European Engineering Learning Innovation and Science Alliance (EELISA) is the first alliance of Higher Education Institutions (graduate engineering schools, technology universities and full-spectrum universities) from different countries in Europe meant to define and implement a common model of European engineer rooted in society.

EELISA’s acronym also pays a tribute to women engineers through the memory of Elisa Leonida Zamfirescu (1887 – 1973), one of the very first women to obtain an engineering degree in the world. She also embodied the core elements of EELISA Alliance: she had a multi-cultural and cross-border background, contributed to engineering with innovative methods for the analysis of minerals and had a determined social commitment.


EELISA aims to transform European higher education while strengthening links between engineering and society by:

  • Re-inventing the “European engineer”.
  • Democratizing engineering education.
  • Evolving interdisciplinary engineering learning.
  • Encouraging knowledge, skills and technology transfer.
  • Fostering inclusiveness and diversity.
  • Making a real impact on society following the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs.


We envision a future where societies thrive and master global challenges with smart and sustainable solutions empowered by European engineering.

A future where academic excellence and innovation are always linked to social responsibility and commitment.

A future where academic and non-academic partners come together to solve real-world problems.

A future where gender balance in STEM careers, sustainable mobility between institutions and cooperation between researchers, students and civil society are the foundations of a new European Higher Education.

You can access and download the EELISA Leaflet HERE and the EELISA Infographic HERE

Read EELISA Governing Board declaration HERE

Governance And Structure

The EELISA governance relies on the following bodies:

  • The Governing Board (executive) defines the strategy and nominates the members of the other boards. This board also includes the EELISA President and a representative of students, academic and administrative staff.
  • The Academic & Scientific Board (advisory) advises the governing board on educational and scientific issues (as well as societal challenges EELISA may focus on. The EELISA Dean of Studies is the coordinator of this board.
  • The Employment Committee (advisory) advises the Academic & Scientific Board on employability, entrepreneurship education and internships.
  • The Evaluation Committee (quality assessment) monitors EELISA’s activity, assesses the implementation of internal quality procedures and outcomes through relevant indicators.
  • The Executive Board (operational) is composed by representatives from each full partner of the alliance.
  • The EELISA Office manages the project and is led by the Executive Director, who is also a member of the Executive Board.
  • In addition, each EELISA community will have its own EELISA Community Board composed of researchers/professors, students and stakeholders (representatives of public authorities, NGOs, private companies, etc).