ENLIGHT, an alliance of European universities, received support from the European Commission under its European Universities initiative. The initiative is a part of the Erasmus+ program and aims to support the emergence of “European universities” by 2024. These "Super-universities" will enable students to obtain higher education/degrees by combining courses in several EU Member States. ENLIGHT is currently envisaged to operate for 3 years but the goal is to prolong its functioning for 7 more years.
9 UNIVERSITIES, 1 ENLIGHT
ENLIGHT unites nine universities from nine European countries across the whole of Europe: University of Ghent (Belgium), University of Bordeaux (France), University of Uppsala (Sweden), University of Groningen (Netherlands), University of the Basque Country (Spain), University of Göttingen (Germany), the National University of Ireland in Galway, the University of Tartu (Estonia) and Comenius University Bratislava. The Alliance plans to engage actively with the cities and regions of its members as important Associated Partners of the network.
COOPERATION WITHOUT BARRIERS
The ENLIGHT Super-university will facilitate free movement of students and staff among its nine partner institutions. It will also make it possible to share resources, structures of quality assurance, international outreach and global engagement, talent recruitment and investment in joint research infrastructure. The Alliance was set up to help build the foundations of an integrated European system of higher education. The long-term vision is to establish ENLIGHT as an integrated European University System with no barriers for learning, teaching and cooperating by 2030.
WHAT CAN ENLIGHT DO FOR ME?
- virtual courses, webinars, Living Labs, short-term programmes, student networking and mobility funds
- the opportunity of mobility to any of the nine partner universities without being overwhelmed by the paperwork or discouraged by complicated credit recognition
- the chance to study towards joint and double degrees (e.g. Master in political science and in economics) - at partner universities you will be able to study various subjects and receive sufficient credits to obtain both degrees
- increase language proficiency
- mobility programs
- peer review cycles
- cooperation in educational activities (teachers from different universities teaching the same course )
ENLIGHT plans to develop new models and methodologies of education and research to address global challenges. The project explores the complex sustainability issues that cities and communities face today, focusing attention on the following five flagship areas:
- Health and well-being,
- Digital revolution and Impact of digitalisation,
- Climate change,
- Energy and Circular economy,
For now, the ENLIGHT team is implementing the following 6 actions of this three-year plan: common quality approach (enabling the recognition of documents, credits and degrees among ENLIGHT universities and automatic recognition of study periods across ENLIGHT as the basis of a European University System), joint understanding of challenges and approaches towards their resolution (all partners sharing in the acquired knowledge and experience), broader competencies in training of students and staff (to better respond to current world challenges), innovative tools (new approaches in education and research), global outreach tools (connecting students, researchers and staff with regional stakeholders) and impact assessment (assessing ENLIGHT network achievements).
Comenius University is represented in ENLIGHT by Vice-Rector for International Relations Jozef Tancer and Milan Remiš, Head of the European Programmes and Erasmus+ Department. There is an ENLIGHT Student Network and a Student Board that consist of student representatives of all the participating universities. Each Student Board is connected through the U4 Student Network so students are not only the main beneficiaries but co-creators of ENLIGHT. Our representative in the student network is Viliam Ostatník, a PhD student at the Faculty of Arts of Comenius University.
The Regional Academy of Comenius University
The ENLIGHT project has inspired Comenius University in Bratislava to create a new functional body – the Regional Academy of Comenius University.
The Regional Academy is a flexible institutionalized platform for professional dialogue between academia and external actors, which will enable an innovative model of partnership with the local community, entities and other partners. Cooperation with regional partners will embody in the form of regular dialogues, consisting of the organization of joint activities such as panel discussions, webinars, smaller meetings of interested parties, practice-oriented lectures, expert consultations, etc. The involvement of any student, researcher or administrative staff member of the university is possible, as well as open opportunities are presented for all the external partners willing to cooperate with our university. As of now, over 30 organizations were invited to participate and the first Memorandums of Cooperation are to be signed in the near future.
ENLIGHT Kick_Off Week
From 1 until 5 March 2021 the ENLIGHT European University organizes its official kick-off week. During the kick-off week ENLIGHT offers a fully online programme, comprising work sessions, public lecture sessions on the ENLIGHT focus areas and evening events, each hosted by one of the nine ENLIGHT partners. Join one of our virtual coffee breaks and meet one of your fellow ENLIGHT colleagues, get to know more about ENLIGHT projects in our showcase sessions and post your ideas on one of the message boards!
The kick-off week brings together academics, experts and students of all ENLIGHT universities, as well as renowned external speakers from various fields.
For more information about ENLIGHT, visit the official website of the alliance or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.