The Czech Footwear and Leather Association (CFLA or COKA in Czech) comprises approximately 55 companies and institutions concerned with manufacture, sale as well as research and testing of footwear, shoe materials and components in the territory of the Czech Republic. At present, the Czech Footwear and Leather Association is also an information centre for businessmen in the leather industry within the project of the Czech Republic‘s Economic Chamber. The Czech Footwear and Leather Association is a member of the European Confederation of the Shoe Retailers‘ Associations (CEDDEC). It is also a member of the International Union of Shoe Industry Technicians (UITIC).
TUIASI has been classified as university of advanced research and education and it is accredited by the National Agency for Scientific Research as being a component institution of the national research. The University has around 13000 students within 62 engineering specializations (BSc), 84 Master of Science programmes, 13 doctoral domains organized at the level of 11 faculties and 10 doctoral schools with 478 Ph.D. students, 177 Ph.D. supervisors. TUIASI has an important research dimension, with 23 accredited research/excellence centres and laboratories focused on creating and transferring knowledge, especially in multi-disciplinary high-tech engineering areas.
Virtual Campus is a development, training and consulting SME in the areas of Technology Enhanced Learning, Serious Games and Information Systems. Its vision is to actively promote the development of the Knowledge Society by supporting public and private entities in the process of designing and developing strategies and projects that lead to increased societal benefits.
Zavod IRCUO, as Development and testing center for leather and footwear industry, was founded in 1999 as a response of Slovenian leather and footwear industry to increasing quality and innovation demands of the market. Additionally, companies needed a technological center, where they could test input materials and final products, before market introduction.
SIEC BADAWCZA LUKASIEWICZ - INSTYTUT PRZEMYSLU SKORZANEGO
The Lukasiewicz Research Network – Lodz Institute of Technology is an organisation working with Polish footwear SME industry and providing them full service based on: innovative technology, implementation new production techniques, laboratory skills together with testing materials and ready-made footwear according ISO and EN standards in Accredited Laboratory. The Institute works at the institutional units and other research institutes. Lukasiewicz Research Network – Lodz Institute of Technology (SBL-LIT) has been participating in numerous national and international research projects with various research and industrial partners.
CTCP is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1986, with more than 500 private companies as members, employs 48 full time technicians, engineers, senior specialists and trainers and works with about 15 external consultants/trainers in a regular basis. Located in S. João da Madeira and Felgueiras, near Porto, has facilities in the heart of footwear industry. CTCP aims at supporting all companies and entities of Footwear cluster which is represented by almost 2000 SMEs, and small entrepreneurs in the field of design and project engineering. CTCP is also very active at entrepreneurial field, contributing to the development of the local communities.
CIAPE - CENTRO ITALIANO PER L'APPRENDIMENTO PERMANENTE
CIAPE is the Italian National Centre for Permanent Learning, a non-profit private organisation. The Italian Centre for Permanent Learning – is an innovative organization, born with the aim to lead to success a constantly changing community. We believe that only lifelong learning guarantees the individual competitiveness in a global labour market. CIAPE carries out training activities to develop and validate soft skills, as well as competences required in the future labour market.
CRE.THI.DEV. is a non-profit company aimed at community development through the research and development of action plans, focused on the local and social economies, mainly on the fields of life-long learning, environmental protection, employment and local development, throughout Greece. The company establishes close cooperation with local and regional authorities, government authorities and business associations in order to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable development through research and the raising of awareness in local communities towards available development projects.
INESCOP is a non-profit organisation created in 1971. It is a service organisation developing scientific and technical activities addressing the needs of the footwear industries and related industries that cannot normally be solved individually by the companies due to their small size. Their staff of over 130 professionals includes experts in chemistry, physics, biomechanics, computer science, electronics, ICT, design, CAD/CAM, manufacturing tools and processes, art and design, and robotics. INESCOP coordinates the CEN TC 309 “Footwear” standardization committee.
TASEV AYAKKABI VE SARACIYE MESLEKI VE TEKNIK ANADOLU LISESI
TASEV Shoe and Leather Goods Vocational and Technical Anatolian High School is the biggest and the most comprehensive school in the field of footwear and good leather at the level of high school in Turkey. There are two branches at school. Shoe Modelist and Shoe Product. The school has the capacity of 500 students. It has a 100 student of hostel in the campus. It is giving education at the national level with these features. Again within the boundaries of the campus, there is a 2 year of higher school programme with the name of Footwear Design and Production of Istanbul University and also Tasev Foundation Research and Development Centre (R&D) and Footwear Testing Laboratory. The school is in a close relationship with the footwear industry and footwear – related industry due to this feature.
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