Looking back at the first six months EuroTeQ Engineering University
In July 2020, the EuroTeQ Engineering University was chosen by the European Commission as a European University in their European Universities Initiative.
After months of preparation, the TUM-coordinated project started in the beginning of November 2020. Over 100 colleagues from the six Technical Universities participated in the kick-off workshop on November 24. They laid the foundations for successfully implementing their vision over the next three years.
EuroTeQ enables the partners to bring their respective strengths and innovative ideas into the new project and at the same time rely on proven structures and experiences from the long-term cooperation in the EuroTech Universities Alliance. The EuroTech Brussels Office additionally supports the planned activities – a clear USP of this European network.
Building the backbone, inviting participation
The main purpose of the first of many meetings was to enable the colleagues to get to know each other, as they will work closely together in the future within the six work packages of the project. With the moderation of the respective university in the lead, the milestones of the EuroTeQ Campus, Collider, Professional, and Connector were set. In addition, the management structures were established and a communication strategy worked out. The aim is to work conceptually and to combine study and teaching more closely with research, and at the same time to plan tangible first activities so that students, graduates, and researchers can soon benefit directly.
Looking back at the first six months of the EuroTeQ cooperation, we are proud of the steps we have taken and the tangible results the colleagues have produced:
Project governance structures are in place and running:
- Management Board Meetings with all Vice-Presidents for Education of the partner universities have already taken place on February 22 and May 6, 2021
- Presidential Strategy Forum took place on June 2, 2021
- At least one if not more Local Advisory Board meetings took place at all locations between October 2020 and May 2021
- The first meeting of the EuroTeQ Advisory Board with central European engineering associations took place in March 2021
- All Work Packages have formed active communities that meet regularily, over 100 colleagues across partners are involved
Cooperation in study & teaching
- For the autumn semester 2021/22, 5-10 digital courses per university will be opened for the students of the partner universities, students will engage in virtual mobility programme
- The EuroTeQ Teaching Fund has been opened at TUM and CTU. The open call for applications supports seven selected teaching projects at TUM with a funding volume of 75,000 Euros. CTU ist still selecting among 15 applications. Other partners plan to launch the call later in the year.
- EuroTeQ has taken a leading role in the exchange with other European University Alliances on technical solutions for connecting campus management systems. This has been very positively perceived by representatives of European institutions.
- We have concluded a mapping of the flexible and modularly organized Lifelong Learning offerings of all partners. Here, too, we are seen as a lead partner in the development of micro-credentials.
- TUM has launched a Workshop series for intercultural training for future engineers on the European job market
- We have launched a EuroTeQ LinkedIn Page in January 2021 with over 300 Followers
- Our new EuroTeQ website is ready to launch in the beginning of July 2021
- A public EuroTeQ event with the title “Educating responsible Professionals in Europe” is planned on July 7, 2021. Panelist will discuss the future of European Engineering with key stakeholders from in and outside the university.
- TU/e is hosting a EuroTeQ Hackathon for students developing a Gaming App, on June 11-12, 2021.