9 Examples of Higher Education’s Pipeline for Smart Cities

In KM&EL’s special issue, Klett and Wang explain that the focus reveals non-traditional approaches, advanced methodical and technological solutions, forward-looking curriculum design and city-based research projects in today’s universities toward smart city development. Many institutions include new opportunities for individual learning and instruction, technology-enhanced learning, fast changing curriculum design, next-generation assessment, tailored knowledge and skills development, and “profound competence management in an interconnected networked environment constituted around various stakeholders.”

“Moreover, this special issue goes beyond only applying the latest technological advances—it presents solutions toward a smart city of the future, where the identified regional needs serve as a best practice example for higher education processes to encourage particular implementation on a global basis,” explain the authors.

Paper 1 title: “Competencies and knowledge: Key factors in the smart city of the future.”

Region: Italy

Focus: Facilitating career path developments, tailoring training programs, and designing competency management in smart city institutions and organizations. Developing citizens’ competencies through informal learning by applying effective semantic-based tools for information discovery and knowledge sharing.

Paper 2 title: “Automatic selection of informative sentences: The sentences that can generate multiple choice questions.”

Region: India

Focus: Illustrates the important role of multiple choice questions in educational assessment and active learning toward enhancing the conceptual understanding of students; and introduces a parse-tree matching-based algorithm for potential multiple choice question sentence selection generation to leverage the active learning and assessment process. Could aid in the development of next-gen ed-tech and effectively address the increased demand for knowledgeable graduates and a skilled workforce for the city of the future.

Paper 3 title: “Co-creating value: Student contributions to smart cities.”

Region: U.S.

Focus: A learning model in which university students act as co-creators of community infrastructure asset information through an integrated network of community stakeholders. These students help solve issues of disasters like hurricanes and storms using geospatial information systems and a learning design model where students are co-creators of value to cities.

Paper 4 title: “Measuring influence of internationalized universities on smart city development in terms of human capital and urban aspects.”

Region: Russia

Focus: Improving urban performance for industrial cities that are facing economic instability by exploring the hypothesis that a network of internationalized universities serves as a revitalization measure for a city, facilitates the urban development in its surrounding areas, and reduces political and social risks.

(Next page: Papers 5-9)

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