With a letter of support, all ECIU regions recently professed their support for the establishment of a European university, including the region of Twente. However, Maarten van Steen, chairman of the ECIU Smart Regions working group, believes that this ambition can be taken a few steps further still.
The ECIU University is not shy in taking a novel approach to its board. Not only board members of all the member universities call the shots, seven so-called societal stakeholders also take up a pivotal role on the board. According to ECIU President, Victor van der Chijs, the new university wants ‘to be fully open to society’s questions and expectations.’
How does challenge-based learning works in practice? The InGenious event, last Friday at DesignLab, gives the answer. Three UT students presented their ideas how to redesign a bus from HAVI Travel BV that was rented out to by FC Twente for their away football games.
In Barcelona was gisteravond de officiële aftrap van de ECIU University. Verschillende partijen uit bedrijfsleven en overheid werken drie jaar lang samen met het Europees Consortium van Innovatieve Universiteiten aan een nieuwe universiteit. De UT is penvoerder.
The ECIU University will be launched in 2020. The project, coordinated by the UT, just received the full funding of €5 million from the European Union. Thanks to that, learners from all over Europe can soon sign up for this new European university, which aims to offer brand-new type of education open to everyone and focused on solving challenges, not on getting a degree.
The world is changing and universities should be changing with it. That is the basic idea behind the ECIU's ambitious project, the 'ECIU University'. It’s a joint university involving all ECIU members and offering a completely new type of education. Today, the ECIU Executive Board is at the University of Trento for further discussion about the ECIU University.