ECIU University: challenge-based learning and innovation
ECIU University is the first European university where learners and researchers cooperate with cities and businesses to solve real-life challenges. The innovative university model was launched in November 2019 by the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU).
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Students looking for a life-changing international experience and eager to make a real impact in his/her community are welcomed to engage in solving challenges, join micro-modules and enjoy mobility ooportunities during the 2020-2021 spring semester. The challenges are provided by the business companies and governmental institutions that are valuable partners and stakeholders of the ECIU University. The micro-modules are delivered by ECIU partner universities.
The ECIU University is an ambitious undertaking that grounds new concept of education driven by distinctive values:
Societal impact by solving challenges
At the ECIU University learners – students, researchers and employees from partner universities, partner companies and public organisations – join forces across disciplines to solve problems. Knowledge is offered through relevant academic courses, as and when needed, as well as through cutting-edge research.
In this pilot phase the ECIU University focuses on challenges related to the UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 to “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.
Flexible, diverse and tailored education
ECIU University is based on learning modules of high academic standard that are offered by partners from industry and society. New, open and easily accessible micro-credentials are created in collaboration with private companies and public organizations.
ECIU University sets up Innovation of Education Labs – physical and virtual spaces where teachers can innovate and deliver classes, meet peers and share best practices. Innovation in education is fostered in-creation with students, industry and public organisations.
Challenge-based research and innovation
The ECIU University Innovation Hubs will be used as physical and virtual locations for innovation. The necessary impact is generated organising people from different disciplines and professions, with different knowledge, skills and experience. With regard to research and knowledge transfer, a series of living labs are created where university researchers will work directly with businesses and institutions in the definition and monitoring of projects.
The ECIU University will create a new university that is driven by demands of society, citizens and industry which enables us to work together across the borders of Europe and come up with solutions for the sustainable development goals.
Members of the ECIU University:
• University of Twente (Netherlands)
• Linköping University (Sweden)
• Hamburg University of Technology (Germany)
• Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
• Aalborg University (Denmark)
• University of Aveiro (Portugal)
• Dublin City University (Ireland)
• Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania)
• University of Stavanger (Norway)
• University of Trento (Italy)
• Tampere University (Finland)
• Institut National Des Sciences Appliquées (France)
Associated partner: Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, France.
Partner of the ECIU Foundation: Tec de Monterrey, Mexico.
Industrial stakeholders include: Airbus, Cisco, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A., Ericsson AB, Hella Lithuania, Intel, Lietuvos Energija, Lyse Group, NXP, Ponsse, Sandoz Industrial Products S.p.A. Gruppo Novartis, Sick AG, and Suez Environment and others.
ECIU is the leading international consortium of research intensive universities, with collective emphasis on innovation, creativity and societal impact, driving the development of a knowledge-based economy.
The Kaunas university of technology is a proud member of the ECIU consortium, the leading international consortium of research intensive universities, with collective emphasis on innovation, creativity and societal impact, driving the development of a knowledge-based economy. KTU joined ECIU in 2016 and is the only Lithuanian university in the Consortium.
With the members we share commitment to the development of high quality educational practices which promote innovation and the pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning. All partners value a strong nexus between research and teaching in order to fulfill such a vision and strive to provide a modern, engaging and research-intensive learning environment, which builds on the diversity and collective strength of our respective institutional cultures, our approaches to teaching, and our students.Like Kaunas university of technology, the ECIU has a specific interest in seeking out creative, learning-centred and future-focused teaching approaches that foster social entrepreneurship and smart use of technology.
In the Steering Committee ‘Entrepreneurship and Societal Impact of Research’ the members focus on sharing best practices for entrepreneurship and interaction with the surroundings and establishing collaboration platforms for innovation and entrepreneurial activities.
Founded in 1997, the ECIU is a Consortium of universities set up to share information and knowledge about good practices and the challenges that each member faces with regard to university governance and cooperation with society. In seeks especially to share values and harmonize positions so that it can present itself to European instances and other universities and university networks as an entity capable of accompanying and influencing the European agenda in the field of higher education cooperation policy and regional research and development. The activities in Brussels are coordinated by the ECIU Brussels’ Office and the Steering Committee EU Policy and Research.
Important flagship programmmes within ECIU are:
The new ECIU university magazine issue (March 2020)
In February 2018, ECIU has adopted a Research Mobility Fund aiming at increasing mobility amongst its researchers. The ECIU is committed to ensure that its researchers are connected across member universities, by offering opportunities for collaborative research. Researchers can apply at their home institution for a travel grant of up to 5.000 Euros. Please get in touch with the local contact person for the ECIU Research Mobility Fund: Telma Esteves from the EU Office.
ECIU offers a variety of different exchange programmes to students within the ECIU network. Not only regular exchange but also preconfigured Twin Programmes, Exchange Packages, Joint Master Programmes, Summer and Winter Schools.
Both academic and administrative staff members at the ECIU institutions are key elements in the activities of the ECIU. Improved Student and Staff mobility is one of the main priorities of ECIU. Consequently the ECIU Board is looking into ways of supporting staff wishing to go on exchanges at other ECIU institutions. The ECIU has adopted a Staff Exchange and running since 13 years the ECIU Leadership Development Programme with more than 250 Alumni (coordinated by PBL and lectureres from CHEPS).
The Staff Mobility Programme aims at increasing the mobility among administrative members of staff. The programme provides opportunities for support staff to spend time at other ECIU institutions through a programme tailor-made to individual staff member’s development needs.