Why participate in ECIU University challenges

Recognition: receive a certificate of participation in the challenge; teams that provide best challenge solution are able to receive a letter of recommendation from the challenge provider; gain a certain amount of ECTS credits that will record your new skills gained during solving a challenge and completing a chosen micro-module (how credits are recognised differs in each institution).

Challenge follow up: possibility to present the solution on a local / European scale; possibility to further collaborate with challenge provider; possibility to commercialise the challenge solution.

Real impact: the ECIU University challenges are the ones that communities and organisations face at this very moment. Working with them will give you “first hand” experience and the possibility to contribute to real change; the ECIU University challenges evolve around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal no. 11 “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.

New skills: develop problem-solving and teamwork skills by solving a challenge; gain new knowledge by completing a chosen micro-module.

International possibilities: work in multidisciplinary and international teams; enjoy mobility and discover other cultures; the ECIU University connects 12 universities from 12 European countries.

Co-creation and connections: you will work together with other learners, teamchers, government, business companies, and societal organisations; create a network of field experts; co-create the ECIU university – the new way of education on the European scale.

 

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Participation

  1. The challenge is provided by a city, region or business stakeholder and is entered onto the ECIU University Challenge Platform.
  2. The student explores the challenges and registers to the one or two he/she finds relevant. The challenge may cover different amount of ECTS credits. At KTU, the challenge consists of 6 ECTS credits (160 academic hours).
  3. The team is formed from registered participants and the team facilitator (teamcher) is assigned.
  4. The team works with the challenge provider, engages and investigates the challenge, and proposes solutions using the challenge-based learning methodology.
  5. During the process, the team can select relevant micro-modules that provide additional knowledge or skills that are needed to solve the challenge.
  6. At the end of the process, the student can achieve a certain amount of academic credits, or a certificate that will record his/her new skills gained during the challenge-learning process.
  7. Finally, the teams deliver their outputs which may include services, products, research questions, start-ups and spin-offs.

Students select one of the ECIU University challenges as an extra-curricular activity – not a part of the degree programme but as extra benefit. The ECTS credits awarded may be recognised at athe home university and included into the graduate’s diploma supplement.

Students who meet the following entry requirements are welcomed to participate in the autumn semester 2021:

  • studying at one of the 12 ECIU University member institutions;
  • enrolled in a master’s degree programme or 3rd or 4th year of a bachelor’s degree programme (completed at least 120 ECTS at Bachelor’s level);
  • B2 level in the English language;
  • eligible according to prerequisites of a challenge (if indicated);
  • optional – experience with entrepreneurial work.

Participation for students studying at one of the 12 ECIU University member institutions is free of charge.

When solving the challenge, participants work in multi-disciplinary and international teams, bringing students from different locations. The international dimension is assured by virtual mobility (students join team meetings and lectures online).

The team is assigned the University teamcher who provides assistance and guidance while soling the challenge, and facilitates communication with the challenge provider.

The team works with the challenge provider, engages and investigates the challenge, and proposes solutions using the challenge-based learning methodology.

The outputs of the team may include services, products, research questions, start-ups and spin-offs.

During the semester, students will have lectures, workshops, group and individual work. Students who are enrolled into KTU challenges will have scheduled meetings with the teamcher from 1 October 2021 to 22 December 2021, during weekdays in the afternoon. Student teams are flexible to plan the rest of their working time.

The ECIU University’s challenge-based learning approach follows a specific structure consisting of three main steps: engage, investigate and act.

Engagement

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

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

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.

Student teams are working together in a digital environment and all activities take place online.

Virtual learning environment Moodle is used for student-teacher communication and content delivery of the challenge and the micro-module. Microsoft Teams or Zoom is used for video conferencing.

Student teams are free to decide which other online tools they want to use to increase collaboration with their peers.

Upon successful completion of the challenge and, if selected, the micro-module the student is awarded with respective ECTS credits and the transcript of records (issued by the respective university) which includes details on workload and the final mark.

The challenges and the micro-modules are offered primarily as an extracurricular activity. However, the credits acquired are subject for recognition and approval by the respective home universities.

In addition, after successful completion of the challenge, the student is awarded with a certificate of participation (issued by ECIU University). The student team that provides the best challenge solution is able to receive a letter of recommendation from the challenge provider.

 

Enrolment

Students who are interested in engaging into the challenge follow these steps:

  1. Sign up to the ECIU University Challenge Platform.
  2. Explore the challenges.
  3. Register to one or two challenges he/she finds relevant. When registering, the student has to unload the following documentation: transcript of records from the home university (Bachelor’s level) or student card (Bachelor’s / Master’s level), proof of  the English language proficiency, motivation letter (max 500 words) on why you want to enrol in the challenge, optional – CV showing your experience with entrepreneurial work.
  4. Receive information from the University coordinating the challenge on the process regarding selection of applicants and the result of his/her application.

Students enrolled at ECIU University member institutions do not pay a participation fee.

After the deadline of application, the Admissions Committee will decide upon the applicant’s eligibility to enrol in the preferred challenge.

The evaluation criteria:

  1. Transcript of records / student card assessment: studies at one of the 12 ECIU University member institutions, enrolment in a master’s degree programme or 3rd or 4th year of a bachelor’s degree programme; completed 120 ECTS of higher education studies at undergraduate level.
  2. Motivation letter assessment: personal motivation to join the challenge, attitude towards experimenting and trying out new educational models, previous experience.
  3. CV assessment: extra-curricular activities and engagement in student community, previous job experience, participation in hackathons or similar entrepreneurial events or challenges.
  4. Additional competence assessment: if indicated, eligibility according to the specific challenge requirements.

After the decision is made, all applicants will be contacted by email. The admitted applicants will be informed about the further procedures of enrolment at the host university and joining the challenge in the vitual learning environment.

Upon the enrolment at the challenge, student teams are formed and the student undertakes to complete the challenge.

The deadline for application is indicated in the challenge description.

The main deadlines for the challenges starting in September:

  1. Registration to the challenges and submission of documentation until 25 July 2021.
  2. Formal eligibility check, screening against admission criteria, and placement in teams until August 2021.
  3. Notification of admission and team preparation until August 2021.
  4. Enrolment of the admitted students until August 2021.
  5. Participation in the challenge during the autumn semester 2021 – from 1 September 2021 to 22 December 2021.
 

Contacts

Frequently asked questions regarding the application, content and schedule of the semester here.

For general questions about the participation and enrolment, please email eciu-university@ktu.lt.

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