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Foster.European.Competences and Talents
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Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)

The University of Jena as part of the European Campus of City Universities (EC2U)

Since 2020, the University of Jena has been part of the European Campus of City Universities (EC2U). EC2U stands for new ways of shaping a united Europe and enables fluid mobility between the seven participating universities and cities. Information on the wide range of offers for all university associates, the residents of Jena and for companies is available at de 

@EC2U Alliance and the University of Jena
Jena in the morning
Take part in the FECT Summer School in august for students and staff and meet people from the EC2U partner universities!
Junge Menschen laufen durch einen Park

DAAD-Podcast ‘Campus Europe’

You can also get impressions of 'Campus Europe' from the podcast of the same name by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which covers topics related to the European higher education alliances. Representatives of German universities and other stakeholders provide insights into the visions, opportunities and challenges of the alliances:

FECT - the accompanying project to the EC2U Alliance

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The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports the German higher education institutions in the European university alliances with the national support programme ‘European University Networks (EUN) - national initiative’.

Within the framework of this programme, the University of Jena receives additional funding through the FECT project (Foster.European.Competences and Talents) to implement measures to sustainably strengthen the European dimension.

The FECT project at the University of Jena is pursuing these three main priorities over a funding period of three years (January 2021 to December 2023):

  1. Establishing qualification programmes for all university members (students, lecturers and especially for administrative employees) with the aim of promoting multilingualism and intercultural competence.
  2. Digital transformation of teaching formats: Developing hybrid formats in cooperation with the Language Centre and the subject of Intercultural Business Communication.
  3. Increasing visibility through promotional and awareness-raising campaigns.

Intercultural competence for employees at the University of Jena

At FECT, the focus is on the employees of the university.

Intercultural awareness training, train-the-trainer courses and virtual language cafés are organized, and ideas are developed for cross-border virtual and actual cooperation between universities within the framework of game-based learning events:

Intercultural competence at the University of Jena

First results in FECT

Much has already been achieved within the framework of FECT: not only is the iKomPass certificate programme for staff offered to promote intercultural competence, language skills and mobility abroad. The "Campus Europe" course creates opportunities for exchange for students, doctoral candidates and researchers from all over the world. With events, information stands, promotional materials and newsletters, FECT shows how you can use international networks at the University of Jena to your advantage.

First results in FECT
Video: University of Jena

The ‘iKomPass’ certificate programme

Perhaps you are familiar with this problem: In various situations in everyday working life, people feel unsure due to cultural differences or a lack of language skills.

The certificate programme iKomPass—The Intercultural Competence Passport for Employees was developed within the framework of FECT. With the iKomPass, the University of Jena offers all employees support for good intercultural cooperation through workshops, language courses and stays abroad.

With the iKomPass you can...

...reflect on and master intercultural situations.
Attend a one-day workshop on intercultural competence, reflect on what you have learned and use your new knowledge to act confidently in intercultural situations in your everyday work.

Register now and shape intercultural cooperation

Information on the iKomPass certificate programme is available here.

Register now and benefit from developing your intercultural skills in your everyday work and beyond.

‘Internship’ Advice Centre

Within the framework of the FECT project, work is currently underway to create an ‘internship advice centre.

There are many different types of internships at the University of Jena every year. Centralizing enquiry management, organization and administration helps to relieve the workload of the specialist and administrative units, and more traineeship applications can be processed with legal certainty and quality assurance. The University of Jena can continue to increase its attractiveness and profile both nationally and internationally and thus attract additional specialists and early-career researchers.

In 2021, initial research, as well as a survey, was conducted on the existing situation and needs analysis of internships at the university. These form the basis for a concept that is to be implemented step by step in 2022 and 2023.

FECT for students: The Campus Europe course

FECT also has numerous offers for students. In the ‘Campus Europecourse, you can improve your German language skills and experience international encounters in Europe and beyond. Here, language learning is linked with intercultural learning, for example through business games. The course is aimed at international students and doctoral candidates at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena who have been placed at level B2, C1 or C2 for attending German courses. Students and doctoral candidates from other universities as well as foreign academics, their family members and guests are also cordially invited dependant on course capacity! After successful participation you can have ECTS credited as part of the module ‘General Key Qualification’. Register nowExternal link!

Experience Europe: EC2U mobilities for students

EC2U offers students numerous opportunities for longer or shorter stays at the partner universities Coimbra, Iaşi, Salamanca, Pavia, Poitiers and Turku. Find out more:

Are you studying at an EC2U partner university? Then come to Jena to study for one or two semesters.

Are you interested in short-term mobility? The EC2U Forums are organized every six months. Here, students, teachers, researchers and administrators from all seven EC2U universities, as well as representatives of the seven university cities, come together to further the development of the alliance. Students can apply for a travel scholarship.

Here, students from the University of Jena report on their experiences at the forums:

EC2U Forum Salamanca - Alexandra Kehm
View over the old town of Salamanca
View over the old town of Salamanca
Image: Alexandra Kehm

I took part in the EC2U Forum in Salamanca to go to Spain and see the beautiful city of Salamanca and, as the picture proves, it really is. I also hoped to make new contacts with other students. The forum offers a really special atmosphere for this, because you don't just meet students from one country, but from six different countries of the EC2U partner universities. I also didn't know most of the other students from Jena who travelled with me to Salamanca and only got to know them there, even though we came from the same city. So it was a lot of getting to know each other during the first few days in Spain, which was also particularly nice because you met students from all over Europe. I talked especially often with students from France and Romania. Personally, I picked up a few words of Spanish during my stay in Salamanca, as well as the lasting impression of the sight of the Old University and generally of the old sandstone buildings, which are almost all the same hue and appear golden in the evening light.

With regard to my degree, I am now thinking about potentially doing an Erasmus semester in France via EC2U, as I am still in contact with the students from Poitiers and would therefore already know local people. But for that I would have to reactivate my French a bit. One of my highlights of the week was when one of the French students took us to a café where they had churros. I wasn't so enthusiastic at first, as I remembered churros as not particularly good pastries, especially from German Christmas markets. However, these were very crispy and served with melted chocolate for dipping, on the whole this was a positive surprise. But even funnier was how he knew the café: In a Spanish textbook it was mentioned as a Salamanca attraction where you could buy the best churros in town. I can't confirm whether this is really the case, but the churros were very good and the shop had also won several awards. I can only recommend taking part in the student offers of the EC2U alliance, you get to know new people very quickly and also usually several new languages. What was especially great was that most of the other students were also new to the city and you could then discover new things together and just wander around town.

EC2U Forum Pavia - Richard Kindler
EC2U Forum Pavia
EC2U Forum Pavia
Image: Richard Kindler

What were the highlights of the EC2U Forum in Pavia for you? Why would you recommend participating in an EC2U forum?

I liked the open and straightforward exchange between students from different countries, but also between students and professors and other decision-makers. The supporting programme for the students and the support from ESN Pavia provided great opportunities for students to get to know each other. Thematically, what I found most exciting were the workshops and discussions related to concrete projects and their implementation: For example, the exchange on the various campus sports programmes or environmental protection efforts.

What does EC2U mean to you?

For me, EC2U means intra-European exchange and cooperation—between students, between universities and between cities. You can discuss successful examples and start new initiatives and projects. I am particularly excited about the development of transnational study programmes—in multinational degree programmes, virtual institutes, summer/winter schools and hopefully soon multinational doctoral programmes.

EC2U Forum Pavia - Felix Zimmermann
Castello Visconteo
Castello Visconteo
Image: Felix Zimmermann

What were the highlights of the EC2U Forum in Pavia for you? Why would you recommend participating in an EC2U forum?

  • history of the city and the university (city of 100 towers, Ponte Coperto bridge, winding little streets in the city centre, scientists Golgi (Nobel Prize winner 1906) and Volta)
  • trip to the south, summer temperatures and blue skies in Italy, sleet in Germany
  • immersing yourself in life at an Italian university for a few days, exchange with local students
  • meeting Monica Boggioni (two-time bronze medallist in swimming) at the Paralympics 2020
  • rubber dinghy tour on the Ticino
  • personal conversation with the President of the University of Jena, Walter Rosenthal, at the champagne reception
  • exchange with students from all over Europea

What does EC2U mean to you?

  • a good example and also a model for cooperation between European institutions and states
  • cohesion (cooperation, exchange) and freedom (exchange programmes, dismantling of hurdles, for example in the recognition of achievements) at the same time on another level as the EU
  • the chance to be part of building something big and to be involved
  • networking across borders

Would you like to know more? Read more about EC2U's offers for students and apply for current openings.

Charlotte Rauch
Project assistance FECT
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