European Project: IRMA
The Inter-countries Research for Manufacturing Advancement (IRMA) is a European
Union (EU) sponsored research project. Key data from the 27 EU member countries
was assimilated and synthesised as part of the project. The following sections provide
more details on:
Final Summary Report: Analysis of the UK Manufacturing Engineering Sector
Goal & Objectives
IRMA aimed to produce evidence based research for assisting and guiding the European
Commission's Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in promoting
excellence, efficiency and access to higher education institutes (HEIs) within the
manufacturing engineering sector.
IRMA has been funded by the new Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) of the EACEA.
With a budget of €7,000 million for the period 2007-2013, LLP is supporting
the creation of improved and better lifelong learning opportunities for the European
Approach & Results
IRMA took a three-dimensional approach by actively involving the key stakeholder
groups, namely, Enterprises, Universities and Intermediaries* from across the 27
EU member countries.
Through a rigorous research and analysis methodology, IRMA provided deeper understanding
of the key factors such as current and future role, competency and knowldege requirements,
supply and demand factors, as well as key pointers towards future advancement and
competitiveness of European manufacturing industry through HEIs.
*Intermediaries could be enterprise and technology incubators, academic spin-offs,
institutional agencies such as business support organisations, etc.
Participation in the IRMA surveys provided opportunity for the stakeholder groups
to positively and directly influence the future direction, policy and HEIs research
agenda of the European Union.