The Pilot Domain “Cultures: Identities and Diversities” puts student-centred learning in the spotlight. Students can expect to explore captivating (European) identities and diversities topics at every level – from BA and MA to PhD and life-long learning.
In the past, our focus has been on virtual mobility (COIL), interdisciplinary joint courses, and competence-oriented learning. Moving forward, the Pilot Domain will prioritize organizing educational opportunities that are strongly linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and challenge-based learning. This emphasis will be particularly evident in the joint programme Understanding Europe and in offerings tailored for PhD students. We warmly welcome new ideas and initiatives to continue advancing our mission.
The Aurora Education Vision to equip our graduates with the skills and mindsets to contribute to addressing societal challenges has identified 5 “hubs”. The pilot domains serve our initiatives to strengthen transversal competences, be more inclusive, enhance the international, intercultural and plurilingual student experience, and further also our teachers’ competence to contribute to this vision.
Different academic calendars, different national regulations and institutional practices concerning grading and the recognition of learning and teaching, and different IT systems have not kept us from enjoying the benefits of Aurora: professional and personal development of both teachers and students as a result of collaborating within teams that are as diverse as Europe, across disciplinary, institutional, national, and cultural boundaries. Aurora builds bridges and opens doors across Europe and beyond.
As part of the next phase of the Alliance, the hub work will focus on rolling out a 30 ECTS credits joint educational programme called “Understanding Europe,” which will be widely integrated across the participating Aurora institutions. Suitable content and formats such as collaborative courses or micro-credentials will be identified and agreed upon. Regular virtual meetings and yearly in-person meetings will allow us to coordinate the activities, to connect, inspire, and learn from each other, and to create more innovative learning opportunities for Aurora students.
Educational offers/courses which want to be part of the joint educational endeavor have to fulfil the criteria of “Aurorisation” at a high level (see reference document Implementing Aurora Borderless Learning, page 6). Interested instructors should contact their institutional coordinator.