Our Vision

We envision a future in which society thrives and masters global challenges with smart and sustainable solutions empowered by European engineering. The fundamentals for this future must be laid in higher education. Thus, we want to transform European engineering education in a way that we open learning up and combine innovative teaching methods across our institutions to convey basic knowledge more efficiently. This will be significantly rounded out with interdisciplinary learning, the development of transferable skills and real-world problem solving together with extra-university partners. In summary, this will not only equip our graduates with future-oriented competencies and raise their employability, it will also create more sound knowledge partnerships with industry and society in order to further align smart technology with sustainable needs. In this way, EELISA will contribute to the achievement of the European Green Deal and to an inclusive transformation of “the EU into a fair and prosperous society, with a modern resource-efficient and competitive economy” (EC COM (2019) 640 final).

Our strategic priorities

EELISA’s mission is ultimately to transform the whole European Higher Education Area, converting it into a central actor and a model in Europe for solving societal challenges and empowering student citizenship participation and employability by:


  • Re-inventing the “European engineer”

  • Democratizing engineering education

  • Evolving interdisciplinary engineering learning

  • Fostering knowledge and technology transfer

  • Stimulating inclusiveness

  • Inspiring others

Our history

Our institutions had previously established several bilateral or multilateral relations, and this pre-existing background will facilitate the implementation of EELISA starting at a higher than usual entry-level. The European Universities call constitutes a very good opportunity to take a big leap forward in our cooperation, by scaling up activities, enlarging the alliance and achieving higher ambitions. EELISA will be a motivation for sustaining a transformative process of integration.

To date, our cooperation has been possible mainly through the following mechanisms:

  • Most of the EELISA partners are members of the ATHENS network, which has made it possible to arrange more than a hundred one-week seminars (2-3 ECTS credits), moving 2,000 students twice a year since 1997.

  • Some of EELISA partners (UPM, Chimie ParisTech, MINES ParisTech, ITU) work since October 2019 together within the Erasmus+ strategic partnership IDEAL (European soft skills for PhD: enhancing transversal skills through innovative doctoral courses) on doctoral training for soft skills.

  • UPM and FAU collaborate in a new transnational focus of existing master Health & Medical Data Analytics and Entrepreneurship (HMDA) programmes, funded by the European EIT Health consortium.

  • Some EELISA partners have set up or are currently developing double degrees. For instance, the MINES ParisTech- UPM double degree was even created just before the Erasmus programme was launched more than 30 years ago.

  • Our field of collaboration is also spreading from technical disciplines, such as the École des Ponts – UPM joint master’s degree in public action for engineers.

  • Our schools of engineering and universities have intensively participated in student mobility schemes, while patterns remain largely unbalanced. All bilateral Erasmus agreements have been signed so far. Outstanding agreements are being signed to ensure full coverage of the possibilities before the start of the alliance.

  • Most of our engineering higher education institutions have been accredited by ENAEE (European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education), our associated partner of EELISA, to meet the EUR-ACE standards related to best practices aiming to set common European standards and guidelines.

  • Most of the partners are also members of European associations, such as TIME and CESAER, which provide fora to exchange views.

Research collaborations (Horizon 2020 projects, EIT, Erasmus…) are ongoing, mostly as a consequence of bottom-up initiatives from our scientific communities. The inclusion of non-technological universities to enrich the Alliance was possible thanks to existing research collaborations.


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