The Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW ) and the “European consortium of universities of applied sciences” (CARPE) have won the Orange Carpet Award 2016 in the higher education category with the ESSENCE (European Solutions for Sustainable Existing and New City Environments), Erasmus+ project. ESSENCE involves the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, HU, as project coordinator, and three other European CARPE partners (Alcoi, Turku, Manchester) and the regional governments in Utrecht, Alcoi and Turku. The course design exemplifies blended learning and combines an electronic learning environment with “face-to-face” teaching, social media, video-conferencing and live streaming. The focus of the course is on “Smart Sustainable Cities”.
59.7 per cent of votes
Tessa Taefi, project leader of ESSENCE at the HAW who manages it with Prof. Tobias Held, said: “We are delighted to have won in a section comprising 67 high-quality projects.” The prize was presented for the eighth time by the Dutch EP Nuffic initiative aimed at sharing best practice in internationalization. Taefi added: “The jury’s decision was certainly made easier by the fact that 59.7 per cent of delegates at EP Nuffic’s annual conference voted for our project over eight other finalists.”
Urbanisation and demographic change
CARPE, the consortium of European Universities of Applied Sciences, are undertaking joint efforts to develop integrated and sustainable solutions for problems caused by growing urbanisation, demographic and environmental change. One component aims to adjust study curriculum to the needs of modern and sustainable urban development.
Smart Sustainable Cities
The international, interdisciplinary Smart Sustainable Cities course was developed in that context. During the coming winter term, up to six students at HAW and other CARPE universities will take part in a joint international term at the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht.