Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) is the largest technical university in the Baltic States. More than 10000 students study and more than 1000 academic staff and researchers work in the university. It offers six main fields of study: technological, physical and social sciences, arts, humanities and biomedicine. The University has been established in 1922 and since 1932 has been delivering studies in textile engineering. All three levels of studies in textile and fashion engineering are in the KTU – bachelor, master and doctoral. Since this time more than 3000 textile engineers, bachelors or masters, and more than 100 doctors graduate textile studies in KTU. The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Design is the only one in Lithuania, which has the studies of Textile Engineering. KTU is a member of international Association of Universities for Textiles (AUTEX, office in Ghent, Belgium) and Lithuanian Apparel and Textile Industry Association (LATIA).
The University of Western Attica was created in 2018 as a result of the merge of TEI Athens and Piraeus University of Applied Sciences. The initiative to set up the new university was considered important from academic, economy and social aspects and was welcomed by all the relevant stakeholders. Uni.W.A. consists of five schools and twenty-six departments. The department of Industrial Design and Production Engineering is the only university department in Greece that provides higher education in the Textile and Apparel sector. The department of IDPE is member of International Textile Academia, AUTEX (Association of Universities of Textiles) and IAF (International Apparel Federation).
IDEC is a training consulting company located in Piraeus, Greece. Its activities consist of training, management consulting, quality assurance, evaluation and development of ICT solutions for both private and public sector. IDEC is a company experienced in clothing sector, with affiliates to the major Associations and clusters of textile and clothing companies in Greece. IDEC has developed tailored made training material for different aspects of clothing industry: production planning and control, supply chain management, team working, visual merchandising and has deep understanding of the industry. IDECs has extensive experience in developing e-learning solutions in terms of technical, operational and methodological aspects.
Created in 1986 the University of Beira Interior is located in the city of Covilhã, in the eastern part of the Centro region. The present schools include Sciences, Engineering, Social and Human Sciences, Arts and Letters and Health Sciences. Teaching is delivered to more than 7500 undergraduate and postgraduate students according to the three-cycle Bologna structure and student-centred pedagogy. The department of Textile Technologies offers Bachelor degree in Fashion Design, Master degree in Fashion Design, Textile engineering, Branding and fashion design and PhD in Textile engineering, Fashion Design, Advanced materials and production processes. Its research unit - Fibre Materials and Environmental Technologies (FibEnTech) carries out fundamental and applied research in the areas of Fibre Materials and Environmental Technologies.
Universitat Politècnica de València is a public Higher Education Institution actively involved in international cooperation and mobility projects. UPV hosts over 34,000 students and employs over 4,800 people (teaching, research, administrative, services staff). It is the first technological university in Spain according to international rankings and offers 35 undergraduate programmes, 80 official Master’s degrees and 30 Doctorate programmes. Even though UPV focuses mainly on Engineering studies, it also hosts a Faculty of Fine Arts and a Faculty of Business Administration and Management. GIITEX Research group from Universitat Politècnica de València is a dynamic group which research lines are mainly focused on supplying textile companies some assessment or cooperation in order to improve their competitiveness by means of performing new processes or developing new products. Universitat Politècnica de Valencia ranks #1 regarding the number of MOOC’s produced (openeducationeurope.eu) and has developed several well-known e-learning products. It offers MOOC courses that can be audited free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee.
ENSAIT is a French “Grande Ecole”, high education school specialised in Fibre Science and Technology. ENSAIT is a public organisation and is one of the most important academic teaching institutions at master level in Europe. Every year approximately 120 students graduate on MSc level. The academic textile research has been launched at ENSAIT in Roubaix in 1992 with the creation of the scientific laboratory GEMTEX. Since 2000, GEMTEX laboratory has dedicated its researches to industrial applications while ensuring academic researches (in transports, aeronautics...). The GEMTEX laboratory is currently based on three research groups within a strong textile team (expertise centres): HCD (Human Centered Design), MTP (Multifunctional Textiles and Processes), MTC (Mechanics - Textile Composites). Partnerships with industrials have been strengthened with the creation of EUGENIE in 2008, a technology transfer unit and the creation of a unit to support and develop collaborative projects. The service dedicated to the industrial and commercial activities (SAIC) created in 2009 is a department in charge of the research transfer. The laboratory is actively involved in the activities of the scientific networks at international scale such as AUTEX or the Fiber Society.
Lithuanian Apparel and Textile Industry Association LATIA is a main business organization established by Lithuanian textile and clothing companies in 1991. LATIA builds professional links among apparel and textile community particularly looking for Intelligent sourcing solutions, trade opportunities in West and East, Baltic brands and products. The vital role of the association is to help Lithuanian clothing and textile companies with around 30,000 employees and generating over €1 billion every year, in the fields of education, consultancy and training, export promotion etc.
The Hellenic Clothing Industry Association (HCIA) is a non-profit industrial association established in Athens in 1962. It represents Greek companies from all sub-sectors of the clothing industry (men, women and children’s clothing, underwear, swimwear, shirts and fashion accessories). HCIA’s activities consist in representing the sector’s companies vis-à-vis International, European and National authorities, providing information and consulting relating the commercial, industrial and social policy matters, participating in the negotiation of sectoral and regional collective agreements, disseminating information on technological, industrial, commercial and economic issues, representing the industry in International and European sectoral organisations (IAF and Euratex).