How to set up a Smart City strategy or project? The Smart City Institute offers you a complete basic continuing education course, combining both theory and practice, which will enable you to acquire the knowledge, skills and managerial tools to move your ideas forward and make them a reality!

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Designed for territorial actors, whether from the private or public sectors, or urban or rural areas, this continuing education course focused on Smart City Management has already enabled more than 95 professionals to take action since 2017.

2020 edition : From 08 October to 27 November 2020 (8 days)

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Contents - About the training


Objectives and benefits

For you

  • To understand the many challenges of smart territories and the role of technology in this context.
  • To be inspired by new solutions and innovative practices, linked to the 6 dimensions of the smart city.
  • To discover innovation and creativity processes.
  • To equip oneself with strategic and managerial tools for the implementation of Smart Cities projects.

For your organisation

  • Facilitate the definition of your organisation's strategic issues and their implementation.
  • Encourage the mobilisation of the concerned actors.
  • Promote the emergence of Smart City ambassadors who will be able to disseminate the good practices learned.
  • Develop and integrate a network of people and experts from the Smart City ecosystem in Belgium.


A balanced mix of theory and practice

In addition to theoretical presentations to introduce the different concepts, this continuing education course, which is very practical, also offers presentations of best practices, workshops, practical exercises and case studies.

5 days composed of 10 modules (09:00 - 17:00), with

  • a high quality theoretical and practical contribution thanks to the intervention of an academic speaker and a practitioner speaker
  • case studies and concrete illustrations
  • topics and themes adapted to the needs and problems detected among our target audiences
  • one mandatory reading per module, to be read beforehand in order to prepare the face-to-face session and thus allow a better understanding of the subject.
  • a list of complementary scientific articles, accessible to participants who wish to continue to deepen their knowledge in this field

Practical projects

The participants will work in multidisciplinary groups throughout the training to address concrete issues encountered in Smart Cities approaches. These projects will be proposed and chosen by the participants during the first day.

3 sessions of ideation & creativity

In order to help the participants to move forward in their practical projects, think "out of the box" and provide them with the tools necessary to concretise and finalise them. Format: 3 workshops of 3 hours (9am-12pm) spread over 3 days.

Time for exchange and networking

(to be confirmed depending on the government's statements on the health situation)

Creation of a community

For content sharing and experiences exchange between participants and the Smart City Institute.


The 2020 edition, which will be totally organised online, will be divided into 8 sessions between 08 October and 27 November 2020 (the first 5: from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, the last 3: 3 ideation sessions from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm).
Moreover, in addition to the two modules proposed, the first 5 sessions will be punctuated by work sessions on transversal projects (one hour per day).



Module 1 : Introduction and Concepts of the Smart City

Module 2 : Technologies and digital transformation



Module 3 : Mise en place d’une démarche Smart City pour son territoire

Module 4 : Aménagement et territoires durables



Module 3 : Setting up a Smart City approach for a territory

Module 4 : Sustainable development and territories



Module 5 : Smart Mobility

Module 6 : Monitoring and évaluation of Smart Cities



Module 7 : Smart Governance and legal aspects related to digital technology

Module 8 : Change Management



Module 9 : Smart Economy

Module 10 : Best Practices, critical vision of the Smart City and Conclusion


On 25, 26 and 27.11.2020

3 sessions of 3 hours of ideation and innovation process with our partners ID Campus.


Target audience

Private sector

Executives, department managers, financiers, entrepreneurs, engineers, etc.
Any qualified person working in the sectors of environment, mobility, energy, technology, food processing, Smart Cities developments, etc.

Public sector

Managers in charge of the urban and economic development of cities, the design of new cities and innovation, political leaders and decision-makers, mayors, ministers, general directors, department directors, etc.

Academic sector (all disciplines)

Architects, geographers, computer scientists, urban planners, environmentalists, sociologists, tax specialists, economists, etc.

Practical information

Title issued

Certificate of participation


This training is given online.


1680€ excluding VAT for the 8 training sessions. Please note for the private sector: Company cheques are eligible for our continuing education.


The entire course is given in French.

How to suscribe

Interested? Registration can be done online, on the HEC Liège Executive School website.

Registration for the 2020 edition closes on 17 September 2020.


Contacts and informations

Programme information and content

Cécile Caputo, Project Manager, Smart City Institute HEC Liège

Practical information and registration

Sixtine de Harlez, Program Manager, HEC Executive School

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