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.

Access the EELISA Brochure HERE

Read EELISA Governing Board declaration HERE

EELISA 2.0 Mission Statement HERE

Find out more about EELISA through its Layperson’s report HERE