Thursday, 3 December 2020

Make a real impact: solve ECIU University challenges

We invite students to join multidisciplinary and international teams at the ECIU University and solve challenges, provided by business and societal partners across Europe

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For the upcoming spring semester, we invite students to join multidisciplinary and international teams at the ECIU University and solve challenges, provided by business and societal partners across Europe. You will have an opportunity to tackle local, national and global problems with a challenge-based approach. 

Interested? Explore the ECIU University challenges on Eciu website:

Why Participate

  • Make a real impact. Our challenges are the ones that communities and organisations face at this very moment. Working with them will give you “first-hand” experience and possibility to contribute to real societal change.
  • Contribute to more sustainable communities. Our challenges evolve around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal no. 11 “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. By collaborating at local, national and international levels, you help to solve these complex challenges and make society futureproof.  
  • Follow your own learning path. You will gain unique experiences and develop professional and personal skills, like problem-solving and team-work competences, the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary and international team and learn inter-cultural competences. The ECIU University connects 12 universities from 12 different European countries. 
  • Challenge yourself by a new way of learning. In the challenge-based approach, you will work together with teachers, government, experts, business, companies and societal organisations. In addition to this, you may choose from a variety of micro-modules which can support you to better solve the challenge.

How does it work

  • Explore the ECIU University challenges provided by various European cities, regions or business stakeholders. 
  • Register to the challenge platform to receive more information about participation.
  • Choose the challenge that intrigues you and you get paired up with others that also thrive for the project.
  • Engage and investigate the challenge and propose solutions.
  • Micro-modules will help you gain additional knowledge or skills that are needed to solve the challenge.
  • Gain a certain amount of academic credits that will record your new skills gained during challenge-based learning process and chosen micro-modules (how credits are recognised differs in each institution).

Requirements for student to join the ECIU University challenges

  • Studies in one of the 12 ECIU University member institutions.
  • Enrolment in a master’s degree programme or final year of a bachelor’s degree programme.
  • Completed 120 ECTS of higher education studies at undergraduate level.  
  • English language proficiency: B2 (Self-assessment, CEFR of languages). 
  • Optional requirement: Experience with entrepreneurial work.

Upon successful and certified completion of the Challenge, students may be awarded UniTrento elective credits according to the regulations of each Department and subject to the prior approval of the Student Support and Study Program Offices.

In addition, UniTrento students will have the opportunity to develop some very important skills, such as team working, creativity, analysis and problem solving in a dynamic and multicultural (virtual) environment. In this way, participants will have a chance to build an international network.

We are building the European University of the future – the ECIU University. 

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