Kick-off for international study programme ENTER
Seven partner institutions are involved in the programme.
The future engineers took up their studies in March at their respective home universities in the Ukraine, Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina. If the current confinement regulations during the pandemic permit, they will spent their second semester in Finland. During the winter semester 2020/21 TU Bergakademie Freiberg will welcome the students in Germany, where they will be taught in the subjects of mechanical and process engineering with focus on sustainability. The two-year Master’s programme aims to create highly qualified mechanical and process engineers at the Master level with a specialisation in maintenance engineering for the raw materials sector from the ESEE (East and Southeast Europe) region and for the ESEE region. Courses are mainly held in English.
Added value for the regions
When initiating the new Master’s programme, TU Bergakademie Freiberg and EIT RawMaterials had a clear mission: to avoid the brain-drain of local communities and to promote circular economy. The local industries should profit from know-how and technology transfer for the subject-specific operations in the raw materials sector, which is why the students return to their home universities in Sarajevo, Miskolc, Kosice or Dnipro for their fourth and last semester.
„I was very impressed, when I visited the students in Finland in early March (before the lockdown due to the pandemic). The programme enables young Europeans to share ideas and receive a high-quality education in the field of raw materials. They will be equipped with key skills in engineering and entrepreneurship in a European mindset so that they can successfully shape the economic development of their home countries. A special thank you goes to the European institutions EIT RawMaterials and the Erasmus programme, which support students with scholarships for their semester abroad.”
(Prof. Dr.-Ing. Urs Peuker, Head of the Consortium for the study programme)
Graduates of a bachelor programme at one of the Eastern and Southeastern universities of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Miskolc (Hungary), Kosice (Slovakia) and Dnipro (Ukraine) can apply for the international Master ENTER. 10 to 20 students will be accepted each year. Further partner universities are Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology in Finnland and Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria.
Bringing innovation in the raw material sector from research centres to the European industry – this is the main aim of the EIT RawMaterials (EIT) www.eitrawmaterials.eu, which was funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) www.eit.europa.eu. It is the largest and strongest consortium in the raw materials field globally, and compromises of more than 100 partners, including industries, research centres and universities from 22 EU member states. The consortium intends to increase the competitiveness, growth and attractiveness of the European raw material sector, which is underpinned by intensive innovation and entrepreneurship.