INGENIUM – a European university network
In July 2019, the European Commission selected the first "European Universities". They are to contribute to the quality, attractiveness and competitiveness of European higher education institutions and make a weighty contribution to a united and strong Europe. With the accompanying program European University Networks (EUN) – national initiative for German universities, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is supporting the European initiative.
Within the scope of this national accompanying program, the DAAD is funding the European higher education alliance INGENIUM with funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The 2021-23 funding period focuses on the collaborative development of transnational teaching programs with digital components.
Successful application of the project BOOSTING INGENIUM FOR EXCELLENCE (BI4E)
The INGENIUM Alliance is proud to communicate that the evaluation of our project successfully met the required criteria in the competition for Horizon Europe, Call HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ACCESS-05-01 – Capacity building to strengthen networks of higher education institutions and cooperation with surrounding ecosystems.
The BI4E project reflects our ambition to enhance the existing inter-university cooperation between the partner universities, as well as with other entities (both international and local), and to strengthen the Higher Education Institutions’ (HEIs) capacity to meet the diverse challenges faced by the Higher Education System: the twin green and digital transition, the fight against climate change, the achievement of the Agenda 2030 SDGs, all of them profound societal challenges they must be ready to address, while they are under increased pressures to improve quality, efficiency and effectiveness, often with diminished resources.
As its name declares, the project intends to give a boost to the Alliance, making it an effective instrument to promote excellence in the partner HEIs: „Gheorghe Asachi“ Technical University of Iaşi, University of Oviedo, Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA), „Gabriele d'Annunzio“ University Chieti – Pescara, Medical University Sofia, University of Rouen Normandy, Munster Technological University, and University of Skövde (HIS).
This project focuses on the research and innovation missions, where BI4E activities will directly touch six out of the seven “transformation modules” proposed by the Policy Report "Towards a 2030 Vision on the Future of Universities in Europe" through the implementation of strategic planning adapted to our needs, institutional transformation, cooperation in terms of research, fostering entrepreneurship and the promotion of international scientific careers. The project will help to build closer cooperation links between the partners that will facilitate the exchange of information, knowledge and experience. At the end of the project the Alliance will be much more prepared to become a fully operational European University Alliance, in which cooperation in education and research will be carried out seamlessly.
Currently INGENIUM is preparing a proposal for the 2022 call for alliances under the European Universities Initiative of the European Commission, which is part of the Erasmus+ programme action “Partnerships of Excellence”.
For more information on INGENIUM, download a short overview here: INGENIUM Profile (EN)
The following universities of nine European countries partner with Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in this alliance:
„Gabriele d'Annunzio“ University Chieti – Pescara (Italy)
„Gheorghe Asachi“ Technical University of Iaşi (Romania)
Medical University Sofia (Bulgaria)
Munster Technological University (Ireland)
South Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences - XAMK (Finland)
University of Crete (Greece)
University of Oviedo (Spain)
University of Rouen Normandy (France)
University of Skövde (Sweden)
You can find more information here.