ECIU University: challenge-based learning and innovation
ECIU University is European university where learners and researchers cooperate with cities and businesses to solve real-life challenges. 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.
The innovative university model was launched in November 2019 by the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU).
ECIU University is united of 12 members – strong European universities that provide students with the most advanced learning opportunities.
ECIU University values to student:
Co-creation and connections:
Challenge follow up:
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)
Partner of ECIU: Tec de Monterrey, Mexico.
Industrial stakeholders include:
Airbus, Cisco, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A., Ericsson AB, Hella Lithuania, Intel, Ignitis Group, Lyse Group, NXP, Ponsse, Sandoz Industrial Products S.p.A. Gruppo Novartis, Sick AG, and Suez Environment and others.
Challenge-based learning approach
The ECIU University’s challenge-based learning approach follows a specific structure consisting of three main steps: engage, investigate and act.
Engagement: The basis for motivation is to be working on a ‘Big Idea’. This might be anything within a social, economic, or environmental theme such as health or public transportation. All the participants, teachers, students and external partners make sure that they agree on the final challenge to work on.
Investigation: All the team need to ensure that they all understand the challenge and can contribute towards solving it with their knowledge and skills.
Action: partners can use their shared knowledge to design and prototype new solutions. The implementation of the prototype and the evaluation are steps in the action part.
ECIU University students were involved into solving real challenges the Kaunas city faces. The Kaunas city challenges were introduced to the students of Computer Intelligence and Decision Making, a challenge-based module created by KTU. Students had to solve efficient resource management, air pollution, optimal routing of waste collection, parking, and road pothole challenges. The first group of students has already completed the module, offering five technology-based solutions.
1. Find the solution to your challenge.
Enable ECIU University students and teachers to work on your provided challenge. The interdisciplinary and international teams might provide you with an entirely novel solution.
2. Contribute to the skills growth.
Solving your provided challenge helps the ECIU University learners gain much in demand problem-solving, teamwork and creative skills.
3. Connect to the brightest minds.
Working together with the brightest and most active minds across Europe gives you the opportunity for cooperation and links with prospective employees and business partners.
4. Be the part of the future of education.
Participation provides you with an opportunity to find solutions to the most pressing current issues within social, economic, and environmental challenges. In addition, joining the ECIU University, gives you an opportunity to co-create one of the first European Universities to be developing the new way for education on the European scale.