European Engineering Learning Innovation and Science Alliance (EELISA) is the first alliance of Higher Education Institutions (graduate engineering schools, technology universities and full-spectrum universities) from different countries in Europe meant to define and implement a common model of European engineer rooted in society.
EELISA’s acronym also pays a tribute to women engineers through the memory of Elisa Leonida Zamfirescu (1887 – 1973), one of the very first women to obtain an engineering degree in the world. She also embodied the core elements of EELISA Alliance: she had a multi-cultural and cross-border background, contributed to engineering with innovative methods for the analysis of minerals and had a determined social commitment.
EELISA aims to transform European higher education while strengthening links between engineering and society by:
- Re-inventing the “European engineer”.
- Democratizing engineering education.
- Evolving interdisciplinary engineering learning.
- Encouraging knowledge, skills and technology transfer.
- Fostering inclusiveness and diversity.
- Making a real impact on society following the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs.
The EELISA communities are mission-driven working groups that bring together students, teachers, and researchers from all partner universities with prestigious professionals, grassroots organizations, citizens, private companies, and public institutions to find innovative solutions to real-world challenges.