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Do you want to work on relevant societal problems, while acquiring new knowledge and skills at the same time? We opened several exciting challenges for professionals and lifelong learners. 

We invite you to join multidisciplinary and international teams. ECIU University challenges are provided by business and public organizations across Europe and to tackle very important problems in the local, national and global levels.



  • work on the solution of socially significant issues.
  • gain experience of open community culture and agile ways of working.


  • gain insight and perspectives from experts and learners from different European countries.
  • join a network of people with the diverse backgrounds and expertise.


  • acquire or deepen the knowledge in the area you are interested in. 
  • practice critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork and entrepreneurship skills. 
  • experience work with different cultures at the international environment.


If you are a professional resident in one of the ECIU member’s countries with a Bachelor Degree and you have a curious personality, you are the perfect fit for our ECIU challenges.  All lifelong learners that are eager to create value in an area of interest and want to have an innovative experience can join our challenges. 

A good command of English is necessary as all challenges are held in English due to the international environment.


Our challenges are provided by a city, region, business or public stakeholder and are presented on the ECIU University Challenge platform. Challenges can vary in length, from a one or two-day challenge, for example, a hackathon, a challenge that lasts four to eight weeks. Any participation is free of charge.

  1. You can register to the Challenge platform and then apply to those challenges open to professionals and lifelong learners. 
  2. After the approval of your application, international or/and multidisciplinary teams are formed and include other professionals, learners and a team facilitator.
  3. The team works with the challenge provider, engages and investigates the challenge, and proposes solutions using the challenge-based learning methodology.
  4. Finally, teams deliver their proposed solutions further – which may include services, products, research questions, start-ups and spin-offs.
  5. After successful completion of the challenge, the learner receives a Certificate of Participation.


Open for professionals and life long learners

Closed for application
From Farm to Fork

The grand topic of the challenge is distribution and delivery of local agricultural production to help small farmers and allow a healthy lifestyle for the population.

Sustainable Cities and Communities
Closed for application
International 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 international talent and skilled professionals. However, locating and attracting the right talent is just half of the work, cities also need strategies for retaining international talent

Quality Education, Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Partnerships for the Goals
Closed for application
ECIU Creathon: Viable communities of a post-Covid world

Looking for an amazing experience, together with your fellow students and friends? This is your chance! Viable communities offers you an event, where you meet interesting companies, can think of new ways to deal with their challenges and have lots of fun! Will you be joining on the 13 & 14th of November?

Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Climate Action, Partnerships for the Goals, Affordable and Clean Energy
Closed for application
Cooperative model for improved living conditions

This challenge deals with the cooperation of local companies and local governments as well as regional administrators to improve the living and working conditions of citizens and employees.

Sustainable Cities and Communities, Good Health and Well-being, Partnerships for the Goals, Decent Work and Economic Growth
Open for application
Helping small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in international trade to determine and reduce their indirect carbon emission along the supply chain

According to Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG), scope 3 emission includes all the indirect activities that occurs in company’s supply chain (logistic, business travels, purchased goods and services etc.). The scope 3 emission are also usually larger than the scope 1 (direct) and scope 2 (purchased energy) emission for many companies that are in the international trade businesses. At the moment, there are no clear guidelines for SMEs on how to determine and calculate their scope 3 emission.

Affordable and Clean Energy


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