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Make a real impact! Solve ECIU University challenges

In the spring semester 2021, UiS students get the opportunity to join international and multidisciplinary teams to solve real challenges for a more sustainable world.

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You will have an opportunity to tackle local, national and global challenges, provided by business and societal partners across Europe.

INTERESTED? These ECIU University challenges are still open


→ Make a real impact. Our challenges are the ones that communities and organisations face at this very moment. Working with them will give you “first-hand” experience and possibility to contribute to real societal change.

→ Contribute to more sustainable communities. Our challenges evolve around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal no. 11 “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. By collaborating at local, national and international levels, you help to solve these complex challenges and make society futureproof. 

→ Follow your own learning path. You will gain unique experiences and developprofessional and personal skills, like problem-solving and team-work competences, the opportunity to work in a multidisciplinary and international team and learn inter-cultural competences. The ECIU University connects 12 universities from 12 different European countries.

→ Challenge yourself by a new way of learning. In thechallenge-based approach, you will work together with teachers, government, experts, business, companies and societal organisations. In addition to this, you may choose from a variety of micro-modules which can support you to better solve the challenge.


  • Explore the ECIU University challenges provided by various European cities, regions or business stakeholders.
  • Register to the challenge platform to receive more information about participation.
  • Choose the challenge that intrigues you and you get paired up with others that also thrive for the project.
  • Engage and investigate the challenge and propose solutions.
  • Micro-modules will help you gain additional knowledge or skills that are needed to solve the challenge.
  • Gain a certain amount of academic credits that will record your new skills gained during challenge-based learning process and chosen micro-modules (how credits are recognised differs in each institution).


  • Studies in one of the 12 ECIU University member institutions.
  • Enrolment in a master’s degree programme or final year of a bachelor’s degree programme.
  • Completed 120 ECTS of higher education studies at undergraduate level.  
  • English language proficiency: B2 (Self-assessment, CEFR of languages).
  • OPTIONAL: Experience with entrepreneurial work.

Do you have any questions about the challenges? Send an email to

We are building the European University of the future – the ECIU University.
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What is UiS' role in ECIU University?

University of Stavanger is a member of the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU).

Together with 11 other universities, we have launched ECIU University - an international university based on education through solving real challenges in teams. Read more on our UiS ECIU page.