellectual Outputs, the project team had the opportunity to visit and talk about other potential collaboration with other European project related to data management for cities. There was also a visit planned to the eVRyLab from the university, which contains a pioneering technology in the field of movement in virtual space and thus becoming a pioneer in digitalization in Lower Austria.