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Welcome to the ECIU University Challenge platform!

The ECIU University is the first European university where learners, teachers and researchers cooperate with society and businesses to solve real-life challenges. Together, we create, test and evaluate a whole new educational pedagogy.

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Real-life challenges are worth solving because of economic or societal leverage, they also provide a stimulating environment for in depth learning, experimenting with problem-solving skills and innovative competences to develop practical solutions.

ECIU University provides the opportunity for challenge-based learning in a multidisciplinary international setting, imagine the possibilities!

Choose your path

ECIU University for you

I am a learner

Choose a challenge that intrigues you and you get paired up with others that also thrive for the challenge.

All challenges

I am an interested partner

With an interest to develop a challenge and get to work on that challenge with a special team of students

Let's connect

If you're an interested visitor keen to learn more about the results of our ECIU approach, please register and feel free to peep.

Featured challenges

Choose a project that intrigues you

Closed for application
Creating societal business models for new Energy Gardens

Solar energy plays a key role in the transition towards a fully sustainable energy society. One of the options is to develop fields with solar panels.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Affordable and Clean Energy
Closed for application
Big Data in care

Data streams are increasing tremendously. This is also valid in Care. Think of data from the regular ICT systems (financial, use of care, personal care files, analysis of care results), but also location and sensor data of employees and patients, external websites and numerous open data sources.

Good Health and Well-being
Closed for application
Sustainable substitute for plastic cups for large scale events

During festivals and events, visitors enjoy drinking beverages. Most of the time, plastic cups are used. These one-way cups are hygienic, lightweight and safe. But it also causes a huge amount of plastic waste.

Responsible Consumption and Production, Sustainable Cities and Communities
Closed for application
Creative solutions for building rainwater management

Using today's waste to prevent global waste forever: that is our mission.

Clean Water and Sanitation, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action
Closed for application
New concepts for Mobility hubs including train stations in city centres

Railway station and their surroundings transform in more than ‘just’ the physical place you to a train. They are growing into multimodal, innovative hubs where mobility, meetings, work and life are facilitated.

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities
Closed for application
New value propositions for future proof housing

How can we design, produce, market and maintain future proof housing buildings?

Life On Land, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action
Closed for application
Developing a both ecological and business wise sustainable mounting frame for solar panels

The solar panels are mounted on frames. These frames are made of Zinc coated steel. Our assumption is that this is not the best solution in terms of ecology, sustainability and businesswise. But we are not sure.

Responsible Consumption and Production, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Affordable and Clean Energy
Closed for application
Talent retention in City of Tampere

The competition for talent is rapidly intensifying. Cities and regions are taking active steps to enhance their attractiveness to talent and skilled professionals. However, locating and attracting the right talent is just half of the work, cities also need strategies for retaining talent.

Quality Education, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Partnerships for the Goals, Decent Work and Economic Growth
Closed for application
Developing students’ working life meta-skills in university-company cooperation

Universities excel at teaching hard skills. Engineers, Business Majors or Anthropology students alike may feel like they have mastered all the necessary tools upon graduation and are ready to take the next step. However, getting a positive start to the work life and excelling at the workplace demands much more than just ample knowledge of the core subject of every student.

Quality Education, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Partnerships for the Goals, Decent Work and Economic Growth

Interested?

Develop & learn

Where traditional approaches are based on first learn and then apply, ECIU University offers starts from the challenge and helps you to understand the needs, to analyse what knowledge the team is missing to come to a solution and supports the team to acquire the nescessary know-how and competences to come to their solution and a pathway to implement.

Have a look at some of our previous projects or contact one of our teamchers at your nearest ECIU partner University.

Develop & learn


ECIU universities

Participating universities

Linköping University
University of Twente
University of Stavanger
University of Trento
Hamburg University of Technology
Dublin City University
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Tecnológico de Monterrey
Tampere University
Kaunas University of Technology
INSA
University of Aveiro
Aalborg University


Common questions

It’s normal to have questions.

Any questions regarding participation in the challenges? Please write to us: challenges@eciu.org

For your convenience we have listed all frequently asked questions here!

To participate in the ECIU University community, please register

To contribute to a specific challenge, you have to 'apply for a position'  in a project team. Each challenge will have a specific period in which it is open for application.