İTÜ hosted a workshop devoted to the European University project by the EELISA consortium
İTÜ hosted a workshop devoted to the European University project by the EELISA consortium, of which our university is a founder member as 4 other universities (UPM-Spain, BME-Hungary, UPB-Romania, FAU-Germany) and 3 graduate engineering schools of ParisTech-France (Chimie ParisTech Ponts et Chaussées ParisTech, Mines ParisTech). The European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE) supports the EELISA consortium as an associate partner. 18 representatives of the European partners came together in İstanbul at the Süleyman Demirel Cultural Center, Ayazağa Campus. The meeting was organized under the coordination of Prof. Cafer Özkul, Advisor to the Rector for International Relations, on 16-17 December 2019. İTÜ Rector Prof. Mehmet Karaca delivered the opening speech, extended his best wishes for the success of the workshop and thanked those who contributed. With 18 participants from five European countries, Prof. Ali Fuat Aydın, Vice Rector and 15 of our academic staff were present at different sessions.
During this workshop, a decisive step was taken towards writing the draft of the EELISA project, prepared in the framework of the Erasmus+ European Universities call 2020. A video conference meeting was organized between the attendees of the workshop and the international members of the ENAEE label committee. Another video conference meeting was undertaken, bringing together the EELISA member Rectors, Directors and Vice-Rectors to discuss the EELISA consortiums vision and strategy for the European University. Joint postgraduate programs are aimed in this 3-year pilot European University project.
The EELISA Consortium attaches great importance to the connection between Higher Education, Research and Innovation. Therefore, an innovative model is currently being developed. The outcome of the model will be implemented to the EELISA member institutions through activities that will be coordinated under the leadership of İTÜ.
The joint aim of the partners is for the EELISA model to begin at university campuses and widespread to living cities, countries and European Education and Research areas.