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.
For more information about the initiative please refer to the following website of the European Commission.
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 (email@example.com) or COO Eeva Sievi (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Technology Academy Finland TAF.
For information on Aalto University’s partnership with the Millennium Technology Prize:
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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.
Affordable Energy Transition: technological solutions and socio-economic constraints
12-25 August 2019
Shanghai Jiaotong University | Zhejiang University Hangzhou
The yearly 2-week Energy PhD School will take place at Shanghai Jiaotong University (SJTU) and Zhejiang University (ZJU) in Hangzhou between 12 and 25 August 2019. The theme of the PhD school this year is “Affordable Energy Transition: technological solutions and socio-economic constraints”. Students will have lectures, excursions and project work in an international working environment where students will come from European Universities as well as Chinese Universities. Expert Professors from Shanghai Jiaotong University, Zhejiang University, KTH Stockholm and TU Eindhoven will give selected high-level lectures on the current and foreseen Sino-European pathways towards a fully renewable energy supply within the context of societal acceptance and economic constraints. Accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner are included for students. Travel to China and transfers from Shanghai to Hangzhou, should be paid by the students or their home departments. The course renders 4.0 ECTS credit points. All CLUSTER students are eligible to the School. Students will be selected based on their application. Please send your application and motivation letter no later than June 30, 2019 to:
Hope to see you in China this year!
Técnico Lisboa, of the University of Lisbon, is pleased to announce that its International Staff Training Week will be held from 7 to 11 October, 2019.
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.
Detailed programme information is available at International Staff Training Week 2019 or download a brochure here. The International 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:
- International Visibility;
- Dynamic Networks and Strategic Partnerships;
- International Student Recruitment Strategies;
- International Events/Fairs @ 2 Campi (Partner Exhibition & World Café);
- 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 email@example.com
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!
Known as one of the most famous University rankings provider, Reuters published at the beginning of April the “Europe’s most innovative universities 2019”. This ranking spotlights the dynamic of CLUSTER by standing out from the crowd some of its members. For the fourth year in a row, KU Leuven (Belgium) trusts the first place of this ranking. To do so, the Belgian university reached astonishing statistics such as:
Among the CLUSTER’s universities, some others universities performed in this ranking such as the EPFL (Switzerland) which reached the 5th place, TU Eindhoven (Netherlands) is ranked 29th, UCL (Belgium) is 43th, close behind is KIT (Germany) 53th to be found, as well as INP Grenoble (France) 62th. UCL (Spain) and TU Darmstadt (Germany) are also in the top 100 with respectively the 75th and the 97th 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 place! These results are a true motivating factor for all members and enhance the renown of CLUSTER.
Aalto University is excited to share a great opportunity for students to learn entrepreneurship in Finland
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also schedule a skype call with Ilja, if Aalto University or Aalto Ventures Program are new entities for you.
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.
The annual General Assembly and the first 2019 Steering Committee of CLUSTER was held at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon from 11th to 12th April.
As part of the General Assembly, addional working group meetings were organized, such as a meeting of Erasmus + coordinators and a meeting of the work group on communication.
Moreover, the Consortium was hosting 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 was 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 were intensively discussed during the Steering Committee.
Additionally, INGDIVIS, an EU project of CLUSTER partners, organized its open international conference.