Ulysseus: new gathering at the technical university of Košice in Slovakia

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Published on May 19, 2022 Updated on May 19, 2022

on the May 16, 2022


A delegation from Université Côte d'Azur was invited to the Technical University of Košice in Slovakia during the week of April 25 to discuss the Ulysseus research and innovation strategy, to organize the deployment of its academic degrees and programs, and to find ways of involving researchers and students in the creation process of the European university.

Nearly a hundred members of the Ulysseus community participated in the Ulysseus Summit in Košice. The event started with a presentation of Ulysseus to Slovak officials and a press conference which was the opportunity for the different presidents and rectors of the partner universities to express their desire to deepen this strategic European partnership. In this location close to the Ukrainian border, the President of Université Côte d'Azur stressed the importance of the European values of human dignity, democracy and freedom which lie at the foundation of the Ulysseus alliance.
 The following topics were on the agenda.

Research and Innovation Strategy

The COMPASS working group, a satellite project of Ulysseus funded by Horizon 2020, presented the work accomplished to develop a shared Research and Innovation (R&I) strategy within the alliance. The idea was once again raised of developing thematic ecosystems with multiple partners and accross disciplines with the aim of finding solutions to the key issues of society in the different regions represented.

In recent months, information was gathered to identify R&I capabilities, synergies, and barriers. This included a survey, interviews and an analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT). A series of questions were prepared, ranging from the development and implementation of R&I strategies to the different specializations, ambitions, and needs of Ulysseus.
The event was also the opportunity for researchers from the six partner universities to meet and work on different themes such as robotics and artificial intelligence. They also engaged in brainstorming sessions to prepare for upcoming Horizon Europe calls for proposals.

Transforming Ulysseus Innovation Hubs into "ERA Hubs"

The Technical University of Košice and Université Côte d'Azur jointly presented an overview of the work carried out to explore the feasability of transforming the Ulysseus Innovation Hubs into ERA Hubs (European Research Area hubs). Their work included an assessment of the viability of ERA hubs in different innovation ecosystems to ensure their interoperability at the local, regional, national, and international level, increase access to hubs through a transparent and open system, and develop tools to disseminate the concept.

Academic offer and joint degrees

Another key topic discussed during the summit was the development of joint Ulysseus academic programs. In line with its vision of fostering mobility opportunities and cooperation between its partner universities, Ulysseus European University has drawn up its first two double master's degree agreements, which will be approved and signed in Helsinki next June.
In addition, Ulysseus is working on its first joint master and PhD degrees in energy, transportation, and mobility for the smart cities of the future. Ulysseus is preparing joint courses in entrepreneurship, sustainability, and languages to develop the skills that will be needing in the future. Ulysseus faculty and non-academic staff will also be offered training programs in specific skills before the end of the year.