CLUSTER Universities’ Initiatives to cope with the Covid-19 situation

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:

TU Darmstadt:

UPC Barcelona:

Politecnico di Torino

Aalto

Aalto info for students

TU Eindhoven

Trinity College Dublin

UC Louvain

IST Lisbon

EPF Lausanne

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

KTH Stockholm

INP Grenoble

KU Leuven

CLUSTER associated members:

Tomsk Polytechnic University

Universidade de Sao Paulo

Creating Multidimensional Experiences, 3 to 21 August at Aalto University

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!
For more information you can download the course flyer, schedule and brochureIn addition, latest information can always be found on the website of the summer course.

Registration

Individual registrations for the course can be done through the websiteInstitutional pricing is available for groups of 5 or more participants.

Application Deadline

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 (my.2.nguyen@aalto.fi) at Aalto Ventures Program.

CLUSTER 2020 General Assembly Goes Virtual!

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.

Cluster Steering Committee II and 10th SEEEP Workshop 2019

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.

Picture: Katrin Binner
Professor Dr. Tanja Brühl

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.

 

Postdoc Career Programme at TU Darmstadt – Calls are open

You are a Ph.D. student or a postdoc planning your next career step? You would like to apply for external funding to finance your own position but need to financially bridge the time up to the potential funding start? The Career Bridging Grant closes financial gaps between two career steps for candidates currently working at or aiming to work at TU Darmstadt. It provides short-term financial support for highly qualified candidates, who apply for funding with good prospects of success. The Career Bridging Grant secures financial support during the application process and thus facilitates a smooth transition to the next career step. This Career Programme is directed exclusively at international doctoral students and postdocs.
As one of the leading universities of technology in Germany, the TU Darmstadt offers a stimulating and cooperative research environment for young researchers. Our Postdoc Career Programme are directed at international doctoral students in the final stage of doctorate and international postdocs looking for a second postdoc. TU Darmstadt currently offer Career Bridging Grants and ´Future Talent´ Guest Stay Grants with deadline 15th of November, 2019.

Learn more: Offers for Postdocs at TU Darmstadt.

International Week 2019, 9-11 December, Tomsk

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.

Please see the Invitation and Preliminary Program for the International Week in Tomsk.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Tomsk Polytechnic University directly.
For more information you can also go to the official website of TPU International week 2019.
We are looking forward to your registration before November 10, 2019

Aalto University Entrepreneurial Education Week 2019, 9-12 December, Espoo

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.

Seize our Common Future: Joint Call for an Ambitious Horizon Europe Budget

CLUSTER has joined efforts with more than a dozen European organizations to call for an ambitious Horizon Europe budget that would invest in excellent, cross-border research and innovation (R&I). This investment is essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to build a prosperous future for European society.

The 15 associations call on the EU Institutions and national policy makers to strengthen R&I investment at European level (see attached document). They urge them to raise the budget of the next EU Program for R&I (2021-2027), Horizon Europe, to at least €120 billion. Even though a greater amount would be needed to solve the big challenges mentioned above and match the program’s ambitions, this commitment would give the right signal to boost public and private R&I investment in Europe.

The joint effort must be reinforced to achieve the transformation that Europe needs, in order to build a prosperous, safe, inclusive and sustainable future for the next generations. The EU Leaders have recognised this necessity during the Sibiu Summit, committing to stay united and build a Union fit for the future with the means to match these ambitions.

The Call is open to receive support by organizations at national and European levels. We believe that the more organizations and institutions would adhere to these principles, the more likely our leaders at EU-level and in national contexts will be in a strong position to promote a higher budget for R&I.

CLUSTER highly encourages its members to sign the Call and to further disseminate it in their community of contacts to gather as many supporting organizations as possible to achieve an adequate budget for R&I.

CLUSTER Project InComm Awarded Erasmus+ Grant

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLUSTER Universities Awarded Status and Funding as “European Universities” from the EU Commission

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.

For more information about the initiative please refer to the following website of the European Commission.