The YUFE (Young Universities for the Future of Europe) alliance, formed by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) together with other European universities, is launching an activities programme to promote entrepreneurship and innovation. These activities are primarily aimed at students and staff of YUFE universities.
The programme is made up of three initiatives: Challenge Teams, Entrepreneurial Training Activities, including MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), Talk Shows and a competition called ’Yufethon’.
Carrying out these activities will allow students to apply for the YUFE Star Programme, in particular the so-called Professional Star. With this accreditation system, students can apply for credit validation in their degree.
Through the Challenge Teams, a series of real challenges will be proposed to work teams, in order to solve them with new and innovative solutions at a social, scientific and technological level. This activity will be carried out by teams of students and teaching staff from YUFE universities.
On the other hand, the Entrepreneurial Training Activities aim to promote entrepreneurial skills through resources and training activities which allow these skills to be acquired. This year there are three types of activity:
- MOOCS are free, online, open courses, selected from those carried out by the best universities and/or prestigious institutions.
- The Talk Shows programme consists of a series of talks given by experts in the field of innovation.
- A competition called "Yufethon", which will be held for the first time this year. This online event will bring different working groups together in order to solve a specific problem. The goal is to promote and encourage innovation, talent and the development of new ideas which provide value to society.
The YUFE Alliance is made up of 10 European universities: the University of Antwerp (Belgium), the University of Bremen , the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), the University of Cyprus, the University of Essex (England), the University of Eastern Finland, Maastricht University (the Netherlands) and the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy). It also has three collaborating partners: ETS Group, Kiron Open Higher Education gGmbH and Adecco Group.