ASSETS+, the European project launched and well underway!

Launched in January 2020, the European project, ASSETS+, involves the University of Bordeaux and aims to implement a training offer over the next four years that meets with the requirements of an evolving defense sector. Funded within the framework of the Erasmus+ program, it is the only European project that “addresses the skills gap” in this sector.

  • 09/07/2020

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With a seeding fund of nearly 4 million Euros, ASSETS+ (Alliance for Strategic Skills Addressing Emerging Technologies in Defense) will propose training programs going from secondary school to higher education level and will also include advanced vocational training and professional reorientation. The programs will focus on disciplinary fields such as: electronics, IT, mathematics, signal and image processing, automatics linked to C4ISTAR issues, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and cyber security.

ASSETS+ aims to provide a format of training that corresponds to the evolutions and challenges of defense in the future, with teaching methods that can be adapted and reproduced at a European level (e.g. project teaching, summer schools, challenges, e-learning, services that facilitate links with the industrial structure).

In partnership with Bordeaux INP, the University of Bordeaux is active in all the stages of the project from the identification of key competencies to the definition of programs, to the implementation of proposal prototypes within the defense sector.

ASSETS+ is a symbolic project that illustrates collaboration at many levels: local, European, transdisciplinary. We are delighted to be part of this joint project that develops trainings in line with emerging technologies.

Joanne Pagèze — Vice president for internationalization, UBx

The very first stage of the project started six months ago and is dedicated to establishing a method that identifies and analyzes technological evolutions, applications and key competencies, necessary within the defense sector. This stage is carried out using different data bases (scientific articles, patents, etc.) and alongside industrial partners. The research group in theoretical and applied economics (GREThA) is active within the domain of C4ISTAR, in particular within the framework of the Defense Economics Chair with Jean BELIN who holds the Chair and is lecturer at the University of Bordeaux and collaborates closely with the University of Pisa. 

Similar studies have been carried out by the partner universities (Carlos III, Seville, Alborg and Rzeszów) on AI robotics and independent systems as well as on cyber security. Regular exchanges amongst the different partners have allowed the comparison of results and the highlighting of similarities and differences between the subjects.

The first report “Defense Technology Roadmap” explores each subject, identifies the technologies used by categorizing them according to their level of maturity on the one hand, and according to their application within the defense sector on the other hand. This is followed by the study of the competencies linked to these technologies and their applications. At the same time, the consortium has started discussions about the teaching options.

A mid-term objective is the preparation and implementation of test programs as regards content and also teaching methods. In order to develop a community of practices, grouping together the initiatives and actions of the Bordeaux Campus, and to prepare the launch of test programs, several initiatives will be deployed on the Bordeaux Campus over the next months.

The topic of ASSETS+ is a key one for many of the Bordeaux INP schools. Our institution is highly active within the defense sector and we are delighted to be part of this collaborative project.

Christophe Bacon — Vice-President in charge of Training, Bordeaux INP

The consortium unites 30 partners from 8 European countries:

  • Nine higher education establishments : University of Pisa, Aalborg University, University of Bordeaux, Central Supelec, University of Rzeszów, University of Cadiz, University of Seville, Technical University of Madrid and University Carlos III,
  • Four vocational teaching and training establishments, including Aérocampus,
  • Seven companies representing the industrial sector including AIRBUS, HENSOLDT, LEONARDO, NAVANTIA, ROLLS-ROYCE, SAAB et SAFRAN,
  • Many clusters and certification bodies.

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C4ISTAR

Acronym indicating all of the military functions designated by C4 (command, control, communications, computers), I (intelligence) and STAR (surveillance, target acquisition, and recognition) and that enable the coordination of operations.

Defense Economics Chair

Launched in January 2014, the Chair is the result of a joint “State-Industry” initiative that supports academic research in defense economics. It provides insight into the economic impact of political decisions concerning defense. The Chair participates in the animation and/or creation of training sessions, leads workgroups, organizes conferences and produces university articles on defense economics or research work destined for the general public.