TH Wildau's "European Neighbours Initiative"
The European Neighbours Initiative is an informal alliance of 7 European higher education institutions committed to European values and the importance of sharing knowledge and experience between like-minded institutions. Inspired by the EU's European Higher Education Initiative, ENI is an informal group convinced that together, in an "alliance of equals", it is stronger than alone. The European idea is more endangered than originally thought. Therefore, it is crucial that ENI members, as neighbors in the heart of Europe, do everything in their power to bring European students and staff together and support each other in the upcoming challenges they face.
Although the number of members of the European Neighbors Initiative will necessarily remain manageable, TH Wildau remains open to new members, especially from neighboring countries not yet represented in the network. Please contact Dr. Jeffrey Wolf to express your institution's interest in joining.
In a speech at the Sorbonne in September 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron proposed the creation of a series of leading cross-border European universities, with at least 20 completed by 2024.
Inspired by this call, TH Wildau President Prof. Dr. Ulrike Tippe, with the support of the International Office, began to develop a more informal version of the European University idea that would focus on deepening partnerships between universities in the countries surrounding Germany - a 'European Neighbors Initiative'.
The idea became more concrete in mid-2020, when an initial list of potential partners was drawn up. Existing, long-standing and active relationships with universities in neighboring countries formed the starting point in the selection of universities.
In consultation with existing and potential partners in late 2020 and early 2021, TH Wildau formulated the European Neighborhood Initiative and asked six other institutions to join. The initiative officially began in the summer of 2021 with a series of "Kick-Off Meetings."
The European Neighbors Initiative is of great relevance for the internationalisation of TH Wildau. Among other things, it enables Wildau to increase the mobility of its students and staff, to apply for and implement a greater variety of joint international research projects, and to develop an interdisciplinary digital infrastructure, as well as to test other ideas of collaboration.
Annual Consortium Meeting
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ENI members will meet annually at alternating locations at the various partner institutions. Each year, the ENI partners decide on a core theme that will be the focus of the meeting, as well as the host university for that year. At the meeting, ideas and topics for the next annual meeting are discussed. In addition to representatives from member universities, invited keynote speakers are scheduled for each annual meeting.
In October 2022, the first consortium meeting with all 7 ENI members will take place at TH Wildau.
2022 (first Consortium meeting)Open areaClose area
October 27-28, 2022
on the campus of TH Wildau in Wildau, Germany (35 km southeast of Berlin)
The meeting is dedicated to the following topic: What is the role and responsibility of universities in times of international conflicts?
Thursday, October 27
- Arrival and registration
- Welcome dinner
Friday, October 28
- Keynote Speech
- Keynote Discussion
- Working groups
- Campus tour, etc.
Each ENI partner can bring up to 3 participants
Projects and Events
Kick-Off MeetingsOpen areaClose area
In summer 2021, a series of (virtual) bilateral kick-off meetings took place between TH Wildau and each of the other 6 members of the European Neighbours Initiative.
Members of the university management, international office staff and interested faculty met to discuss the purpose of the initiative and possibilities for promising future cooperation.
These meetings marked the official start of the European Neighbours Initiative.
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The kick-off meetings were documented in detail so that findings and observations could be shared not only with the meeting participants but also with all members of the ENI consortium.
A document with the results of each kick-off meeting was then distributed to all ENI members.
Double Degree in European Business Management with VIVES UniversityOpen areaClose area
Based on the long-standing, particularly successful cooperation with the Vives University of Applied Sciences in Kortrijk (Belgium), a double degree programme in the Bachelor's degree programme European Business Management will be established. The aim is to create an attractive offer for students of TH Wildau and Vives University of Applied Sciences from the winter semester 2023-2024, enabling students of both institutions to obtain a Bachelor's degree from the partner university after successfully completing an exchange year. The technical coordination between the partners is already well advanced and both partners intend to contractually establish the project in the summer semester of 2023.
CLIL4ALL Erasmus+ Cooperation Partnership (2022-2025)Open areaClose area
The teaching of a second language in higher education institutions in the European Union has grown in importance in recent years. This development includes an approach known as Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). In the CLIL4ALL project, which is funded by the European Union with 400,000 EUR, TH Wildau together with the University of Córdoba (Spain), HAN University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands), Saint-Étienne University (France) and Karelia University of Applied Sciences (Finland) will facilitate the exchange of teachers and students, create scientific contributions to CLIL at European higher education institutions, strengthen CLIL practice and deepen its CLIL strategy in cooperation with its partners. The project offers the opportunity to compare different achievements in raising academic standards, especially in relation to internationalisation, inclusion and digitalisation. The exchange of experiences, research on CLIL and the joint development of teaching materials will be promoted and sustainably established with the project.
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TH Wildau submitted an application ("TH Wildau Sustainable Mobility Academy") for the DAAD funding programme HAW.International 2023-2025 in July 2022.
All members of the European Neighbourhood Initiative (ENI) were asked whether they would like to support TH Wildau's funding application, and all did so. Selection results are expected in October 2022.
Current ENI members include:
- Fachhochschule Salzburg (Austria)
- HAN University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands)
- Poznań University of Technology (Poland)
- Technical University of Liberec ( Czech Republic)
- Technische Hochschule Wildau (Germany)
- Universitè Jean Monnet Saint-Étienne (France)
- VIVES University of Applied Sciences (Belgium)