Breaking down barriers with cross-university learning activities

Breaking down barriers with cross-university learning activities

What happens if we mix up 65 students from 3 different universities around Europe and 2 EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities, EIT Digital & EIT Health, for a shared learning experience in an online space?

Piloting a cross-university activity at Politecnico di Milano, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Turku University, we had 11 distributed teams of students collaborating remotely for the Business Development Lab, who came up with innovative ideas and creative solutions to real-world problems, applying a design thinking process.

They leveraged diverse cultural and technical backgrounds, being students in different master’s programs such as Data Science, Human-Computer Interaction & Design, Embedded Systems, Computer Security. They also reflected on the process itself, raising awareness of different team-working, conflict-management and leadership dynamics in remote collaboration.

What they all share is a harmonised education path on Innovation & Entrepreneurship embedded in their technology studies and – what is most important – the sense of belonging to a unique inclusive community under the umbrella of the EIT.

Distributed team of EIT Digital students from POLIMI and UPM working remotely