1 March 2020

Setting a framework for 4EU+ joint educational activities at the University of Copenhagen

On 20-21 February, University of Copenhagen, together with the 4EU+ Education Working Group, hosted a meeting entitled "4EU+ Getting Started with Education Activities". The meeting's aim was to bring together the members of four 4EU+ Flagship Programme Committees from all six 4EU+ universities and to discuss the Alliance's educational objectives for the next years. The meeting was also attended by the 4EU+ Secretary General, members of the Management Committee and Project Officers from the six member institutions of the Alliance.

In February 2019, 4EU+ Alliance submitted a successful application in the European Commission’s Erasmus+ “European Universities” first pilot call and the project officially started in November 2019. During the two-day meeting in Copenhagen, the 4EU+ Education Working Group presented the framework for implementation of educational activities foreseen in the Erasmus+ project within the project period, that is until October 2022.

The presented framework is closely related to the two Work Packages focused on joint cooperation in the field of education: Work Package 2 "Innovative Pedagogies" and Work Package 3 "Research-based education addressing European/global challenges". The main objective of these Work Packages is to develop jointly a number of new, student-centred, flexible learning pathways, incorporating new technologies and teaching methods as well as research-based and mission-oriented approaches to university education.

The first day of the meeting in the North Campus building of the University of Copenhagen was marked by a discussion on the role of Flagship members. Each Flagship has a unique chance to design new, innovative curricula, starting from small-scale joint educational modules (courses, workshops, webinars), through more complex activities up to full study programmes.

During the second day of the meeting, coordinators and members of Flagship Programme Committees met and discussed the previously presented framework and tasks that lie ahead of them. In the concluding session, the Flagship coordinators delivered presentations on how they plan to organise the Flagships' work around educational activities in order to meet the Erasmus+ "European Universities" project's overall outcomes. Building the 4EU+ educational activities around the four Flagships means consolidating joint initiatives in the areas of research, innovation, education and engagement with society, but most importantly enhancing the prospects of students and researchers.