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ECIU XR Campus - Connected for Life

Published on 3.9.2020
Tampere University
ECIU campus
Tampere University is a member of ECIU University, formed by 12 European universities known for their entrepreneurial mindset and their willingness to give back to the society. Collaboration is now possible also in virtual reality on ECIU XR Campus.

ECIU University will change the way of delivering higher education by its ground-breaking and innovative education model. Together learners, alumni, teachers, researchers, enterprises, NGOs, public stakeholders and citizens solve wicked multi-disciplinary challenges in the spirit of continuous learning. The aim is to transform traditional degree-based education into challenge-based. 

ECIU University is all about the community. Solving challenges together is ultimately about people's interaction, both digital and physical. COVID-19 challenges the openness of Europe and limits the mobility of people drastically. In order to provide people digital environments of true interaction, creativity and the sense of community, new innovative solutions are needed.

ECIU XR Campus is ECIU University in virtual reality. It is an environment which can be accessed from anywhere and anytime to be fully immersed into interaction and co-creation together with others. ECIU XR Campus provides instant collaboration opportunities for the ECIU University community throughout Europe. There are challenges to be solved together, and individual, agile, flexible opportunities for skills and competence development. People feel psychologically immersed as if they were physically present in the same space.

"Building up a European university is all about experimenting and pioneering. With this pilot we show that the future of European collaboration in higher education is all about connecting our campuses and their communities," says Sander Lotze, Project Director of ECIU University.

"I am really excited to find out how the use of new VR technologies will enable us to work and learn together across borders."

The environment nourishes people to feel good

ECIU XR Campus is built as a park. The environment nourishes people to feel good, fresh and excited while innovating, and at the same time the aim is to abolish the traditional notion of universities and higher education as concrete buildings and lecture rooms. In the first stage, ECIU XR Campus is accessible with VR headset or using PC. In the future also access with mobile devices will be possible bringing the aspect of augmented reality into the picture.

ECIU XR Campus is the first European wide VR university. Piloting of ECIU XR Campus with learners begins this Fall, and the current development cycle runs all the way to Summer 2021. Visions beyond the pilot phase are in process, looking boldly into the future. Megatrends, such as climate change, urge for solutions such as ECIU XR Campus. UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are in the core of ECIU University.

ECIU XR Campus is made by ZOAN. ZOAN is a leading European XR studio based in Helsinki, Finland. The award-winning company keeps transforming industries by creating real-time digital twins and virtual experiences.

Vote for ECIU XR Campus Starting September 9th: ECIU XR Campus is a finalist in Hacking Higher Education contest

Join the live session on September 16th to hear more!