Autodesk is committed to helping prepare an industry-ready workforce. We want to help advance manufacturing education in Europe pledging to undertake the following actions in 2017 and 2018:

  • Remove the barriers to software access for students, educators and educational institutions: Provide access to 400,000 new students and educators to professional 3D Design software in the EU in 2017 and 2018. The impact will be to equip them with state-of-the-art tools needed to enter the market place.
  • Provide pathways for students to pursue interests and expand learning, outside of the classroom: Develop, launch and localise (where applicable) 5 new MOOC Online Courses to 1,000 students in Europe. Such MOOCs will include lessons on Product Design, Sustainable Design, Mechanical Engineering, Computer-Aided Manufacturing, 3D Modeling & 3D Printing.
  • Provide hands-on opportunities for students' “real-world” application of skills: We will offer 40 Designathons across Member States, that challenge groups of ca 20 students who will apply theory & learn to a real-world design brief, thus developing their design thinking, multi-disciplinary collaboration, and presentation skills. We will provide with further opportunities to prove their skills to industry, through 3D design contests. We expect that 500 will submit their designs.
Last update: 30/10/2017
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Pledge Category

Digital skills in education

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2018

Other Pledge details

Public Funding: NO


Autodesk is a world leader in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software and services.

Qualitative Impact

• Students increase their employability by showing potential employers a portfolio of achievements and recognition outside of formal coursework;
• Students get opportunities to learn and apply skills, in a hands-on environment through Designathons;
• By bringing students more directly in contact with companies such as our customers or partners through the proposed extra-curricular activities, students will get an understanding of the changes and advancements that are taking place within industry;
• Students and educators learning how to use the same tools that industry professionals use, instead of outdated software versions driven by the difficulty of school curricula to keep up with industry advancements;
• Micro-credentialing and an online portfolio will spur peer to peer competitiveness;
• Through designathons students learn from each other in a hands-on environment, but most importantly get offered the possibility to collaborate with peers from other disciplines;
• Addressing a lack of relevancy in current formal curricula, MOOCs will offer educators and students an industry-relevant curriculum, and ways to pursue their interests outside of classroom;
• Driving awareness of exciting developments in global manufacturing like 3-D prototyping and printing, connected manufacturing, advanced material development along with the multitude of new career opportunities these advancements bring.

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
Other (Students access to 3D design software) new students and educators accessing professional 3D Design software 400,000 800,000
Other (Competitions organised) Designathons across EU28 40 20
People reached through awareness raising activities/primary/secondary education students Participants in the Designathons 800 500,000
Online courses/trainings developed/provided 5 new MOOC courses with +1,000 students enrolled from the EU 5 8
People trained online Students enrolled to the MOOCs 1,000 3000

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress

Udemy MOOC Platform updated with all new courses from Autodesk Education, including local language versions:

Autodesk Design Academy updated with all new MOOC courses:

3D Design Contests:
Autodesk Design for Audio Technology: 22nd Feb - 21st April 2017
Autodesk Design for Medical Innovation: 18th May - 6th September 2017
Autodesk Design for Robotics: 22 August - 26th October 2017

Up to date software releases available for eligible students, educators and educational institutions:


Milestone name Completion date Status
Make available 2018 versions of our software to students, teachers, educational institutions to download 01/04/2017 Completed
Make available localized 2018 versions of our software to students, teachers, educational institutions 30/09/2017 Completed
MOOC Online Courses in IT, ES, FR, DE 01/03/2017 Completed
New MOOCs available in EN 31/12/2017 Completed
Promotion to encourage students to build their online portfolio and showcase their learning and skills 21/06/2017 Completed
Designathons 31/01/2017 On Track
3D Design Contests 01/05/2017 On Track