The ECIU University was launched a year ago. The project, coordinated by the UT, is now taking its next steps. First students will ‘enter’ the brand-new European university in February and the ECIU partners are busy developing a virtual reality environment for learners. Sander Lotze, director of the ECIU University based at the UT, shares the latest developments in U-Today.
The ECIU University is a new European university involving twelve ECIU (European Consortium of Innovative Universities) partners, including the University of Twente which coordinates the project. It aims to develop a virtual university based on challenge-based education, research and innovation. Multidisciplinary teams of learners (students and professionals) will work on real life societal challenges combined with online micro modules. The pilot project, funded by the EU Erasmus+ programme, was officially launched in November 2019 and is scheduled to last three years, after which the partners plan to continue to run the ECIU University based on business plan that is now being developed.