As a university with a technical and natural science profile NTNU is enthusiastic to be part of ENHANCE, bringing together a unique consortium of technical universities and associated partners. We look forward to develop joint offers and initiatives within education, research and innovation that will benefit our students, staff, partners and society at large.
Rector at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU
We have set ourselves ambitious goals and I am convinced that the European University Initiative will elevate our cooperation with partners to a new level. We are already working closer together than ever before. Mobility, whether digital or analog, is as important as ever and we are determined to establish the best conditions to enhance the mobility of our students and staff within our network
Prof. Dr. Angela Ittel
Vice President for Strategic Development, Junior Scholars and Teacher Education TU Berlin
When developing the ENHANCE alliance we were not aware of challenges we are facing these days. But challenges create opportunities. We have an unique opportunity to demonstrate that universities – working together – can play a key role in shaping the post-COVID-19 world. Society-centred education based on the European values: democracy, human rights, the rule of law etc. – the key concept of our alliance – has never been so important as today when some groups attempt to use the crisis to ignite a new wave of nationalism and populism. With limited opportunities offered now by Erasmus+ and other mobility programmes, providing students with innovative structures for internationalisation of teaching and learning, such as our One-Campus concept, is therefore crucial.
Prof. Andrzej Krasniewski
Coordinator of ENHANCE Society-centred Education Work Package
Digital transformation has become a reality, also at universities. The current world situation shows how important the ability to react quickly to changes in our environment is. The implementation of innovative teachning methods, including distance learning, in various forms (e-learning, MOOC’s, open science), becomes a priority of activities and a significant support for internationalization, usually understood as students trips abroad like Erasmus. International educational programs implemented on-line have been tested by WUT for many years and will be developed faster with ENHANCE partners. However, distance learning does not solve the social aspect, the need to build interpersonal relations – this is a challenge for today’s world and ENHANCE project.
Kinga Kurowska-Wilczyńska, PhD. Eng.
Innovative teaching methods, distance learning, Polish MOOC platform
ENHANCE will connect European universities to address key challenges of our times such as sustainable cities, climate action, and digitalisation at European level. His educational program (through the proposed European Education Pathways) is based on European values, with a strong focus on diversity, empowering talents from diverse backgrounds, and promoting the use of technology and bottom-up co-creation. I am sure that the exchange and cooperation will be beneficial for all members of the participating institutions and for the society in general.
Professor, UPV (Tech. Univ. of Valencia)
ENHANCE has the great potential to connect European universities much better than before. I am sure that the exchange and cooperation will be beneficial for all members of the participating institutions.
Students will be able to participate responsibly in
shaping their projects and thus respond to individual needs. I hope that more people will be able to take part
in the important challenges such as sustainability and digitisation at European level and also to realise
their own potential.
Student at the TU Berlin
We as students of RWTH are looking forward to the opportunities that the ENHANCE alliance will bring. ENHANCE promises to connect students of some of Europe’s finest universities, creating a more diverse study environment and ensuring greater interdisciplinary mobility among all possible fields of study.
Master student RWTH Aachen
We at RWTH Aachen University are excited to kick off the ENHANCE project together with our partners. ENHANCE will accelerate our development as an institution, as a network and that of the European education area as a whole towards more cooperation, mobility, inclusion and social cohesion in Europe.
Prof. Ute Habel
Vicerector for International Affairs RWTH Aachen University
From UPV we are convinced that the participation in the new project of European Universities ENHANCE is going to suppose a turning point regarding the internationalization of the UPV. With ENHANCE it will open up new possibilities for collaboration and it will allow us to strengthen the excellent collaborations that we have been maintaining with the different partners.
The implementation of ENHANCE is going to be a European reference model for both teaching and research that will translate into unquestionable improvements for the productive sector and ultimately
By joining the efforts of the different ENHANCE university communities, a consortium is created that is truly very strong at a European level with a well-defined exit point and that will allow us to advance to projects with no other limit than collaboration opportunities.
We will work hard to ensure the success of ENHANCE and we will be strongly committed to achieving all the challenges envisaged at this initial stage.
Juan Miguel Martínez-Rubio
Vice-rector Chief of Rector’s cabinet
After more than thirty years as University professor, someone could think that everything is already done in my career. However, to just have the opportunity of be involved on European initiatives as promising as ENHANCE, give me additional hopes and strength to stay in the frontline.
These last weeks showed us that by using technology properly, education can be enhanced. However, as instructor I consider one of the big challenges is that nobody in our institutions remains disconnected. Future may seem uncertain now, but I’m truly convinced that joining forces and knowhow coming from the different partner technical Universities, we will succeed.
José V. Benlloch-Dualde
Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de València
My role in the project is primarily concerned with aspects related to innovation and startup creation. I am especially interested in the activities concerning the creation of a network of mentors within the universities involved in the project. I also specialize in education for startups.
Professor at Warsaw University of Technology (Poland)
A campus is a place where you learn, teach and live together. A place to do research together. A place where new ideas are born that change our world with a lasting effect. With ENHANCE, the place Campus obtains a European face with all facets of the partners involved, in order to experience what Europe is, what distinguishes it and what it can become.
Prof. Henning Meyer
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, TU Berlin
If it is true that 1 + 1 is not 2, then 1 * 7 is much more than 7
ENHANCE in an inspiring programme that has already helped in bringing people together to face new challenges. It will lead us to a great growth of opportunities for our universities. Sharing ideas between student representatives and staff of 7 top European technology universities and thinking about the future of education and research has been incredibly enriching and challenging.
Student Representative in the Board of Governors POLIMI
Emphasis on individual student-centered approach and on teams and communities directly and indirectly connected to society-centered university.
Treating students as partners, not clients in mutual learning and personal development processes.
Constant searching for new competences needed in the contemporary, dynamically developing world.
Basing the education process on real experiences, implemented by working on real challenges of the modern world, country and local community.
Expanding and exploring the competences of both the educators and the students in the field of innovative forms of education, especially regarding competences acquired online.
Piotr Pałka, Ph.D.
Participation in ENHANCE project is of crucial importance for the Warsaw University of Technology. It is a chance for a real breakthrough in the internationalization of our University and a welcome opportunity for considerable advancement in our education processes. ENHANCE is a reason to be proud of and a big challenge for WUT.
From my personal point of view, ENHANCE preparatory meetings were a unique occasion to meet fantastic people committed to the idea of European University.
Prof. Rajmund Bacewicz. Vice-Rector for Research
Warsaw University of Technology
We have had a dream for many years: sharing people, competences, resources and infrastructures with our key partners in Europe overcoming national borders. ENHANCE will make this dream true. Even more, not expected before, joining forces with other technical universities in this crucial period will contribute to sustain the European recovery after Covid-19.
Prof. Stefano Ronchi
Rector’s Delegate for International Affairs POLIMI
To strengthen the cooperation of students from all of the associated universities, I initialized the creation of Student Forum. As a part of it, I worked on an initiative called ENHANCE Transdisciplinary Project Catalyst. I am looking forward to producing other student-based projects.
Student Warsaw University of Technology
Having the chance to meet, discuss and cooperate with students from other countries and other institutions is valuable in many ways. To see education, research and innovation in a different context and with a new perspective makes us reflect over how we do things back home and how we can change and develop.
Leader of the student union at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU
I strongly believe that the implementation of the ENHANCE project will not only contribute to the development of scientific cooperation between partner universities, but above all to the development of an open information society in Europe. I hope that the implementation of the project will create interdisciplinary, international teams creating solutions to the real needs of smart city citizens.
Our joint project will contribute to the activation of residents, international cooperation, and finally to the implementation of scientific challenges in the spirit of citizen science. In our project, we would like to stimulate residents to voluntary data collection, processing, local community development, science and society cooperation and the use of artificial intelligence in favour of residents and society.
In my opinion, the contemporary challenge of the Internet of Things era is the creation of a “digital agora” that facilitates (and analytically supports) not only social debate, but equally the discourse on participatory democracy.
To render this process more effective, it is essential to achieve synergy between the analyses of “hard” and “soft” data and to process them together by means of advanced artificial intelligence, machine learning and data mining algorithms. A holistic approach to the issue of gathering and processing Internet of Things data with the participation of a local community creates a “digital agora”, a platform for participatory science debate.
Prof. Robert Olszewski
Warsaw University of Technology