In January, a further 21 universities and four universities of applied sciences were accepted on the national accompanying program to the EU initiative "European University Networks". With this program, the German government supports German universities in establishing Europe-wide university networks. To this end, they will receive national funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) until 2023 in addition to the funds already provided by the EU. The program is implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
In the "EUN – national initiative" call, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences was successful with its "IngEniUm" funding proposal. With HsKA as lead partner, eight universities from eight European countries now intend to systematically strengthen their collaboration over the next three years in the field of digital teaching. Together, they will further develop their academic portfolio and consistently use the potential of digitization to further improve the student-centeredness of teaching and to design flexible and accessible courses. Bottom-up and top-down strategies are combined: cross-border teaching cooperations and opportunities for individual exchange of experience are established, and (virtual) student mobility in the network is encouraged. At the same time, the activities are embedded in a cooperation framework, steered by decision-makers at the universities and accompanied by cross-university working groups. The central measure of the project, the joint development of cross-national courses with digital components, is carried out with media-didactic and technical support by an instructional designer in the "IngEniUm Education Lab". Furthermore, assistance is provided with regard to administrative and legal issues arising from such collaboration.
The project is funded by the BMBF over a three-year period with a total of 450,000 euros. HsKA's partners in the IngEniUm alliance are Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland), Högskolan i Skövde (Sweden), Medical University Sofia (Bulgaria), Universidad de Oviedo (Spain), Università degli Studi "G. d'Annunzio" (Italy), Universitatea Tehnică "Gheorghe Asachi" din Iaşi (Romania) and Université de Rouen Normandie (France).
The BMBF/DAAD press release on this program is available at the following link: