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SOCIE

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European program to improve student collaboration

SOCIE is a European program to improve international collaboration between students from different European universities by giving them the opportunity to work on various online courses and multicultural group projects. In addition, the solution provided is feasible, scalable and also carbon-free.

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Team
SOCIE
Team members
Ignacio Rodriguez Burgos, Matteo Anelli, Adam Bako, Luca Scotton, Grey Skipwith
Members roles and background

Ignacio Rodriguez Burgos: Data Science

Matteo Anelli: Data Science

Adam Bako: Data Science

Luca Scotton: Data Science

Grey Skipwith: Cloud computing

Contact details
frederic.renouard@eitdigital.eu

Imagine the future of Erasmus - carbon-free mobilities and networking

Your challenge will be to find new ways to transform the students’ education experience, through distributed or remote interactive courses, pan-European collaboration on joint projects or challenges and more... leveraging a network of universities and digital tools.

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Solution description

Our solution is a platform for student collaboration around Europe that plans to raise European culture awareness while promoting cultural exchange programs like Erasmus.

We are enhancing digital education by providing European students with the possibility to follow online courses from different European universities. This will allow the students to select the top quality classes taught by highly specialized professors in the field even if those are in different universities. Moreover, we provide the possibility for the students to work with international groups on different projects, thus giving them the possibility to discover the culture and teaching methods from other European countries. Furthermore, the aim is to infuse them with the desire to apply for the Erasmus program.

To measure the success of our solution, we will examine the number of students following the program. We will collect feedback from them and also monitor the evolution of the number of students going to the Erasmus program year by year.

An implementation of this solution from the point of view of a Computer Science Bachelors' track would be as follows: Aalto University, Technical University of Denmark, and the Technical University of Eindhoven can offer various courses in Computer Science. For example, Aalto provides a course in Data Protection and Data Visualization, DTU in Game Design and Ethics of AI, and Eindhoven in VR Applications and UX Design. In the 1st semester of their 2nd year, students from these 3 universities will choose from one of these six courses and follow online lectures, fill in group quizzes while interacting with students from other universities, and also complete a group project in multinational teams.

Solution context

According to the statistics, every year only around 4% of European students applied to the Erasmus+ program. Indeed, Erasmus+ is a big commitment, a lot of people have the wrong mindset. They are lazy, uninformed, afraid to leave their comfort zone or all of them at the same time. Therefore, we have identified a big barrier to start six months/ one year Erasmus program. Moreover, there is low communication, if not none, between students enrolled in different universities and especially between Erasmus and local students in the same university. Internationalization is not effective or widespread enough.

Solution target group

SOCIE is targeting three groups. The first group are of course the European students, they will be able to learn from the best professors, get the opportunity to see other studying cultures, work in an international group, practice their soft-skills and open their minds to different perspectives. 

Apart from the students, the target is also professors from European universities. Indeed, they will gain more popularity, will be more challenged, will be able to join forces with other professors from different universities and they will have more engaged students. 

The last target group are the universities. They will increase the quality and range of their courses, their popularity among the country and the whole European Union. Furthermore, each university will strengthen its connections with the other partners, in order to launch new collaborations and initiatives.

Solution impact

Our solution will shift students’ mindset towards a European feeling and push them to open up to different cultures while having the opportunity to attend courses that their original universities may not have. Professors will be able to give lessons to motivated students with a wide variety of backgrounds. Moreover, it will improve the internationalization of the university and open the path to increase the number of Erasmus students. To measure it, we will observe the number of students following this program and the number of students applying to the Erasmus program. We will also collect feedback from the students following this program.

Solution tweet text

SOCIE is a European program to improve international collaboration between students by giving them the opportunity to work on various online courses and projects with students from different European universities.

Solution innovativeness

SOCIE is providing a new way of teaching in Europe. The key factors of differentiation with what already exists are the opportunity to follow some classes from another university without the need to be there physically. It will also improve the skills and the mindset of the students by allowing them to work with some international teams and furthermore, it will enable the students from these universities to get a first international experience without going abroad.

Solution transferability

This program can be applied to all the education fields and every university in Europe. Although it is on the university’s interest to provide courses, we do not want to exclude any European university regardless if it is able to provide online educational content or not. 

Apart from doing it on a European scale, this solution could also be used worldwide by international universities that would like to create some partnership with one another.

Solution sustainability

This solution is sustainable because it is carbon-free, the students do not need to move to any location, they can work with an international team while they are in their home. Moreover, SOCIE is scalable because more and more universities will take part in this program to increase their popularity and the quality of their courses.

Solution team work

The varied experiences of our international group brought many different ideas and viewpoints that we used to converge into the final solution.

We are proud of our teamwork, we proved to be able to work efficiently, to listen to everybody's ideas and discuss them until late at night. We were able to agree and follow the solution that seemed to be the most suitable regarding the problem.

Considering our computer science backgrounds, we can build the technology needed to launch the pilot program. We ask for joint coordination of the European Union and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology to bring this project alive.

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