The first three semesters (90 ECTS) consist of courses and team projects which are structured in three blocks, with sustainability being the guiding thread: A. Technology; B. Economics & Management; C. Transferable Skills & Group Projects. In addition, a group of three courses called D. Integration Weeks aims at improving students’ effectiveness in three directions: personal, group and organizational effectiveness. The fourth semester consists in a Master Project based on an Internship in Industry (30 ECTS).
The teaching approaches are diverse. Building on theory and real-life applications, the SMT master program is committed to enhance personal and social skills by encouraging interdisciplinary team work on practical projects. The formal course work and team projects will be completed and enriched by lectures and workshops with experts from industry.
Here is a list of examples of projects in which students could be involved during the Master program:
A- Towards a shared economy model. One clear implication of the emerging digital world is that opportunities for people to collaborate on the development of many daily services expand. This could lead to less individualistic behaviours and will foster more sustainable business models to emerge. Students could work on shared economy projects, and explore how far this model could be pushed in many markets and industries.
B- Digitalization and sustainable logistics. How companies could run their logistics operations in a more sustainable manner? Projects could focus for example on rethinking and optimizing traditional last-mile delivery concepts in urban areas to minimize the generated environmental footprint. This would be done by efficiently operating different types of greener vehicles, like cargo-bikes, sidewalk autonomous delivery robots or electric vans.
C- Towards new Human Resources management systems. How can students contribute to developing digital systems to better manage human resources in organizations? As digital work expands and people work more remotely, new platform systems could help keep social link, make sure that people keep learning, that motivation remains high or that opportunities for career development are well fleshed out.
D- Robotics and the future of manufacturing. Robotics and manufacturing have a profound impact on our daily lives towards a more sustainable society. Students will evaluate the technology, the choice of components and the associated business models while envisioning solutions and assessing their sustainability, disruption and market acceptability. Imagine for example a collaborative robot that assists operators to succeed in a watch’ assembly task, a robotic device to enable post-stroke rehabilitation at home, or a drone-based framework as a corporate postal solution.
E- Pushing further the frontiers of creativity using artificial intelligence. Current systems exist to assist the creation of music or movies. In a similar spirit, students could work in teams to develop algorithms to help design new strategies and provide new business models in certain industries. This will include, of course, more sustainable models, which could then diffuse across industries more fluidly.
F- New tools in personalized health. New technologies have a great potential in addressing the advancement of personalized health and medicine. Using a multidisciplinary approach, students will be coached in studying specific issues related to these technologies, evaluating their basis and proposing solutions. For instance, students could propose a platform to improve drug prescriptions by using the genome sequencing data; they could study the ethical and social issues related to the data protection of genome sequencing; or they could analyze the economic and regulatory implications of personalized health solutions on the healthcare system and insurance standards.