Ulysseus Open Event — a high impact milestone towards solid foundations as a European University

More than 1.2K registrants, over 140 opportunities online and up to 57 bi-lateral meetings for project collaboration within the framework of initiatives such as Horizon Europe or Erasmus+ are some of the outcomes of the meetup.

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– You are all now part of the Ulysseus Community!,  said Ulysseus General Coordinator Carmen Vargas in her closing remarks of the Ulysseus Open Event held on May 11, 2021. 

– With your participation in today’s Open Event, we are kick-starting a wonderful journey of collaboration and innovation through a broad range of opportunities that we will launch in the following months and years, that will contribute to shape the European Higher Education Area and the European Research Area, and hence the future of Europe,  Vargas added. 

The Ulysseus Open Event brought together more than 1.2K registrants around the matchmaking tool B2match with the aim of interconnecting the diverse actors of the Ulysseus Innovation Ecosystem and to help at co-creating the Ulysseus structure. The virtual platform, which will still be available for the next month, allowed to carry out not only a fully-packed and diverse agenda, but also the possibility to schedule up to 57 1:1 meetings between researchers, innovators, students, citizens, and representatives of companies, institutions, and NGOs, leading to establish project collaboration in the framework of initiatives such as Horizon Europe or Erasmus Plus. Over 140 opportunities are still online on the Ulysseus Open Event marketplace, including those promoted by Ulysseus Innovation Hubs

– We have presented our six Innovation Hubs, which are key and unique structures within the European Universities initiative, which will bring together students, researchers, entrepreneurs, companies, and public authorities to innovate and co-create solutions for the challenges that Europe is facing as a society, Vargas explained.

– These Innovation Hubs have been designed to ensure diversity, inclusiveness, equal opportunities, transparency and environmental sustainability, and we are so excited to see the projects and activities that will be launched in the following months, thanks to your engagement and participation.

Recordings of the parallel sessions are available on the Ulysseus website and social media.

Ulysseus future

– Where do we see our six Innovation Hubs at this same time one year ahead, in May 2022?,  Vargas asked herself in the farewell. 

– We see projects and activities being born thanks to your collaboration, and with Ulysseus support, presented to access resources to fund your initiatives, for example through the Erasmus + and the Horizon Europe program. We see students, researchers, entrepreneurs and companies connect through Ulysseus Innovation Hubs, bringing together their knowledge, skills and capacities to overcome European challenges.

Other opportunities include joint degrees, mobility schemes, MOOCs, or micro-credentials, for traditional and non-traditional students to achieve all the formal and non-formal education for professionals in the labour market. 

– We will also reinforce traineeships and career development programmes, entrepreneurship and student associations as a priority. Ulysseus students will be able to design a flexible curriculum with basic competences and transferable skills, Vargas pointed out. 

The Ulysseus Digital Platform, which aims at being the “one-stop-shop for Ulysseus activities” and a social network including personal sites for teaching, learning, researching and innovating, is also amongst the top projects the European University will launch soon. 

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