10 Days of INGENIUM: Connecting, sharing and learning with partners across Europe

Junior Summer School workshop. Students’ presentations.

The first 10 Days of INGENIUM event was organized during 13–17 and 19–23 June 2023 at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Germany and at University G .d’Annunzio in Chieti-Pescara, Italy.

10 Days of INGENIUM is a forum for students and staff to meet, network, and learn from each other. The event will be organized twice a year in the different universities of INGENIUM, with the next being held in February 2024 at Munster Technological University, Ireland and at University of Crete, Greece. This article shares the insights and experiences of the first 10 Days of INGENIUM.

In the Junior Summer School, students explored the topics of language, culture, and diversity

Picture 2. Steering committee meeting.

The Junior Summer School for Bachelor’s Students (BA) was organized at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HKA). There were 3–5 students from each of the 10 INGENIUM partner universities participating in the event with their teacher mentors.

Students and mentors were brought together to explore, reflect, and create interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-cultural understanding. Students attended lectures and worked in smaller groups to address the different topics of each day. At the end of the week, they shared their learning experiences in presentations.

In addition, the program included official meetings for staff. The steering committee met in Karlsruhe and finalized the INGENIUM communication and dissemination strategy. Each partner university also had a presentation about their inclusion and equality practicalities.

Health, well-being, and technology were the focus of the program in Italy

Picture 3. PhD and MA students working on Science Factory team

The second part of 10 Days of INGENIUM in Chieti-Pescara, Italy, consisted of the Senior Summer School, Staff Academy sessions, and Innovation strategy workshop. The Senior Summer School for Master’s and PhD students and early career researchers focused on health, well-being, and technology. Students attended Master Class lectures about various topics. In the Science Factory, they worked on their research project applications which were presented and evaluated at the end of the week.

Xamk’s responsibility is to organize Staff Academy workshops at every 10 Days of INGENIUM event. The Staff Academy provides an invaluable opportunity for staff to refine their instructional techniques, explore innovative teaching methodologies, and acquire practical strategies for effective knowledge transfer.

Through 10 specialized workshops from all partner universities, participants had the chance to gain new insights, exchange experiences, and develop their teaching expertise to further enrich the learning environment within their respective institutions. In total, 78 staff members participated in Staff Academy in person. The sessions were streamed and recorded. The recordings will be available later this autumn.

Picture 4. Innovation strategy workshop.

In addition, Xamk is responsible for facilitating the innovation strategy process. The innovation strategy work started with two surveys to students, staff and working life partners in each of the ten countries represented in the INGENIUM alliance. The survey was conducted with an AI-based Landbot and provided crucial information for the in-person workshop in Italy. In the workshop, each university had two representatives and some students. The INGENIUM Innovation Strategy will be ready by the end of September.

The first 10 Days of INGENIUM offered unforgettable experiences and learning. We look forward to offering a chance to participate in the next INGENIUM events.

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