Training - HEC Liege course

A smarter mobility for our Walloon municipalities

A new academic year means a new seminar on "sustainability and smart territories". Through this course, our team mobilises, each year, nearly 70 students from Master 2 at HEC Liège, to respond to concrete challenges encountered by our cities and municipalities.



New edition - new targeted projects

In collaboration with the Walloon municipalities of Chaudfontaine, Trooz, Hannut and Liège, this year we are offering students the opportunity to focus on a key issue in smart territories: mobility. Until the end of October, thanks to work sessions, coaching and meetings with various territorial experts, these students will have the opportunity to reflect and propose innovative solutions, based on 3 projects submitted by the municipalities themselves. Ultimately, they will be presented to a jury of experts.

The projects

In order to make the students aware of concrete problems, the projects proposed to them are based on real issues that are currently being discussed in the participating municipalities:

> Hannut - "Ride & Buy" project

This project aims to make the city centre of Hannut more attractive in terms of soft mobility, to support local trade and to reduce CO2 emissions, while rewarding climate-friendly behaviour and users. This project suggests the implementation of a global application but also new infrastructures.

> Chaudfontaine & Trooz - "Fais tes balises" project

The municipalities of Trooz and Chaudfontaine are joining forces through a single project whose objective is to set up a complete soft mobility network for and by citizens, via the implementation of a mobile application. Thanks to GPS technology or the digitisation of public data, "Fais tes balises" offers its users the opportunity to create/test a soft mobility itinerary, but also augmented reality experiences, thus creating a unique experience and enhancing existing points of interest.

> Liege - "Urban logistics" project

In Liege, as in any large city, the growth of e-commerce and the multiplication of deliveries are generating a whole series of problems: road congestion, parking problems, deterioration in air quality, loss of competitiveness for retailers, etc. This project therefore aims to reflect on the actions to be taken to limit the nuisances generated by urban logistics and turn them into an opportunity (limiting flows, sustainable solutions for the last kilometre, concentration of deliveries, limited access zones, etc.).

Raising awareness about the realities on the ground

While the initial objective of this course is to train tomorrow's managers in sustainable strategy and to make them aware of the smart city challenges, it also enables them to become aware of the realities on the ground in terms of strategic management in the public sector, and more specifically within municipalities. Finally, this programme is also an opportunity for them to discover the Smart Region dynamics underway in their territory, Wallonia.

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