CLUSTER Steering Committee II 2021 at UCLouvain

The second 2021 Steering Committee of CLUSTER was held in hybrid format at Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) in Louvain-la-Neuve from 29th to 30th of October. Finally CLUSTER representatives and members were able to see each other again and spend time together on and off meetings such as enjoying a visit of Hergé’s (author of Tintin) Museum .

Since the previous SC, the new Working Group (WG) on the relationships between African universities and CLUSTER was created and five meetings were held. The existing WGs have also met regularly in this period. Outcomes were presented such as the one from the WG on sustainable development (SD) in engineering programs with the creation of a dedicated webpage ( referencing the SD policies and courses offer of each CLUSTER member.

Current and upcoming activities of the Consortium were intensively discussed during the Steering Committee such as the students’ implication in the network with the idea to launch an event for CLUSTER students and the role & admission of associate members.

The announcement of candidacy for the upcoming CLUSTER presidency 2022-2024 was made by Rector Luc Sels from KU Leuven and will be decided by a vote on the next General Assembly.

The next Steering Committee and the annual General Assembly will be held at Grenoble INP-UGA in Grenoble from 2nd to 3rd of March 2022.



The Global Future Skills Project

What is the Global Future Skills Project?

The Global Future Skills Project is seeking for contributions of your visionary and Future Skills-based higher education programs, courses and teaching & learning concepts built around supporting students’ Future Skills development.

In a world which is changing faster than ever before, it has never been more urgent to actively shape this global transformation in order to create the best possible future. Today’s students need to learn the necessary skills for this – Future Skills. The challenge of promoting them is one of the currently most debated challenges for higher education institutions all over the world. The Global Future Skills Project intends to build the first global entry point to access visionary higher education programs aiming at future skills for their graduates. This will be achieved through a) a video-based web portal portraying good practices and b) through an academic book publication. The project aims at increasing visibility for existing and emerging innovative teaching and learning practices, connecting educational innovators and promoting peer learning. Please contact us to contribute a book chapter in this upcoming globally leading Springer Publication.

Button: Submit your program here!

Future Skills? Future Skills are Skills which enable students to collectively impact societal transformation in order to create more sustainable futures. The Future Skills concept is based on educational research, comprises 17 skills profiles and represents a strong alternative vision of higher education. Throughout the past decade, the NextEducation research group has established an internationally unique and broad insight into the theory and conceptualization of Future Skills as a model for Future Higher Education (for more information:

Global? The Global Future Skills Project aims to look for exemplary programs in the field of higher education. It seeks to cover approaches from all six continents and elicit ground-breaking and visionary future education programs. In a high-level peer-reviewed academic publication, the authors will explain in-depth their approach, methods, experiences and evidence of their selected good-practice Future Skill programs. The book will be published by “Springer” in the Series “Future Higher Education” as an open access publication, without any costs for authors.

Observatory? In addition, a global observatory website will be set up where good practice programs will be presented. In order to allow a maximum of peer learning, a short presentation video will be produced for each example and disseminated through the website. With the dedicated website and book publication, the project will support Global Future Skills Education in different contexts by inciting reflection on and assessment of Future Skills within a global milestone research publication.

What are we looking for?

We are seeking for visionary and Future Skills-based higher education programs, courses and teaching & learning concepts built around supporting students’ Future Skills development. Future Skills are understood as skills enabling graduates to act as transformative agents in emergent developments in organizations, societies and the world as a whole. We therefore seek book chapters on:
teaching and learning concepts in higher education that are currently being implemented or have already been implemented.
• individual projects, course, study programs or holistic general teaching concepts, also but not limited to cooperation with corporate and civil society actors
• A new vision of higher education and the development of students’ Future Skills as well as its teaching-learning approach should be central

Who takes the initiative?

The „Global Future Skills Project“ is initiated by two globally leading universities: The Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) ( and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) ( in Germany. An expert team from both institutions is cooperating on the implementation of the global initiative, led by Prof. Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Professor of Education Management and Lifelong Learning at DHBW, Head of NextEducation Research Group ( and initiator of the groundbreaking NextSkills study ( in cooperation with Dr. Michael Stolle, Managing Director of KIT’s House of Competence.

Contact us for further information!

• Please contact us via for all project-related questions!
• Project website:
• Information on the Future Skills concept and research:
• NextEducation research team:
• House of Competence:

SEEEP PhD Summer School 2021 16th-27th August

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The yearly 2-week Energy PhD school organized by KTH Stockholm and TU Eindhoven will take place between 16 and 27 August.

The theme of the PhD school this year is “Energy Transition: Pathways towards net zero”.

Students will have a schedule with lectures and project work in an international working environment where students from European Universities as well as Chinese Universities will participate. Selected high level lectures will be given by expert Professors from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Zhejiang University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and TU Eindhoven on topics encompassing energy production and consumption, renewable energy technology, sustainability, energy storage technology and energy grids and conversion. This year, the course will be on-line. The work load is 4 ECTS. CLUSTER students are eligible to apply to the school with a CV and a motivation letter. Students will be selected based on their application.

Please upload your application no later than June 30, 2021 to this web forum:

Outcome of the selection is due July 3.

You can find the programme of the Summer School here

Hope to see you on-line this year!

Prof. Björn Laumert | KTH
Prof. David Smeulders | TU/e

Applications open for 2021 Summer School EPFL ETHZ

We are happy to announce that applications for the EPFL-ETHZ Summer School 2021 “Designing for Resiliency: RE:GENERATE alpine-urban circularity” are now open!
We developed a timely, pandemic-resilient hybrid outdoor format of nudging social transformative action, which allows both virtual-global and onsite participation in the mountain village of Ostana (Italy). The summer school will take place onsite (5th-13th June) and online (24th May – 25th June).
Participants will co-design seeds of systemic innovation for resilient and regenerative livelihoods in direct application with local communities, cultivating new solidarity between the urban and the alpine.
The new call for applications is open until April 15th (onsite) and May 1st (virtual).
…apply at following link! 
If you have any question, don’t hesitate to contact us at our email address:

CLUSTER General Assembly 2021 virtual at KTH

The first 2021 Steering Committee (SC) together with the annual General Assembly of CLUSTER was held virtually at KTH, Stockholm from 18th to 19th of March.

Since the previous SC, the newly created Working Groups on sustainable development in engineering programs and on the European Universities Alliances have met twice. The existing Working Groups have also been actively working during this time span and their activities were reported.

The main focus of discussion was the relationship between the CLUSTER network and future partners outside of Europe such as African universities. For this matter the role & admission of associate members is planned to be re-discussed and the creation of a new Working Group about relations with Africa was decided.

Current and upcoming activities of the Consortium were intensively discussed during the General Assembly such as the idea of creating a side event at COP26 to present CLUSTER activities, of giving the Industrial Engineering and Management department a new strategy, of celebrating the 30th anniversary in 2022. The students’ implication in the network CLUSTER SC and the future agreement for the SEEEP doctoral training program with China were among the important subjects of this General Assembly.

The next Steering Committee will be held at Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, from 28th to 29th of October 2021.

CLUSTER Steering Committee II 2020 virtual at Polito

The second 2020 Steering Committee of CLUSTER was held virtually at Politecnico di Torino from 29th to 30th of October.

Prior to this Steering Committee additional working group meetings were organised, such as a meeting of the students’ representatives and a meeting of the communication working group for the 30th anniversary celebration.

The main focus of discussion was the relationship between the CLUSTER network and the 6 European university alliances in which all members of CLUSTER are involved and their relative positioning. Moreover, the creation of a new working group on sustainable development in engineering programs was decided.

Current and upcoming activities of the Consortium were intensively discussed during the Steering Committee such as a virtual 30th anniversary, the students’ implication in the network, the future agreement for the SEEEP doctoral training program with China or the role & admission of associate members.

The next Steering Committee and the annual General Assembly will be held at KTH in Stockholm from 17th to 19th of March 2021.


Urban Greenhouse Challenge: Reforest

Tomsk Polytechnic University, a CLUSTER associate member, launches the international competition of student projects for innovative greenhouse complexes in urban environment – Urban Greenhouse Challenge: Reforest. The competition is held as part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of Tomsk Polytechnic University and will take place from October 2020 to June 2021.

It is the first time when a Russian university takes over the baton from the Dutch academic partners and opens the Urban Greenhouse Challenge: Reforest. Tomsk Polytechnic University is delighted to invite the students and the experts of all CLUSTER universities to participate in the competition and contribute to the rapid reforestation. Prize fund is $10 000.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Challenge will be held online.

Learn more on the website

The registration is open until 28 February 2021.

Postdoc Career Programme at TU Darmstadt – Calls are open

As one of the leading universities of technology, located in Rhine-Main-Area in the heart of Germany, Technical University of Darmstadt offers a stimulating and cooperative research environment for young researchers. Our Postdoc Career Programmes are directed at international doctoral students in the final stage of doctorate and international postdocs looking for a second postdoc.

TU Darmstadt ongoing calls Career Bridging Grants and ´Future Talent´ Guest Stay Grants are open until closing date 15th of November, 2020.

Learn more: Announcements for Postdocs at TU Darmstadt.

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 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.


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 ( at Aalto Ventures Program.