Members of the Ulysseus community are participating in Helsinki in the second Ulysseus Summit. From today until Wednesday, Ulysseus’ team will work at the Pasila Campus on the premises of the Haaga Helia University of Applied Sciences, one of the members of the Alliance. This event is attended by academic representatives and staff members from the partner universities of the Ulysseus alliance: University of Seville in Spain, Université Cote D’Azur in France, University of Genoa in Italy, Technical University of Košice in Slovakia, MCI | The Entrepreneurial School® in Austria and the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
The summit started with the welcome of Minna Hiillos, President and CEO of Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences – during an opening season which was attended by the rectors of the University of Seville, Miguel Ángel Castro – as the coordinator of the project – and the rector of MCI | The Entrepreneurial School®, Andreas Altmann. Representatives from the other universities of the Alliance were also welcomed during the event.
The speeches from Minna Hiillos and Miguel Ángel Castro highlighted the importance of European values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and human rights in the current context of crisis and war in Ukraine. Also, they both explained how Ulysseus continues building safe and inclusive learning spaces for scientific and social progress in the heart of Europe.
During the opening session Petri Honkonen, Minister of Science and Culture of Finland and the Deputy Mayor of Education in Helsinki City, Nasima Razmyar, welcomed Ulysseus community to Helsinki and highlighted the importance of Ulysseus to reimage education and research for a new system which strengthens European values.
Academic development of joint programmes
Further to the work done in the previous Summit in Kosice, Ulysseus reached some agreements on Ulysseus’ academic development of joint programmes. In this sense, Ulysseus’ first two double master’s degrees’ agreements were approved and signed during the first day of the Summit in Helsinki. This is a milestone created in line with Ulysseus’ vision to foster mobility opportunities and cooperation among its partner universities.
These two double degrees are: the Ulysseus Double Master Degree in Food Technology and Industry and Science in Engineering (Food Technology and Nutrition Programme); and the Ulysseus double master’s degree programme in “Mechatronic and Smart Technologies” and “Design and Engineering of Products and Industrial Installations in PLM and BIM Environments” ), both by the University of Seville and MCI | The Entrepreneurial School®.
Ulysseus Entre Camp
During these days, nearly 40 Master students from the six partner universities will be jointly working at Ulysseus EntreCamp. This is the first face-to-face training activity of the alliance.
Thanks to this EntreCamp activity, students will improve their knowledge on the entrepreneurship field. In line with Ulysseus values, this in-person training course will contribute to the development of regions and society and to reduce the competence gap.
During the Ulysseus Summit in Helsinki, Ulysseus satellite project, COMPASS, will also host a meeting to introduce the key challenges on the HRS4R process to the alliance.
HRS4R is quality work related to research careers. It is the mechanism to implement the principles set forth in the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct (Charter & Code). HRS4R aims at applying and maintaining the HR Excellence in Research Award, which is a recognition granted by the European Commission for the development of researchers’ working conditions and research careers.
Ulysseus is one of the 41 European Universities selected by the European Commission to become the universities of the future. Led by the University of Seville together with five other universities in Europe (the University of Genoa, Italy; Université Côte d’Azur, France; the Technical University of Košice, Slovakia; MCI | The Entrepreneurial School®, Austria; and Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland), the project will allow students, researchers and graduates to move freely between universities, carry out internships in companies and start high-impact research projects.