Summer Course Creating Multidimensional Experience 29 July – 16 August 2019, Aalto University

Aalto University is excited to share a great opportunity for students to learn entrepreneurship in Finland
this summer!

Experience a unique summer course, where students from around the world come together to learn how
to create immersive, multidimensional experiences. During three weeks of magical Finnish summer,
students will use an iterative process to go from an idea to a prototype, learning by doing, while getting to
know and understand the globally renowned startup culture in Helsinki.
For more information, please see links below.

Course website: https://avp.aalto.fi/avp-summer-school/
Summer school video: https://www.youtube.com/
Aalto Ventures Program FB: https://www.facebook.com/aaltoventuresprogram

Students can apply until 31st May via this registration form . If you are willing to send a group of students of five or more, please request group pricing from Ilja Riekki, Head of International Relations, Aalto Ventures Program : ilja.riekki@aalto.fi. You can also schedule a skype call with Ilja, if Aalto University or Aalto Ventures Program are new entities for you.

EUCRITE International Staff Training Week, 17-19 June 2019, Darmstadt

The EUCRITE project Consortium (European Center for Refugee Integration in Higher Education, www.eucrite.eu ) is pleased to invite you to the Staff Training Event taking place at the Technische Universität Darmstadt from Monday June 17th to Wednesday June 19th 2019.

The Staff Training Week is open to international relations professionals, administrative staff from the EUCRITE – European Centre for Refugee Integration in Higher Education – universities as well as staff members from CLUSTER.

The main objective of the training is to provide administrative staff with a set of tools to improve the work with perspective and returning refugee students and enhance inclusion in HEI across Europe.

For further details about the event and the registration please visit the project website.

We are looking forward to receive your registrations until April 22nd. A participation is only possible for staff being able to be present all three days. Please keep in mind that Thursday, June 20th is a national holiday in Germany, therefore we encourage you to make travel arrangements as soon as possible.

CLUSTER Steering Committee I and General Assembly 2019

The annual General Assembly and the first 2019 Steering Committee of CLUSTER will be held at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon from 11th to 12th April.

As part of the General Assembly, addional working group meetings are planned, such as a meeting of Erasmus + coordinators and a meeting of the work group on communication.

Moreover, the Consortium is looking forward to meet students from all member universities at an inaugrual CLUSTER student representatives’ meeting, to hear student views and discuss ideas about future/new CLUSTER  initiatives. Certainly, this is also a great opportunity for students to get to know like-minded peers, to exchange experiences/ideas and to create their own CLUSTER student network.

Current and upcoming activities of the Consortium as well as the organization of the symposium for the 30-year anniversary of CLUSTER are intensively discussed during the Steering Committee. The respective results of the Steering Committee, including the working group results and input from students representatives’ meeting, are subsequently presented to the General Assembly for decision.

Additionally, INGDIVIS, an EU project of CLUSTER partners, organizes its open international conference.

 

 

 

 

INGDIVS Training Event, 8-12 April 2019, Lisbon

The event will take place in Lisbon on April 8-12 and will be hosted by IST. More information about the INGDIVS project here.

This activity will allow the most active experts involved in the project activities(at least one per country) to train around 20-25 professionals from the partner universities and schools dealing daily with gender issues, communication and recruitment. The activity will aim at training these professionals on how to effectively use the final version of the on line profiling toolbox with the different target groups that will be approached locally right after this training session (which can be therefore seen a ”training the trainers” event). The activity, which will be hosted by IST in Lisbon, will have a duration of 5 days and will also touch all the other aspects and results of the project in order to offer a very comprehensive and broad view on the topic including the different identified tools, state of the art, national differences, best practices and bad experiences, etc. Although the activity might be considered as adult education, the relevant field is without any doubt Higher Education which is the field that will benefit of the outcomes and which will be the field on which the trained professional will focus and operate.

Programme

VENUE: Instituto Superior Técnico, Alameda Campus (Av. Rovisco Pais, 1, Lisboa) Congress Center Auditorium in Civil Engineering Pavilion, floor -1.

PM Life, a lifelong learning programme coodinated by a CLUSTER´s member

PM Life is a lifelong programme devoted to powder metallurgy (PM), which has been launched in 2008. it includes 5 training weeks, each one devoted to a specific PM process and hosted in a different venue across five European countries, ans a 3-week intership in a company or an academic research group. The training includes both fundamental and technological facets of the processes. The targeted audience comprises newly-recruited or regular employees of PM companies or universities, as well as PhD. students and recently graduated students. The students can attend the full programme  or pick specific modules. The programme is sponsored by EIT Raw Materials, which allows offering low registration fees. It is coordinated by Grenoble INP in close connection with the European Powder Metallurgy Association (EPMA).

More information can be found in the programme website: www:pmlifetraining.com

EUCRITE International Staff Training Week, 6-8 February 2019, Graz

Invitation

TU Graz is pleased to announce that it’s International Staff Training Week will be held from the 6 to 8 February 2019.

The three-day programme has a unique format which will include Guest speakers, regular sessions, debates, workshops, along with the opportunity to disseminate your university at the international exhibition (I-Day) and World café, cultural activities and social events. The outcome is to exchange experiences and know-how and participants who will learn from good practices of the partner institutions, obtaining the skills that are relevant for their jobs and their professional development.

Programme

The Staff Training Week is open to international relations professionals, administrative staff from the EUCRITE – European Centre for Refugee Integration in Higher Education – universities as well as staff members from CLUSTER.

After an analysis of the actual needs of staff dealing with refugee students at our universities and we are now ready to share our findings and training packages with you. The training packages are targeted at supporting staff in their interaction with displaced students. This first staff training event is also a test run for our material and we would like to invite you to engage in the activities/discussions as much as possible and share your ideas with us. Your feedback is crucial for us to make necessary adjustments to the material.

Here you can find the preliminary program as well as the Registration form of Graz University of Technology. Please forward this invitation email within your university. We are advertising this event preferred to CLUSTER members and are looking forward to receive your registrations until 15th December. A participation is only possible for staff being able to be present all three days. Please send registration forms directly to gerlinde.mueller-reinisch@tugraz.at Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

We look forward to welcoming you!

Universities united for the best Horizon Europe, 8 November 2018

Leuven, 8th November 2018

View the statement here

The Framework Programme (FP) for Research & Innovation (R&I) aims to “deliver scientific, economic and social impact […] to strengthen the scientific and technological basis of the Union, and foster its competitiveness” . Cluster and thirteen European associations representing universities stress that recent developments in the negotiations within the European Parliament are undermining these aims. Building on our prior statement ‘Universities united for the best Horizon Europe’, these universities consortium want to underline in a common statement that:

1. The Framework Programme should continue to set the standard for excellence in Europe.

Excellence should be promoted wherever it occurs. Excellent researchers and innovators from all European countries should be stimulated to participate in the FP. We acknowledge that the current R&I divide is pressing, however it should be addressed through the reinforcement of synergies with regional funds and national measures, rather than be treated as a specific objective of the FP.

2. International collaboration between EU member states and other countries must be stimulated.

Research activities are in essence international. The FP should stimulate and facilitate participation of third countries. Furthermore, all associated countries should be allowed to fully participate in the FP. This will guarantee the attractiveness of the FP for researchers and innovators and ensure the desired impact.

We support the European Parliament’s plea for a considerable increase of the Horizon Europe budget, and want to reiterate that the necessary budget to accomplish its projected objectives is €160 billion. We also urge the European institutions to work towards a smooth start of Horizon Europe on 1 January 2021.

Great ranking of CLUSTER members in the 2018-REUTERS ranking “The world’s most Innovative Universities”

Known as one of the most famous University rankings, Reuters’ ranking “world’s most innovative Universities” was published at the beginning of October 2018. This ranking spotlights the dynamic of CLUSTER by standing out from the crowd some of its members. KU Leuven (Belgium) reached an astonishing 7th place in the ranking! This makes KU Leuven the first non-american university.

 

Not far behind, on the 12th place, is the federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland). Another CLUSTER member, Karlsruhe Insitute of Technology (Germany), is also nominated in this ranking (92th). Furthermore, two associate members of CLUSTER, Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), Tsinghua University (China) are also in the Top 100 with respectively the 29th, 44th place.

This ranking is based on several data including patent volume, patent success, width of the patents, patents citation and impact, numbers of articles published and their impact (quotations) and others similar criteria. To see the full methodology, report directly to the Reuters’s explanation.

CLUSTER congratulates all of its members and associate members for their performances in the Reuters’ ranking, especially KU Leuven for it’s top 10! These results are a true motivating factor for all of members and enhance the renown of CLUSTER.

International Forum “Student technology entrepreneurship”, 14-16 November 2018, Tomsk

Any modern university takes on additional roles for developing the social and economic environment of its city and region. Institutes for higher education start understanding the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation. Entrepreneurial mission is becoming one of the priority goals for most institutes of higher education in Russia.

One of the instruments to achieve this goal is to develop entrepreneurial skills and entrepreneurial thinking of students. Technological breakthrough is impossible without competent and talented youth. We need specialists who are able to determine development directions, set up goals and take responsibility for them. They should not only find current scientific possibilities but also be able to provide their practical application in order to meet the needs of consumers, industry and economics.

Moreover, it is becoming more and more important for big companies and corporations to have flexible employees who are ready for risk and able to design new products and innovations and bring them into the market.

Entrepreneurial thinking and spirit are becoming necessary competences for engineers and innovators.

The Forum “Student technology entrepreneurship” is a unique platform with an ideal environment for efficient interaction between concerned parties in the field of technology entrepreneurship for students.

The purpose of the Forum is to reveal best practices of entrepreneurial skill development of students from technical specializations and to apply them in modern universities.

The forum tasks:

  • To gather best practices of developing technology entrepreneurship skills for students;
  • To share experiences for betterment of existing methodologies for developing entrepreneurial competences of students in the field of science and technology;
  • To prepare a list of recommendations for the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation on entrepreneurship education for students with technical specializations.

Main participants of the Forum:

  • Universities (Russian, Asian and European) – developing entrepreneurial thinking, skills and spirit for students in technology (engineers and innovators).
  • Infrastructure – searching for competent specialists in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
  • Corporations – searching for competent specialists for running and developing internal start-up projects.

The organizers of the Forum:

  • Tomsk Polytechnic University;
  • Tomsk region administration (on approval).

The partners of the Forum:

  • Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research (CLUSTER);
  • Association for Engineering education of Russia;
  • Autonomous non-profit organization «eNano» (RUSNANO group);
  • Association “Nonprofit partnership “Promotion of innovative technologies “Business partners”

The following events are planned to be held on the Forum:

November, 14th

  • Forum opening event – discussion platform “Student technology entrepreneurship: the role of the university in developing entrepreneurship competences”.
  • Round table discussions: “Best practices of developing technology entrepreneurship for students”, “Corporate entrepreneurship: how to train specialists for corporations?”
  • 7th Annual business projects contest “10K: ideas for life” (satellite event).

November, 15th

  • Expert seminar “Developing entrepreneurial thinking and skills for students in technology during their education process”.

More infos soon! Stay tuned!

International Staff Training Week, 8-12 October 2018, Lisbon

Invitation

Tecnico Lisboa, of the University of Lisbon is pleased to announce that it’s International Staff Training Week will be held from 8 to12 October, 2018.

The five-day programme has a unique format which will include Guest speakers, regular sessions, debates, workshops, along with the opportunity to disseminate your university at the international exhibition (I-Day) and World café, cultural activities and social events. The outcome is to exchange experiences and know-how and participants who will learn from good practices of the partner institutions, obtaining the skills that are relevant for their jobs and their professional development.

Programme

Detailed  programme information is available at Staff Training Week 2018 or download a brochure here.

The Staff Training Week is open to international relations professionals, administrative staff from international partners and non-partner Universities, as well as staff members from all Portuguese universities.

This initiative will enhance skills in 5 main areas:

1.              International Visibility;

2.              Dynamic Networks and Strategic Partnerships;

3.              International Student Recruitment Strategies;

4.              International Events/Fairs @ 2 campuses (Partner Exhibition & World Cafe);

5.              Job Shadowing Meetings.

Participation in the exhibition is strictly for our international partners, but national professionals are welcome to assist and network with our international partners.  The fair is used to disseminate international mobility opportunities to our students. Previous editions received more than 1000 students.

How to apply?

Fill in the application form as soon as possible, pay and benefit from a special discount. The Fee includes participation in exhibition (booth) / World café (coffee table) workshops, debate, guest speakers and cultural and social events. The online application is already open.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at international@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

We would appreciate it if you could pass this information to interested persons in the international affairs area of your University.

We look forward to welcoming you!