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Campus for Everyone
To facilitate student and staff mobility between all campuses, we will build an EELISA campus for everyone:
By working together, we will demonstrate that all students can feel at home in each campus and in the virtual EELISA campus during their studies whatever their mobility patterns, their origin, etc. We will set a specific programme to share scientific infrastructures in order to improve and widen our research and its impact on our students’ training.
Professional services will thus work closer and closer to make our campuses an EELISA campus. Via exchanges of best practices and the setup of common activities linked to student support, students within EELISA will face similar situations and get appropriate support as if they were at home. Our processes will be aligned first via the EELISA Charter for an automatic mutual recognition of higher education qualifications and learning outcomes abroad. In the long term, we aim at having compatible systems benefitting from ongoing initiatives, such as Erasmus without paper.
EELISA will develop joint activities (e.g. summer schools) and EELISA communities so that students and staff will be connected with each other, even if they are not located at the same campus. By working together virtually, they will contribute to building the EELISA virtual campus beyond the national borders and creating an EELISA spirit among all community members.
Students and staff will be involved as actors of the living labs, as well as partners of the communities and citizens of their cities. Students will be involved in EELISA governance, the governing board and the academic and scientific board. They will contribute as European citizens to the development of EELISA, as well to its governance and the EELISA communities. The EELISA campus will stay open for alumni, as we believe that alma mater have a particular role in orienting and supporting their former students in life-long learning.
Indeed, campuses will also be a key element in the pedagogical development of degrees, EELISA communities and citizen science. They will be used as living labs and/or test beds for sustainable innovations linked to the curriculum. While retaining their specificities (e.g. geographical and cultural terms), the EELISA campuses, scaled up as models for cities and for the planet, will illustrate our capacity to build a European alliance “united in diversity”.
The EELISA communities are the place where education, research, innovation and public debate coexist and connect, enhancing the connection of engineering with society. They are challenge-oriented multidisciplinary teams, including actors from different academic backgrounds, academic and practical expertise from our institutions (students, faculty, administrative staff) and real-life problem owners (city councils, other administrations, companies, NGOs). The entry to communities will be open to any actor of the EELISA network ready to share knowledge and ideation. Communities will enable the mixing of age groups, hierarchies and perspectives and successively grow, e.g. via the engagement of EELISA alumni that become professionals or employers. EELISA communities will thus not be restricted to academic names, but have a solution-centred perspective. This makes them responsive to external changes and trends and attractive for prospective students, researchers and new academic and societal partners. In the long run, the EELISA Communities will offer a broad coverage of the most relevant socio-technological challenges and will thus contribute to making the alliance’s universities leading institutions in transdisciplinary problem solving, thus reinforcing European citizenship and public debate. An EELISA community will be a stable structure but will periodically adapt its priorities and even name in order to adapt to new members’ capacities and interests and to opportunities to address new challenges.
Challenges are understood as calls for real-world engineering solutions, with a social, economic or ecological component. They will refer to a central paradigm of the global community, such as the Sustainable Development Goals. Each challenge will be set by an extra-university institution (e.g. industry, associations, public institutions, regions or municipalities, NGOs, applied research, business incubators), answered/elaborated by student groups and supervised by academic staff across the EELISA institutions.