In the week of the 160th anniversary of Riga Technical University (RTU), the partners of the emerging European University of Technology (EUt +) are meeting for the first time in Riga – eight universities have joined forces to create a completely new internationally competitive technical university in Europe. During the meeting, the partner universities are discussing issues related to student mobility, curriculum development, university cooperation with industry, as well as a panel discussion on ethics in innovation creation will be organised.
As the global competition between higher education institutions intensifies, European universities are forming alliances and forming common higher education institutions to offer competitive content and participate in the global education market.
EUt + is formed by RTU, Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, Technological University Dublin, Polytechnic University of Cartagena, Cyprus University of Technology, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Technical University of Sofia and University of Technology of Troyes. The consortium has chosen the goal of creating an inclusive higher education association, not an elite one, where everyone capable of higher education in engineering. In the long run, the consortium sees itself as a federal entity with relatively close integration – the consortium is a single legal entity with common finances, common study and research processes. Work is currently underway to develop joint study programs and coordinate the scientific process.
At a working meeting in Riga, the EUt + university management is discussing the content of the new study programs and the development of a single European degree. The new degree is developed in five thematic clusters – Civil Engineering, Telecommunications, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Architecture. It is not just the creation of joint study programs, but a completely new concept – the next generation of study programs with completely new content based on transversal competencies, collaboration with industry, the creation of student mobility maps, ethics, inclusive principles, the social dimension, sustainability.
As both the new university itself and the study programs are considered to be innovations, the EUt+ partners are discussing the ethical aspects of innovation at the Riga meeting. On the 30th of June, at 13:30 there will be a panel discussion “Ethical and responsible innovation”, where ethical aspects will be discussed from the legal, economic, as well as the institutional aspects of the state.
The EUt+ meeting in Riga is the consortium’s regular monthly meeting, as the partner universities meet every month at one of the eight universities. Approximately 100 guests from EUt+ member universities arrived in Riga for the working week. On the 1st of July, guests are invited to take part in the 160th anniversary event of RTU in Mežaparks, where both the traditional RTU Grand Graduation, a festive concert and an exhibition of products and prototypes developed by RTU scientists and students are planned.