EIT Digital opens new academic year on 15 October

Annual Kick-Off for newly enrolled EIT Digital Master School students is on 15 October

EIT Digital opens the new academic year on 15 October at the so-called annual Kick-Off. This online event is being hosted from the Budapest office of EIT Digital. It brings together 300 newly enrolled EIT Digital Master School students who have been admitted to one of the seven EIT Digital Master School programmes. The Kick-Off is a first step for the students to lay the foundations of their international network and future career as highly wanted innovators and entrepreneurs who can help build a strong digital Europe. 

The EIT Digital Master School is a unique European network of 17 outstanding top technical European universities. Learning to think like an entrepreneur is a key element in the eight EIT Digital Master School programmes. The School seeks out the best technical students and equips them with cutting-edge knowledge and business skills, to help guarantee Europe’s leading role in the global digital economy. All students receive upon successful completion of their two years masters two degrees from two different universities and a certificate from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

EIT Digital Master School is hosting an annual Kick-Off every year since 2012. Due to the uncertainties of the corona pandemic, the Kick-Off will be held online again. Roberto Prieto, chief education officer, says due to the planning, “we had to make a decision now. The pandemic still saddles us with travel restrictions. Nevertheless, the main goals of the Kick-Off are assured.”

New academic year

The main goals of the Kick-Off are celebrating together an official start to the new academic year, meeting peers from all seven EIT Digital Master School programmes, listening to inspiring keynotes, meet the alumni, and above all a very first encounter with the entrepreneurial and innovative education that EIT Digital provides.

Business case challenge

This encounter with the entrepreneurial and innovative education entails the students to work in multidisciplinary teams on new business cases. In these teams, students from different cultural, educational, religious, and national backgrounds from across the world, should think out a serious business problem in a timely pressure cooker. This working together lays down the foundations of a firm and intense pan-European network that can be fostered after their studies via the EIT Digital Alumni Foundation.

Transform technology into business

During the rest of their double degree master programmes, they will encounter a variety of such cases which according to the Head of the EIT Digital Master School, Andrea Paoli, sets this type of school apart from other technical masters.  “Our students learn to use technology to transform business or to create new business. In the first year they get to work with business cases from companies in our network, in between the first and second year they work on real-life business cases during a two-week EIT Digital Summer School where the EIT Digital Master School students mingle with professionals who need to learn how technologies impact their competitive position, and in the second year, students work again on other cases and write their thesis during an intern based on a real work situation.”

EIT Digital Alumni Foundation

This Kick-Off creates also the opportunity to meet alumni of the EIT Digital network. Jeroen van Lent, president of the EIT Digital Alumni Foundation says the alumni foundation is a strong engaged community where alumni meet each other, can learn from each other and help each other in their careers, he says in an interview.

The programme of the Kick-Off will be revealed later.

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