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CIVITAS Educational Network
The CIVITAS Educational Network enables cooperation between educational institutes active in the field of urban mobility. The creation of the Network was inspired by the results of a survey conducted by CIVITAS in 2021, which indicated the value of such a network for allowing greater structural cooperation among universities. Launched in early 2022, the CIVITAS Educational Network has rolled out activities in three main domains:
- Student exchange
Student exchanges enable both students and academic staff to discover unique approaches to urban mobility, thereby strengthening the students’ position in the international labour market. Exchanges can take place in a variety of forms, but generally focus on the facilitation of cooperation in the urban mobility field.
- Knowledge exchange
Educational institutions worldwide generate outputs of their teaching and research activities, such as methodologies, results and instruments. An exchange of knowledge between institutions help promote the discovery of new approaches to urban mobility challenges. Such exchanges can consist of guest lectures, curriculum exchanges, and more.
- Joint Master programmes
By exploring the opportunities and interests between institutions, the Network aspires to establish joint Master programmes. Such programmes are advantageous for students because they provide exposure to an international curriculum and foster multicultural skills; whereas participating faculty have the opportunity to learn about other teaching and learning methods, as well as student diversity in the classroom.
The desired long-term outcome of this initiative is to have a self-sufficient network of cooperating universities, which pursues an interdisciplinary and international approach to urban mobility education. At the end of 2022, a guide will be published that provides a complete overview of opportunities for interested students and universities.
Fresh Brains Programme
Student perspectives are often fresh, unpredictable and sometimes even radical, making them the perfect addition to organisations that are hungry for new ideas.
Within the Fresh Brains programme, tailor-made activities can be developed in response to a need expressed by organisations working on the subject of urban mobility. The Fresh Brains programme is therefore demand driven, client-specific and applicable across varying scales of time.
Activities under the Fresh Brains programme provide mutual benefits to the hosting organisation and the student(s) participating. Organisations benefit from fresh perspectives and ideas, while the student benefits from capacity-building through skill development, cultural awareness, knowledge exchange, exposure to the working world, as well as the chance to narrow the theory-practice gap. All “hosting” organisations provide student participants with guidance in the form of mentoring, supervising, and training depending on the Fresh Brains activity.
Developing an Activity
The Four Types of Fresh Brains Activities
FAQ Host Organisation
If you are interested in becoming involved in the CIVITAS University Network or the Fresh Brains programme, please contact the appropriate person, as listed below: