ENLIGHT stands for European University Network to promote equitable quality of Life, sustainability and Global engagement through Higher education Transformation.
THE MISSION of the ENLIGHT network is to contribute to the fundamental transformation of European Higher Education that empowers learners as globally engaged citizens with state-of-the-art knowledge, skills, and innovation potential to tackle major societal transitions and to promote equitable quality of life and sustainability. To this end, ENLIGHT will establish the foundations of an integrated European University System with free movement of students and staff and sharing of resources that gradually links the structures of quality assurance, international outreach and global engagement, talent recruitment and investment in large research infrastructure.
PARTNER UNIVERSITIES. ENLIGHT brings together nine comprehensive, research-intensive universities from nine European countries, training over 300,000 learners per year and sharing a deep commitment to their social responsibility.University of the Basque Country University of Bordeaux Comenius University Bratislava National University of Ireland GalwayGhent University University of GöttingenUniversity of Groningen
University of TartuUppsala University
FLAGSHIP AREAS - ENLIGHT strives to transform the way in which we address global challenges by developing new models and methodologies for education and research adapted to the complex sustainability issues that cities and communities face today, focusing on five chosen flagship areas:
ENLIGHT’s universities are situated in metropolitan hubs, political and financial capitals, as well as small cities representing the urban-rural interface. In total, ENLIGHT serves over 5.5M inhabitants with 11 official languages and a strong intercultural diversity. Whatever their size, the surrounding cities and regions are the focal point of major complex societal challenges, which involve complex trade-offs between technical, political and social interests. Therefore, the respective cities and regions are important Associated Partners of the ENLIGHT network. They play a central role in the development of learning formats and research activities around real-life challenges that emerge in the local contexts. ENLIGHT will use its local environments (cities and regions) across Europe as living laboratories for (lifelong) learning and research to address key UN Sustainable Development Goals in health and well-being, digital transformation, climate change, energy and social inequalities.
The ENLIGHT network has two projects:
By the end of the project, the UT and other partner universities will have
The UT is responsible for the successful completion of two tasks. The first is an inter-connected digital campus that facilitates students’ access to study opportunities offered by different universities and contributes to the creation of the system of automatic recognition of study periods across the consortium. At the UT, Ivar Koppel leads the work package of the digital campus.
The second responsibility of the UT is the design of the ENLIGHT Competence Framework. In this work package, partner universities agree on which competences the students should obtain by completing different forms of study. At the UT, this work is led by Ülle Tensing.
All partner universities, including the UT, will create the so-called regional academies bringing together students, researchers, local governments, entrepreneurs and non-profit organisations. The role of regional academies is to identify local challenges for which solutions will be sought in annual living labs.
Members of the regional academy will also belong to the think tanks focusing on particular topics. The think tanks will define the learning opportunities and research projects of the flagship domains. Also, each think tank will organise a short programme and a European dialogue (a conference) involving experts outside the consortium.
The project encompasses several other actions in different domains the UT is involved in. Among other actions, the following will be created:
The objective is to become more competitive and innovative together, leveraging and synergizing our respective strengths and capitalizing on our innovation potential and partnerships with our surrounding ecosystems to jointly promote a greener, healthier, more equitable and sustainable Europe.
ENLIGHT RISE key activities:
ENLIGHT RISE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101035819.