February 8, 2023
The new European "supercampus" INGENIUM was officially launched with the signing of the consortium agreement on January 24 in Oviedo. Extending from Spain to Finland, with around 200,000 students, 10,200 professors and 6,400 administrative staff members, INGENIUM will be one of the largest and most diverse of the 44 European Universities currently supported by the European Union.
Representatives of the ten partner universities met to define the next steps of the alliance and discuss the agenda and goals for the next four years. The meetings also helped to improve mutual understanding and to strengthen the links between the participating institutions, as well as to raise public awareness of INGENIUM.
One of the primary objectives of the alliance will be to establish a single INGENIUM European Campus (IEC). Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences is leading the working group in charge of setting up and organizing the inter-university campus, which will include a common faculty, an open degree framework, joint study programs, summer and winter schools, and thus facilitate student and staff mobility between the partner institutions. The other focus is set on the development of common digital tools, fostering of innovative teaching and learning methods, strengthening of research collaboration and entrepreneurship, and increased efforts to promote sustainability, diversity, and inclusion.
All partners stressed the importance of INGENIUM for the internationalization strategy of their respective institutions. “We are proud to be part of INGENIUM. The academic, cultural and linguistic diversity of the alliance opens up a wide range of new opportunities for Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences. Our students, researchers and staff members will greatly benefit from the mobility offers and synergies between our institutions,” says Prof. Dr. Angelika Altmann-Dieses, Vice-President for Academic and International Affairs.
The INGENIUM European University Alliance, led by the University of Oviedo, includes Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, the Medical University Sofia (Bulgaria), the Southeast Finland University of Applied Sciences, the University of Rouen-Normandy (France), the University of Crete (Greece), Munster Technological University (Ireland), "Gabriele d'Annunzio" University Chieti-Pescara (Italy), "Gheorghe Asachi" Technical University of Iaşi (Romania) and the University of Skövde (Sweden). The European Union is funding the consortium with 14.4 million euros over the next four years.