Courses for students

Global Engagement Module: Become a global citizen

ilustračný obrázok - piati študenti sedia za jedným stolom a spolu sa učia a diskutujú

Do you have a pioneering spirit? Then embark on one of the new Global Engagement modules developed by ENLIGHT. Take part in this pioneering adventure, coming up in Spring 2023!

All mayor challenges we face today - from the climate crisis and energy transition to the digital revolution, public health and the need to build equitable societies, are indisputably issues that affect our whole planet and can only be dealt with effectively on a world scale. Each of these challenges goes well beyond the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines. The sum of specific skills and competencies, however important, does not suffice to tackle such issues.

If we want tomorrow’s academics to be truly globally engaged, they need to be equipped with the right mind-set and generic competencies and skills. This means to identify not as a member of a state, a tribe, or a nation, but instead as a member of the human race, looking beyond the narrow scope of national or personal interests. A globally engaged academic understands and appreciates different perspectives and world views, and interacts successfully and respectfully with others, in order to take responsible action toward sustainability and collective well-being.

Of course, such skills and competencies cannot be acquired easily and at short notice. They require many years of dedication and experience. Nevertheless, the Global Engagement Module has the ambitious goal to lay the first foundations for student’s global citizenship and careers. It aims to create awareness and show the way to succeed in an increasingly global and dynamic world. By doing so, it aspires to fill a need overlooked by most traditional academic programmes.

The Global Engagement module will fully exploit ENLIGHT’s huge diversity potential. Alongside an appreciation of diversity and strong belief in inclusion, the educational vision of this programme draws on activation of students and the provision of personalized feedback, both among students and by the teaching staff. In practice, teaching methods will include challenge-based learning, interdisciplinarity and peer learning and -assessment.

Learning outcomes

• acquire knowledge about the world and other cultures,

• master skills to understand the world and take action,

• develop attitudes of openness & valuing human dignity and diversity.

The course consists of 3 major themes that will be explored at three different universities: Public Health (Groningen); Migration and Society (Ghent); and Climate Change (Göttingen).

How to apply

This course is open to 2nd and 3rd year Bachelor students. Applicants should submit a one-page cover letter and CV in English and send them by 15.10.2022 to the following e-mail addresses (please use both): sara.smidovauniba.sk, enlightuniba.sk. Extra-curricular activities and activities outside teaching are an important part of the selection criteria and should be mentioned in the CV. Please note that in the case of a large number of applications, we may additionally require a recommendation from the department and a grade point average.

Funding: Erasmus+ grant (70€/day). We recommend to use the Green Travel option - the applicant will receive a travel grant (50€ + two days for travel).

For more information in English visit: 
https://enlight-eu.org/students/enlight-courses/item/85-global-engagement-module-2023

IT for non-IT students

AI for non-IT students is open for MA students of ENLIGHT. Participants will gain knowledge that will allow them to determine whether a problem can be solved by means of AI; also, to identify limitations and prerequisites regarding AI powered services/products.

 

Content

The course is led by the University of the Basque Country (Spain) and will be delivered in a blended format and by several ENLIGHT universities. It will first provide several weeks of virtual training, including pre-recorded lectures, assignments and readings. This will be followed by a one-week, on-site training in Donostia / San Sebastián. The course will combine theoretical knowledge with practical exercises and group work.

The course will be comprised of pre-recorded lectures, online assignments, individual readings. During the on-site week, the students will have practical exercises on the topics covered, discussions, group work, as well as online and physical meetings with companies and start-ups using the artificial intelligence.

Learning outcomes

Participants will grasp basic principles of statistical data processing, machine learning techniques, artificial intelligence deep learning methods; they will also develop competence to build data analysis chains from standard libraries and Open Source SW.

Students will discuss the main concepts of computational intelligence related to artificial neural networks, probabilistic computation, reinforcement learning, fuzzy systems and evolutionary computation.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to determine whether a problem can be solved by means of AI; also, to identify limitations and prerequisites regarding AI powered services/products. Additionally, students will gain some experience in formalizing problems.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a one-page cover letter and CV in English and send them by 7.11.2022 to the following e-mail addresses (please use both): sara.smidovauniba.sk, enlightuniba.sk. Extra-curricular activities and activities outside teaching are an important part of the selection criteria and should be mentioned in the CV. Please note that in the case of a large number of applications, we may additionally require a recommendation from the department and a grade point average.

Funding: Erasmus+ grant (70€/day). We recommend to use the Green Travel option - the applicant will receive a travel grant (50€ + two days for travel).

For more information visit: https://enlight-eu.org/students/enlight-courses/item/95-ai-for-non-it-students#about-the-course

Regional Innovation Systems (RIS) for sustainable development

Are you interested in sustainable development and the complex issues it faces? Do you want to explore these challenges and develop your ideas for regional innovation systems in a group of like-minded students from different European universities? Are you studying geography, political science, economics, sociology or philosophy at Master level? Do you want to go on short-term mobility? Then don't hesitate and apply for the course Regional Innovation Systems (RIS) for sustainable development

About the course

European regions and their innovation systems are facing a major challenge affecting their current and future regional innovation capacity: How to manage the transition towards more environmentally sustainable modes of production and consumption? Universities play a central role in addressing these challenges by focusing on research topics in this area and by providing students with important competences, transferring knowledge and collaborating with non-academic regional stakeholders.

Since the comprehensive adaption of a systemic understanding of innovation processes with a particular focus on place-based approaches in science and policy in the early 2000s, many scholars on the intersection between economics, geography, planning sciences, sociology and political sciences and others have started to develop inter disciplinary frameworks and assessed regional institutional arrangements. Albeit numerous diverging perspectives on several aspects and a strong focus on the regional level, they share that the broader political frame plays a crucial role. Policy learning, exchange of experiences and inter and transdisciplinary approaches represent promising trajectories for refinement of existing knowledge transfer structures.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a one-page cover letter and CV in English and send them by 10.11.2022 to the following e-mail addresses (please use both): sara.smidovauniba.sk, enlightuniba.sk. Extra-curricular activities and activities outside teaching are an important part of the selection criteria and should be mentioned in the CV. Please note that in the case of a large number of applications, we may additionally require a recommendation from the department and a grade point average.

Funding: Erasmus+ grant (70€/day). We recommend to use the Green Travel option - the applicant will receive a travel grant (50€ + two days for travel). 

For more information visit: https://enlight-eu.org/students/enlight-courses/item/90-regional-innovation-systems-ris-for-sustainable-development#about-the-course

Online Language Courses

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ENLIGHT partner universities have prepared online language courses for students, which will take place in the academic year 2022/2023. Students from all nine ENLIGHT universities have the same conditions. If you are interested in any of the courses listed below, feel free to apply now!

In order to get the same rate as the local students, please use the e-mail address of your home university to register! This way universities know you are an ENLIGHT student.

In case of high interest, your participation in the course may be refused due to lack of places for international students.

Dutch for speakers of other languages

Host: Ghent University
Level: A1, A2
Price: 235€
Contact: uctugent.be 

More information about course You will find at: https://enlight-eu.org/students/enlight-courses/item/92-online-language-courses

English Language Courses

Host: Comenius University
Price: free of charge (the course if fully booked)
Contact: ivana.jurikovauniba.sk

More information about course You will find at: https://enlight-eu.org/students/enlight-courses/item/92-online-language-courses

Host: Ghent University
Level: B1, B2
Price: 180€
Contact: uctugent.be 
More information about course You will find at: https://enlight-eu.org/students/enlight-courses/item/92-online-language-courses

Host: National University of Galway
Level: English for Academic Purposes
Price: 3050€ +70€ materials
Contact: eganmnuigalway.ie 
More information about course You will find at: https://enlight-eu.org/students/enlight-courses/item/92-online-language-courses

Practical French

Host: Ghent University
Level: B1, B2
Price: 180€
Contact: uctugent.be 
More information about course You will find at: https://enlight-eu.org/students/enlight-courses/item/92-online-language-courses

Irish Course

Host: National University of Galway
Level: begginer
Price: -
Contact: peigi.nioibicinoegaillimh.ie 
More information about course You will find at: https://enlight-eu.org/students/enlight-courses/item/92-online-language-courses

Spanish Language courses

Host: University of Basque Country
Level: begginer, intermediate, advanced
Price: free of charge
Contact: cursosidiomasehu.eus 
More information about course You will find at: https://enlight-eu.org/students/enlight-courses/item/92-online-language-courses

Host: Ghent University
Level: A1, A2
Price: 180€
Contact: uctugent.be 
More information about course You will find at: https://enlight-eu.org/students/enlight-courses/item/92-online-language-courses

Slovak language courses

Host: Comenius University
Level: begginer
Price: 430€
Contact: marianna.hricovacdv.uniba.sk 
More information about course You will find at: https://enlight-eu.org/students/enlight-courses/item/92-online-language-courses

Host: Comenius University
Level: Basic everyday communication skills for beginners
Price: free of charge
Contact: marianna.hricovacdv.uniba.skhttps://www.e-slovak.sk/ 
More information about course You will find at: https://enlight-eu.org/students/enlight-courses/item/92-online-language-courses

Multilingual communication

Host: Comenius University
Price: free of charge
Contact: vyskrabkova2uniba.sk 
More information about course You will find at: https://enlight-eu.org/students/enlight-courses/item/92-online-language-courses

Practical Portuguese

Host: Ghent University
Level: A1
Price: 180€
Contact: uctugent.be 
More information about course You will find at: https://enlight-eu.org/students/enlight-courses/item/92-online-language-courses

Practical Italian

Host: Ghent University
Level: A1, A2
Price: 180€
Contact: uctugent.be 
More information about course You will find at: https://enlight-eu.org/students/enlight-courses/item/92-online-language-courses

Chinese language for Total Beginners

Host: Comenius University
Level: Beginners
Price: free of charge
Contact: dana.pekarikovauniba.sk 
More information about course You will find at: https://enlight-eu.org/students/enlight-courses/item/92-online-language-courses

Teaching for global citizenship in European classrooms

Fotografia diskutujúcich študentov

The course aims to prepare student teachers to address challenges related to global citizenship in their future classroom.

Content

In the perspective of current and future challenges in European classrooms, this course will discuss two challenges related to global citizenship in education: (1) dealing with diversity in education and (2) inclusive education. The course will introduce the method of challenge-based learning as an engaging multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that encourages students to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve challenges related to diversity and inclusive education.

The course starts with (1) an online pre-programme (13 - 31 March) in which students are introduced to Global Citizenship in education. Subsequently, students from the same university engage in online group discussions about global citizenship challenges their educational system faces. They work out a group presentation about the educational system in their region and the challenges they face regarding global citizenship.

In a (2) second phase, students physically come together at Ghent University (24 - 29 April) and follow a 5-day on-site programme with a social and academic focus. During these 5 days, students try to gain insight into the concept of Global Citizenship through the method of Challenge-based education. Concretely, students will participate in group assignments and workshops, will attend guest lectures on Global Citizenship and will visit a museum and school that is currently facing (and tackling) issues in the field of Global Citizenship.

In a (3) third phase, students write a short portfolio of about 2 pages (deadline 29 May), reflecting on what they have learned during their 5-day on-site stay at Ghent University.

How to apply

Applicants (students of education study programmes) should submit a one-page cover letter and CV in English and send them by 1.11.2022 to the following e-mail addresses (please use both): sara.smidovauniba.sk, enlightuniba.sk. Extra-curricular activities and activities outside teaching are an important part of the selection criteria and should be mentioned in the CV. Please note that in the case of a large number of applications, we may additionally require a recommendation from the department and a grade point average.

Funding: Erasmus+ grant (70€/day). We recommend to use the Green Travel option - the applicant will receive a travel grant (50€ + two days for travel).

For more information visit: https://enlight-eu.org/index.php/students/enlight-courses/item/86-teaching-for-global-citizenship-in-european-classrooms-a-challenge-based-approach#about-the-course

Academic Democracy (2023/2024)

ilustračný obrázok: študenti sediaci na schodoch s knihami

The Academic Democracy LivingLab addresses the participation of students in European academic life and involves them in a process of designing and producing an educational resource on academic democracy.

Content

This course is conceived as a pedagogical device of learner-teacher co-construction, according to an inquiry-training method. As a student of this course, you mobilize, reinforce and/or acquire skills in social science inquiry methodology, institutional systems analysis, sociological analysis, education and training sciences, training and pedagogical engineering.

It is based on the following pedagogical objectives:

• to know, analyze and compare the different regimes of academic democracy of the institutions of the ENLIGHT network.

• to understand the factors that promote or hinder student participation

• to identify good practices and to imagine ways of improvement and new devices

• to conceive an educational resource for the students from this material.

Funding: Erasmus+ grant (70€/day). We recommend to use the Green Travel option - the applicant will receive a travel grant (50€ + two days for travel).

For more information visit: https://enlight-eu.org/index.php/students/enlight-courses/item/82-academic-democracy-living-lab#about-the-course

Student Housing (Registration closed)

ilustračný obrázok: interiér internátu, ktorý vzniká na základe spolupráce medzi študentmi a odborníkmi na univerzite v Bordeaux

Sustainable and Experimental Student Housing Living Lab

Student housing is at the heart of present and future societal issues. It must meet the generic requirements of sustainable building standards (energy performance, space evolutivity, life cycle, building and maintenance decarbonization, water and energy management, urban densification…), adapt to the evolving educational formats (remote work and classes, hybrid attendance), and anticipate the new ways of living as the transition from student to young professional status lengthens.

Content

In this course, we use the “BKinACT living lab” as a study case to challenge students to design creative technological and housing solutions that can be adapted to the various contexts of ENLIGHT partner universities, thanks to the students’ achievements in acquiring and integrating transdisciplinary skills.

The prototype is currently in its second stage of design before the beginning of manufacturing, which makes the Enlight programme students’ contributions all the more interesting for the proposal of various solutions to the challenge.

•The course consists of lectures provided by local and international partners of the ENLIGHT network, as well as external experts spanning key aspects related to building sustainability, innovation, and student housing challenges.

•Each lecture is associated with a mini-challenge to keep the students engaged during the remote sessions and build up knowledge in preparation for the immersive week in Bordeaux.

•Students work together in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams to come up with transversal solutions regarding experimental and sustainable student housing.

•The immersive week will mark the final stretch for the challenge-based learning experience, as the students will be able to visit the living lab’s site, meet with local experts to nuance their answers to the challenge, and deepen the social ties within the team.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a one-page cover letter and CV in English and send them by 19.9.2022 to the following e-mail addresses (please use both): sara.smidovauniba.sk, enlightuniba.sk. Extra-curricular activities and activities outside teaching are an important part of the selection criteria and should be mentioned in the CV. Please note that in the case of a large number of applications, we may additionally require a recommendation from the department and a grade point average.

Funding: Erasmus+ grant (70€/day). We recommend to use the Green Travel option - the applicant will receive a travel grant (50€ + two days for travel).

For more information visit: https://enlight-eu.org/index.php/students/enlight-courses/item/88-sustainable-and-experimental-student-housing-living-lab

 

 

 

Designing Research on Different Dimensions of Equity (Registration closed)

ilustračný obrázok, množstvo fotografií ľudí rôznej národnosti a farby pleti

Do you think equal does not always mean equal? Or, to put it differently, that treating people the same can be a source of injustice? This is where the concept of equity comes in, meaning that people get what they need and deserve. Do you want to learn more about how to measure equity? Are you interested in different aspects of life where equality and equity – or the absence thereof – is often at stake? Think for example of cultural and other forms of diversity, of economic inequality or inequality in health. Interested? Then join us in this interdisciplinary course.

Content

The course will provide an analysis of the challenges associated with equity, diversity and inclusion in the regional contexts of five ENLIGHT partners from various disciplinary angles, including psychology, educational sciences, economics, political science and medicine. Students will learn how to design observational and experimental research dealing with an equity-related subtopic of their own choice. Students will be guided by a variety of examples of equity-related topics as well as by lectures about quantitative and qualitative research methods that are needed to design research on equity-related issues. These will (among other topics) include lectures on economic inequality and/or health disparities, social-psychological perspectives on equity, diversity, inclusion, and on how to conduct cross-cultural research. The aim of the course is to involve students in the whole research design process which will help them to develop further their disciplinary and transversal skills.

How to apply

This course is eligible for master students from the Universities of Groningen, Ghent, Göttingen, Basque Country and Comenius University. Students will be selected at each of these universities separately. Please, enclose your CV and a motivation letter.
Contact: andrej.findorfses.uniba.sk
Deadline: 8th Sept. 2022

Funding: no funding 

For more information visit: https://enlight-eu.org/index.php/students/enlight-courses/item/78-equity

Teacher Education Plus: Intercultural Competences (Registration closed)

ilustračný obrázok: zošit v ktorom je napísaná abeceda. pri zošite sú položené farbičky

Future teachers exchange ideas and experiences through interactive methods and guided discussions on the topic of intercultural competence at school

Content

In this seminar, future teachers from Göttingen meet students of a partner university in the online classroom. They exchange ideas and experiences through interactive methods and guided discussions on the topic of intercultural competence at school. Further, they can gather virtual intercultural experiences. In between the video conferences, they exchange information via an online platform and reflect on their experiences in an online portfolio.

How to apply

Applicants should submit a one-page cover letter and CV in English and send them by 28.7.2022 to the following e-mail addresses (please use both): sara.smidovauniba.sk, enlightuniba.sk. Extra-curricular activities and activities outside teaching are an important part of the selection criteria and should be mentioned in the CV. Please note that in the case of a large number of applications, we may additionally require a recommendation from the department and a grade point average.

Funding: Erasmus+ grant (70€/day). We recommend to use the Green Travel option - the applicant will receive a travel grant (50€ + two days for travel).

For more information visit: https://enlight-eu.org/index.php/students/enlight-courses/item/83-teacher-education-plus-intercultural-competences#about-the-course

Urban Mining (Registration closed)

ilustračný obrázok, taška s nápisom reuse a obrázkom zemegule, okolo nej sú suché listy

The EU increasingly works with missions for the large societal goals we want to achieve. The Circular Economy Package consists of an EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy that establishes a concrete and ambitious programme of action, with measures covering the whole life cycle of products: from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials. In this course we will use the ecosystem of the metropolis of Bordeaux within the region of New Aquitaine as an example and study first the key drivers for the transition to a circular economy: Why would we want to have Urban Mining? What is a Circular City? Subsequently, we will investigate interventions that can help in terms of in-use stocks, circularity metrics, life cycle thinking, sustainable development goals, etc. Based on the drivers the goals will be set, looking at the technology solutions the overall approach will be developed. Hence, what remains at the end of the program is to integrate the legal, economic and societal aspects in one proposal for a circular city that actually reduces its wastes and reuses and recycles natural resources by urban mining.

Content

In this course we want to teach and develop jointly with the students the building blocks necessary to address a complex problem, that is the urban mining in the transition to a circular economy at city and regional level, and to provide a defined contribution.

• The course consisting of lectures provided by international partners of the ENLIGHT network and external experts spanning key aspects related to urban mining and the transition to a circular economy

• Students work together in teams to create a proposal including technological and financial solutions but also covering cultural, social, legal and economic considerations.

• During one immersion week, students will work in teams to start the development of the case study.

•Later: Knowledge enhanced by lectures, speed dating and working groups

•At the end: Prepare a group and a personal report and make a final online presentation.

Funding: Erasmus+ grant (70€/day). We recommend to use the Green Travel option - the applicant will receive a travel grant (50€ + two days for travel).

For more information visit: https://enlight-eu.org/index.php/students/enlight-courses/item/79-urban-mining-short-programme