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An interview with Prof. Dr. Nina Nesterova (Breda University of Applied Sciences), as well as from participating academia representatives, Prof. Dr. Theocharis Tsoutsos (Technical University of Crete) and Asst. Prof. Isabel Fróes (Copenhagen Business School) on the CIVITAS Educational Network.
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Introducing the CIVITAS Educational Network
Prof. Dr. Nina Nesterova: We launched the CIVITAS Educational Network two years ago. Since then we are actively involving different universities across Europe in this network. So in this moment, we have 64 institutes which really range from universities, to universities of applied sciences or business schools all over the world.
What are the aims & key activities of the CIVITAS Educational Network?
Prof. Dr. Nina Nesterova: Our main objective is to educate the future professionals that really fit to sustainable urban mobility transitions. We really work on the knowledge exchange between the different universities active in the field of urban mobility. We discuss didactics, how to motivate students together with us in dialogue about their future. We also try to develop synergies in educational programmes to make sure that across Europe we share the same values on urban mobility.
Who can join the CIVITAS Educational Network?
Prof. Dr. Nina Nesterova: We really welcome universities active in the field of urban mobility, but also in transport, transport infrastructure, transport engineering, or in logistics to join our network.
How do participating research institutes benefit from the network?
Prof. Dr. Theocharis Tsoutsos: The network has given us the opportunity from different disciplines to be together and create new things for the good of our students, ourselves and European society.
Asst. Prof. Isabel Fróes: The networks helps us think aswell how mobility is linked to biodiversity, business models and economy, and have this holistic overview and opportunities for exchange with all these other partners.
How do mobility stakeholders benefit from the network?
Prof. Dr. Nina Nesterova: We really try to bring added value to different stakeholders; to public authorities, to industry. Because we really make sure that we educate professionals that they can employ.
How can young people contribute to sustainable mobility?
Asst. Prof. Isabel Fróes: When we work with young students, they have a fresher eye and the possibility of exploring opportunities, which would not necessarily fall into our eyes.