In view of the current corona situation, CLUSTER universities are making great efforts to deal with this situation, always driven by the paradigm of safeguarding the health and well-being of their students, staff and faculties and fulfilling their social responsibility. Immediate measures include adapting their training and research activities to this new situation, the development and implementation of e-learning courses and hackathons, virtual team building measures and psychological hotlines. In addition, the CLUSTER universities are using their technological know-how to contribute to the successful fight against Covid-19, e.g. by providing temporary hospitals or respiratory equipment. An overview of the measures taken can be found here:
The Aalto University and Aalto Ventures Program would like to warmly invite students to participate in the virtual summer course ‘Creating Multidimensional Experiences’ which will be held from 3rd to 21st August 2020 at Aalto University, Otaniemi Campus, Espoo, Finland.
About the course
During the virtual summer course, participants will work in international and multidisciplinary teams from an SDG-based problem to a solution. Teams will develop their concepts using iterative, user centric, entrepreneurial process including design thinking, business modeling, prototyping, testing, and eventually pitching their validated business concepts. Students will get immersed to the entrepreneurial ecosystem at Aalto University (as well as in Finland in general) and have an opportunity to network with passionate, inspiring and dynamic people within the ecosystem!
Individual registrations for the course can be done through the website. Institutional pricing is available for groups of 5 or more participants.
Application Deadline: June 30th, 2020* *Application done and submitted before the date
Coronavirus update & Cancellation policy
We have recently decided that our summer course will be organized online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will follow the most up-to-date guidance from both sources during the summer. In the unfortunate event that we need to cancel summer course due to ongoing regulations, we will fully refund the payment of the course.
For related questions, please feel free to contact Ms. My Nguyen (email@example.com) at Aalto Ventures Program.
In light of the recent COVID-19 developments, CLUSTER will host its annual General Assembly on April 3, 2020 from 10-12am CET as a virtual meeting. Among the most important items on our agenda are the election of the next CLUSTER president, the inauguration of the CLUSTER Student Organisation (CSO), and the report on the current CLUSTER presidency by TU Darmstadt. While we regret the cancelation of the CLUSTER 30th Anniversary Symposium and all other in-person events scheduled to take place in Darmstadt between April 1 and 3, the health and safety of our colleagues, staff, and students are naturally our highest priority.
The second 2019 Steering Committee of CLUSTER and was held at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven from 24th to 25th October.
Prior to the CLUSTER Steering Committee, addional working group meetings were organized, like the Student Representative Meeting on the 24th October, the InComm Project Meeting from 22th to 23th October and the Task Force Mobility Meeting on the 24th October.
The Consortium was hosting students from all member universities at an CLUSTER Students’ meeting, to hear student views, exchange ideas about new CLUSTER initiatives and discuss the future organisational structure of a CLUSTER Students’ organization.
Moreover, the 10th Workshop of Sino-European Engineering Education Platform (SEEEP) was held held at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven as well from 22th to 23th October. The topics of the Workshop were: “Engineering Education: best practices and lessons learned”, “Entrepreneurship & Innovation within the Sino-EU context” and “SEEEP experience sharing and education internationalization”.
Other topics on the agenda were the initiation of a new joint research proposal in the field of artificial intelligence and the planning of the CLUSTER Symposium on 2nd April 2020, which is aimed to celebrate the 30-years anniversary of the network.
With the change of TUDa’s President Hans Jürgen Prömel to Tanja Brühl, the Presidency of CLUSTER will be now led by TUDa’s new President Tanja Brühl. We sincerely congratulate and welcome our new President on her new position as CLUSTER’s President and believe that she will contribute a lot to CLUSTER’s development and improvement. We would like to express our thanks to TUDa’s and CLUSTER’s former President Hans Jürgen Prömel for his valuable input over the past year and wish him all the best for the future.
Tomsk Polytechnic University is delighted to invite you to our International Week in Tomsk, Russia on December 9-11, 2019! The aim of this event is to deepen insights, expand fruitful networking and make new acquaintances for everyone involved. “Discover Russia” is the theme of the International Week. Another aim of the Week is to meet with representatives of international offices of universities of Asia, Europe and Russia to introduce the system of Russian higher education and the universities of Tomsk for improving effectiveness of international cooperation.
Based on this we would like to give you the possibility to
present your home university and institution at an international mini-fair during the Week
listen to key note speakers within the international Week´s subject areas
take part in interesting work-shops
give a lecture to Russian students
Please let us know which subject you are lecturing about. We encourage interdisciplinary lectures within the subject areas or in some other area of expertise that you would like to introduce.
You are invited to participate in Aalto University Entrepreneurial Education Week that will take place at Aalto University’s vibrant main campus in Otaniemi, Espoo, from 9th to 12th of December (https://avp.aalto.fi/summit). Learn Aalto’s way to teaching entrepreneurship and make your own courses stand out!
Aalto Ventures Program helps students to learn to build like an entrepreneur. Therefore, the emphasis in the “Aalto way” of teaching entrepreneurship is on developing student skills, competences and attitudes that they need for developing new businesses and initiatives in any type of environment.
Please join us in sharing entrepreneurial education practices in the second week of December. For those who want to deep dive into entrepreneurial course design, we’ve prepared Train the Trainers on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th. And if you’d like to have a combination of workshops and keynotes to have an overview of Aalto entrepreneurial ecosystem and education, Entrepreneurial Education Summit would be a perfect fit for you.
We look forward to meeting you in December in Finland and share insights on entrepreneurial education practices with you and other partners.
* Groups more than 5 participants per organisation will get discounted price for both Train the Trainers and Summit.
CLUSTER Universities were successful in applying for the “Erasmus + Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education” fund with the project “InComm – Feel at Home.” InComm focuses on the transitional period for international Master’s and phD students upon their entry into their studies, seeking to study and optimize the first 3 months for these students before and after their enrolment at a university. One of the goals of the project is to develop and implement a “customer journey” for Master’s and PhD students starting from 3 months before matriculation and 3 months after entry, and to facilitate a “feel at home” environment to improve student excellence and promote internationalization.
The coordinator of the project is KTH Stockholm (Sweden) in co-coordination with TU Eindhoven (the Netherlands); other partner universities include), Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal), TU Darmstadt (Germany), Universitat de Cataluna (Spain), and TU Graz (Austria, outside the CLUSTER consortium). The CLUSTER strategic university network will serve the InComm project by providing an organisational framework. The project will officially start for all partners with a kick-off meeting in Eindhoven in October of 2019, and the funding period for the project will end in August 2022.
In 2017, French President Macron launched an initiative to create 20 European universities by 2025. This initiative would allow for universities to apply for fundings and create integrated alliances for cooperation in research and study. In June of 2019, 10 out of 13 CLUSTER institutions were awarded the title of “European University.” Among these 10 institutions, 7 are involved in the UNITE! Alliance.
UNITE! (University Network for Innovation, Technology, and Engineering) is an alliance coordinated by TU Darmstadt involving CLUSTER partners KTH Stockholm, Aalto University, INP Grenoble, UPC Barcelona, Politecnico di Torino, and University of Lisbon (IST). The goal of the alliance is to create a trans-European campus, extending from Finland to Portugal, for students and scholars with trans-European courses of study, scientific cooperation in teaching and research, and transnational knowledge transfer.
In addition to UNITE! we would also like to congratulate CLUSTER partners KU Leuven, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and Trinity College Dublin for their successes in receiving recognition as “European Universities” through their respective alliances UNA Europa, EPICUR, and CHARM European University. All European University alliances with participation of CLUSTER members aim to not only foster transnational research and study but also provide a multidisciplinary and multicultural educational environments and will receive five million euros from the EU for the first three years.
On behalf of Aalto University, a strategic partner of the Millennium Technology prize and Technology Academy Finland TAF, we encourage your organization to nominate candidates for the 2020 Millennium Technology Prize.
The Millennium Technology Prize is a prize of one million euros and awarded every two years by the TAF to an individual or to a team from any country, established by the Government of Finland, academic institutions, and high-tech industries in 2004. The patron of the Prize is the President of the Republic of Finland. The Prize will be awarded on 26 May 2020.
The Millennium Technology Prize highlights the impact of scientific innovations for the well-being of humanity and is awarded for groundbreaking technological innovations. To this day, three winners of the prize – Frances Arnold, Shinya Yamanaka and Shuji Nakamura – have gone on to become Nobel Laureates. A list of all former Millennium Technology Prize Winners is available at https://taf.fi/millennium-technology-prize/winners/.
Nominations for the 2020 Millennium Technology Prize will be accepted until 31 July 2019 at www.millenniumprize.fi/cfn, and are invited from organizations around the world and from all fields of technology, excluding military technology. Special emphasis is placed on proposals relating to:
energy and environment
life sciences, including health and food
information and communications technology and smart systems
new materials, processes and manufacturing
For further information on the Millennium Technology Prize and the nomination process, please visit www.millenniumprize.fi/cfn. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the CEO, Ari Ahonen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or COO Eeva Sievi (email@example.com) of the Technology Academy Finland TAF.
For information on Aalto University’s partnership with the Millennium Technology Prize:
Senior advisor, PhD, Docent
Aalto University, Research Services
Research ethics and Integrity
Technology Academy Finland –relationship
The CLUSTER Consortium hosted students from all member universities at a second CLUSTER student representatives’ meeting in Barcelona from 4th to 5th July. The students in attendance discussed the organizational structure for their meetings and developed projects about future/new CLUSTER initiatives. More specifically, they considered the formation of a student council with a board and the development of an intensive 2-week ‘CLUSTER course’ to target the student interest and engagement
All in all, this was a great opportunity for students to meet again with like-minded peers and to exchange experiences and ideas about international university education.