Where competition meets collaboration
You enjoy working on real-life problems, together in international and diverse teams, where everyone brings in their own perspective and experiences? You want to sharpen your problem-solving skills, get international competences, and be rewarded with credits for your studies or a micro-credential to add to your professional portfolio? You want to have the chance to work with industry partners that help you bring your ideas to life? Then, EuroTeQ has a lot to offer to you. And even better, it can be up to you to suggest an inspiring topic. Your mission will be to ignite the collective intelligence of your team and bring your project to the next level in local and European challenges.
The EuroTeQ Collider
Alongside the virtual Campus, the Collider is at the heart of our European University. The challenge-based learning competitions will encourage mixed teams to explore specific subjects together and work on innovative projects.
In research, scientists use a collider to accelerate elementary particles (atoms, electrons, neutrons…) to very high energy, provoking them to impact other particles to experiment, discover or validate new theories and transform matter. The EuroTeQ Collider aims to build on this mechanism: connecting participants with different profiles and personalities to boost creativity, innovation, shared understanding, enabling them to imagine new approaches, design disruptive solutions, and create prototypes to take up the respective challenge.
As students and professionals will work together in a joint effort, all participants will not only improve their technical skills but also enhance their soft skills such as team spirit, flexibility to work in multicultural environments, and design thinking, which are also very important in professional life.
How does the Collider work?
A committee of professors and researchers will define the overarching topics to be addressed by the future teams. In a second step, students will express their particular interests within these themes, while industry partners and stakeholders will specify the viability requirements. Based on this “swarm of ideas”, several challenges will be designed and invite participants to explore different aspects of a specific problem, develop solutions, test and validate tools and create prototypes of their solutions.
For the duration of each Collider, participants can call on advice and mentorship within the EuroTeQ network for their projects and attend courses and conferences. A jury will subsequently select the winning teams according to predefined criteria.
Once the local Collider competitions have taken place, the best projects will be presented in an international event, the EuroTeQaThon.
The participating teams will pitch their projects to a dedicated judging panel composed of representatives from the industry, European public bodies, NGOs, and the EuroTeQ Advisory Board. The winning teams will gain a prize and the opportunity to develop their project further and pitch it to the European Commission.
Other challenge-based education offers
EuroTeQ partners offer interesting challenge-based learning approaches. This means that you can attend a virtual or blended course that focuses on challenges that occur in the world around us. You will search for solutions together with your fellow EuroTeQ students and professors. Mentored by a professor in the field, the students have a lot of freedom to approach the challenge and compete for the best solution. You will gain plenty of knowledge during lectures and webinars, work in an international group and on transdisciplinary approaches.