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City hosts successful EGPR/NARIP engineering design project funded by Erasmus +

Led by Howden Chair in Engineering Design and Compressor Technology, Professor Ahmed Kovacevic, a team of City's engineering academics and students hosted the 10-day Final Workshop.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

A team of engineering academics and students led by Howden Chair in Engineering Design and Compressor Technology, professor Ahmed Kovacevic, hosted the Final Workshop of the European Global Product Realisation (EGPR) programme from June 9th to 19th 2017.

The European Global Product Realisation (EGPR) programme is a European academic collaborative programme for final year students in engineering and design disciplines. This virtual academic enterprise comprises City, University of London, University of Ljubljana, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, University of Zagreb and an industrial partner, which, for 2017, was Bristol-based BetterLife Innovations Ltd.

The team behind BetterLife Innovations has been involved in the mobility market for several years and has for many years been on the search for a truly lightweight scooter. BetterLife Innovations Ltd was specifically established to achieve this goal. Consequently, they set a challenging project to develop lightweight foldable mobility scooters for variety of users.


After an intensive four months of educational and design activities, 48 students and 15 staff members from four universities and 4 company representatives participated in a ten-day Final Workshop to assemble and test prototypes of the designed scooters.

The project was fully funded by ‘Networked Activities for Realisation of Innovative Products’ (NARIP) under the ERASMUS+ KA2 Strategic Partnership Grant Agreement. NARIP funding included two more prior projects held in Zagreb and Ljubljana. 

This was coordinated by the University of Ljubljana, with City receiving a major share of the available funds and being responsible for the final stages of the project. The final exhibition on the 19th June was attended by many visitors from the UK and abroad and was broadcast in partner countries over videoconferencing and web streaming which could be seen on this weblink.

Professor Kovacevic said:

“Through 14 years of partnership with European universities and 18 successful EGPR projects, we have created and tested a teaching methodology called CODEVE (Collaborative Design in Virtual Environment) which is now a proven model for preparing our students for their career as engineers for the 21st Century. Students learn to innovate, collaborate and lead across boundaries and are able to respond to the challenges of our industrial partners. We are extremely thankful to BetterLife Innovations Ltd for an opportunity to work on this project.”

John Powell, the Director of BetterLife Innovations Ltd, said:

“We have been immensely impressed with the focus and commitment which all of the  staff students have brought to this project as well as with the skill base the students have so clearly demonstrated.”

Virtual environment

A virtual environment is a computer-generated, three-dimensional representation of a setting in which the user of the technology perceives themselves to be and within which interaction takes place; also called virtual landscape, virtual space, virtual world.

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