The two students from the University of Mannheim will join top EU.ENGAGE committees so as to represent the interests of the “Learners” group, which includes students, alumni, and lifelong learners.
Marco Rupp, who studies political science, was elected chair of the Board of Learners last week, a delegation of 14 members representing the 100,000 students and learners of the ENGAGE.EU partner universities. In addition, he will represent the students in the Executive Committee of the alliance. Rupp has accompanied the project from the start. “I am really happy it has now become reality. I have great confidence looking towards the new tasks ahead of me,” Rupp says.
Law student Sandro Dorian Mochan will represent the students’ interests in the Governance Board, which is the decision-making committee of the international alliance. When asked about his election, he tells us: “With all attention currently focused on the ongoing pandemic, it is important that we don’t forget the European idea. A project such as ENGAGE.EU substantially contributes to this, and I’m happy to already be a part of this project and to work in these international committees.”
Seven leading European universities in business, economics and social sciences from seven different countries have allied to form the ENGAGE.EU European University with the goal of taking an innovative approach to educating, conducting research and connecting with the public. The alliance's mission is to enable its learners to act as socially engaged European citizens and to have an impact on society at large. The partner universities want to become an incubator for driving societal change based on academic excellence and working with society.
Among other things, the partner universities will build a joint ENGAGE.EU campus, which includes setting up a joint course catalog and offering a number of in-person and virtual programs and courses to foster mobility. Furthermore, the idea is to establish a university think tank as well as ENGAGE.EU labs, where students, lifelong learners, researchers, innovators, businesses, citizen initiatives and political decision-makers work in cooperation in order to find science-based solutions to real problems.