ECIU University

UiS is part of ECIU University, where students and researchers collaborate with cities and businesses to solve real-life challenges. In adittion to challenges, ECIU University offers micromodules. If you are participating in a ECIU-challenge or micromodule, you could apply to get your expences covered.

For students

Watch students solve a challenge

Students from UiS and University of Trento find solutions for a greener university campus.

For potential partners

In 2021, companies Smedvig and Veni offered a challenge on how to reuse and recycle building materials in order to cut CO2 emissions. A multi-disciplinary team of ECIU University students found innovative solutions for them, and the construction business as a whole. In picture: Rune Augenstein (Smedvig) and Heather Bergsland (Veni).

Contact the ECIU-team at UiS

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Project manager ECIU University: Trym Holbek

Project adviser: Inghild Marie Mjelva

Behind, from the left: Nora Skaansar, Leiv Gunnar Lie, Dag Husebø, Trym Holbek, Tim Marshall, Inghild Marie Mjelva, Nelly Narges Karimi, Kristin Horne, Tor Erga, Masoumeh Shahverdi, Stella Huang

ECIU University news

ECIU University issues e-sealed micro-credentials

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ECIU to find solutions for closer international university cooperation

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Unique experience with international master's thesis

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Next phase of ECIU University granted

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UiS strengthens its European ambitions

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More information about ECIU

What is ECIU?

European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) is a network of universities in Europe focusing on entrepeneurship, innovation and making a real impact on social development.

Who are members?

The consortium consists of 14 members. A country can only have one member of ECIU. See the list of members here.

How old is ECIU?

ECIU was founded in 1997. UiS joined in 2012.

This is ECIU University!

A European university

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In 2019, ECIU University won the EU's first award round for European Universities. UiS thus became one of the pioneers in developing a new European model for higher education.

The goal is to establish a genuine European university where students, researchers, companies, public organizations and citizens come together to create relevant and innovative solutions that solve real challenges and have a positive impact on society.

In 2022, we won another grant to continue building our European University for four new years. Some 14.4 million euros will be used to further develop and scale up the activities.

An innovative university model

ECIU University wants to change the way education is provided. Through Challenge Based Learning (CBL), both students and external partners get to participate in designing the teaching. We accept challenges from public and private actors and put together international and interdisciplinary teams that together will define issues and develop innovative solutions.

In addition to challenges, ECIU University also offers short micro-courses. These can be taken individually, or to gain the extra knowledge or skills needed to solve a specific challenge. Both micro-courses and challenges are offered by all ECIU universities and can be taken by both graduate students and as continuing and further education.

International mobility

Increased mobility of students, academic staff and employees from partner companies, both physical and virtual, is part of ECIU University. Bringing students and teachers together from many different cultures with varied work experience and different perspectives and approaches will strengthen Europe's competitiveness.

Join ECIU University

Are you a company, organization or public company that wants to work together to solve challenges? Get in touch through our collaboration portal (choose Propose a challenge).

Do you want to check out what kind of micro course is available? Check the offer on the ECIU University website.

Read more on ECIU University's website.