European Smart Cities for Sustainable Development

Jean Monnet Project no. 620415-EPP-1-2020-1-RO-EPPJMO-MODULE, European Smart Cities for Sustainable Development (SmartEU) (2020-2023) is focused on the triple objective of the Europe 2020 strategy which emphasizes the importance of smart, sustainable, and inclusive cohesive growth and aims to enhance awareness on the EU smart cities development.


The project aims to address the objectives and priorities of the Action, through the following specific objectives:

  • Deliver 3 new and interdisciplinary courses that will help students and young researchers to align their research to EU standards and priorities, offer the necessary knowledge to work and live in a smart city, and train them for a competitive and dynamic labor market
  • Promoting excellence in teaching and research on EU smart cities, living and working in urban communities, and European Best Practice exchange
  • Developing new borders of knowledge for students and young researchers in interdisciplinary fields and supporting adaptation to a hyper-connected and complex environment
  • Encourage the exchange of ideas between students, teachers, policy-makers, business representatives, and the general public as a whole and strengthen the role of EU smart cities in a globalised world.


The project will deliver three new and interdisciplinary courses; elaborate a portfolio of teaching materials; organise 3 workshops and an international conference; publish one conference volume and conduct innovative research activities.

Beneficiaries: students and young researchers from different disciplines, enrolled at UAIC or others from the region, who are interested in understanding and enhancing awareness of the EU smart cities development.


Latest news on the project activities 

New! International Conference: SMARTEU2023

We are glad to invite you to submit your papers and to participate in the International Conference "Sustainable Development of European Smart Cities", on 9th – 10th of JUNE 2023, IASI, ROMANIA.

The International Conference "Sustainable Development of European Smart Cities" 2023 is an initiative dedicated to open, inclusive, formal, and informal dialogue on topics related to the Smart Cities concept from different perspectives with members of academia, young researchers, professionals, and city representatives, among others. The conference is intended to be one major outcome of the Jean Monnet Project no. 620415-EPP-1-2020-1-RO-EPPJMO-MODULE, European Smart Cities for Sustainable Development (SmartEU), within the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.


Smart EU volume_Conference Proceedings_2023.pdf

Book of abstracts - SMARTEU 2023 SMART EU_volum abstracte_2023.pdf

Publication opportunities- SPECIAL ISSUE

Summer School Enrolment 2023 has now closed.

Registration to JM Summer School courses-Academic year 2022-2023

  • Students' registration to the SmartEU, academic year 2022-2023, is NOW closed. Participation is open to students and young researchers from different disciplines, enrolled at UAIC or other universities from the region. See the description of the courses. 
  • The schedule will be sent to the enrolled students. The meetings will be in a hybrid format. 

Documents for registration: 

  1. Identity card - copy; 2
  2. CV - europass format (.doc; .docx; .pdf);
  3. Student certificate (only for people from outside UAIC); 
  4. Completion of the registration form

Registration can be:

  • On-site (B526, FEAA, UAIC) 
  • Online Registration !! Please have the above-mentioned documents ready and fill out the registration form (CLICK ON REGISTER NOW BUTTON) 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs section) and Questions & answers (Q&A section)
Q1. What is the selection process for the Summer School enrolment? 
1. Selection process for the Summer School students: "first come, first served"

Q2. Do we have a detailed description of the courses?
2. The course structure is available on the project website: section COURSES. See the description of the courses. 

Q3. How many students can participate in the Summer School?
3. The total number of participants is 45.

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​European Smart Cities for Sustainable Development
​The global urban population is expected to grow by 63% between 2014 and 2050 against the 32% total population growth in the same period, the fastest increase occurring among megacities hosting over 20 million inhabitants and located mostly in developing countries. The trend creates unprecedented sustainability challenges. In 2015, 828 million people lived in slums, lacking basic services such as drinking water and sanitation; the figure increases by 6 million people every year. Cities also witness instances of social instability due to rising inequalities and unemployment, air and water pollution, traffic congestion, and urban violence and crime.

However, cities also create tremendous opportunities for economic development – 80% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product is created in cities; for career development – urban citizens earn on average three times the income of their rural counterparts; and for sustainability – people living in larger cities tend to have smaller energy footprints, require less infrastructure, consume less resources, and have higher productivity levels. For example, a city of 8 million has 15% more productivity and 15% less infrastructure needs than do two cities of four million each.

There are several urbanization models that incorporate digital technologies to address some of the urbanization and sustainability challenges: Digital Cities feature the integration of digital technology into the city’s core infrastructure systems; Intelligent Cities rely on the digital city infrastructure to build intelligent buildings, transportation systems, schools, enterprises, public spaces, public services, etc. and to integrate them into intelligent urban systems; and Smart Cities – deploy intelligent urban systems at the service of socio-economic development and improving urban quality of life.

Smart City initiatives can help overcome the limitations of traditional urban development that tends to manage urban infrastructure systems in silos. By leveraging the pervasive character of data and services offered by digital technologies, such as Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things, or Open Data, they help connect different city stakeholders, improve citizen involvement, offer new and enhance existing services, and provide context-aware views on city operations. Smart City development is, however, highly complex, challenging and context-specific. The challenges include different discourses used by technologists and policymakers, lack of capacity to connect urban sustainability challenges to actionable approaches, and pressures on social and territorial cohesion requiring unique governance solutions.

​Proiectul vizează triplul obiectiv al strategiei Europa 2020, care evidențiază importanța unei creșteri inteligente, durabile, incluzive și coezive și se urmărește creșterea gradului de conștientizare referitoare la dezvoltarea orașelor inteligente în UE.


Scopul proiectului este abordarea obiectivelor și priorităților Acțiunii, prin următoarelor obiective specifice:

  • Furnizarea a trei cursuri noi, interdisciplinare care vor ajuta studenții și tinerii cercetători să își alinieze cercetarea la standardele și prioritățile UE, să ofere cunoștințele necesare pentru a lucra și pentru a trăi într-un oraș inteligent și pentru a-i instrui pentru o piață a muncii competitivă și dinamică.
  • Promovarea excelenței în predare și în cercetare specifică orașelor inteligente din UE, vieții și muncii în comunitățile urbane, precum și schimbul de bune practici europene.
  • Dezvoltarea de noi frontiere ale cunoașterii pentru studenți și tineri cercetători din domenii interdisciplinare și sprijinirea adaptării la un mediu complex și hiper-conectat.
  • Încurajarea schimbului de idei între studenți, profesori, factori de decizie politică, reprezentanți ai întreprinderilor și publicul larg și consolidarea rolului orașelor inteligente ale UE într-o lume globalizată.



În cadrul proiectului se vor desfășura următoarele activități: organizarea a trei cursuri noi, interdisciplinare; elaborarea unui portofoliu de materiale didactice; organizarea a trei ateliere și a unei conferințe internaționale; publicarea unui volum al conferinței și desfășurarea de activități de cercetare inovatoare, rezultând articole prezentate la conferințe internaționale (aproximativ 1-2 / an) și publicarea articolelor (cel puțin unul). Informațiile despre proiect vor fi diseminate prin buletine de știri publicate anual și prin intermediul site-ului SmartEU.



Modulul se adresează studenților și tinerilor cercetători de la diferite specializări, înscriși la UAIC sau la alte universități din regiune și care sunt interesați să înțeleagă și să-și îmbunătățească cunoștințele despre orașele inteligente și despre potențialul dezvoltării lor în UE.

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