European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU)

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

ECIU is the leading international network of research intensive universities with collective emphasis on innovation, creativity and societal impact. 

The ECIU University is an EU-funded initiative of the alliance of 12 universities in the ECIU that creates a ground-breaking and innovative educational model on a European scale. 

AAU's participation in this consortium reflects the view of the university management that internationalisation and international interaction constitute important possibilities for further development of AAU activities.

ECIU University – a true European University

The increased number of complex local, as well as global challenges, makes it evident that there is a need for a new pedagogical approach to higher education – a construction of a learning and training process based on real life situations. 

The ECIU University is determined to change the way of delivering education from degree based to challenge-based. It brings to life a university where students and researchers cooperate with public organizations and businesses to solve real-life challenges.

In the pilot phase ECIU University focuses on challenges related to UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 „Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable“.

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The aim of the ECIU University Researcher Mobility Fund (RMF) is to promote researcher exchanges and scientific visits. The fund can be used for outgoing travels and associated subsistence costs to visit member or associate member institutions of the ECIU University.

Submission Deadline: anytime until 31.12.2023

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