Three radical ideas in higher education receive €650 000

An international competition brought together new innovative ideas for future higher education. Now, the third and final project has been approved. It aims at an individualized education.

Groundbreaking new ideas for future higher education were sought: In an international competition, the Jacobs Foundation and Jacobs University invited scientists from all disciplines to participate. The Jacobs Foundation provided 650,000 euros to support groundbreaking research projects following the “B3 – Bildung Beyond Boundaries” symposium.

“Hands-On 4.0: Individualized Applied Education in the Digitalization Age” is the title of the third research project to be funded following the B3-symposium. It aims at an individualized education that takes into account the learner’s interests, already existing knowledge and personality. It was developed by Professors Andrea Censi (ETH Zurich), Ralf Bachmayer (University of Bremen), Andreas Birk and Francesco Maurelli (both Jacobs University). The project “Developmental Adaptive Learning Support for Physics Students” by Dr. Jürgen Fritz, Professor of Biophysics at Jacobs University, and a project by Dr. Henrik Bellhäuser from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz called “AMIGO” (Algorithmic Method for Intelligent Group Formation) are also supported.

B3 – Bildung Beyond Boundaries

A total of 30 proposals were submitted to the jury led by the Jacobs Foundation in Zurich. The competition dates back to the international “B3 – Bildung Beyond Boundaries” symposium at Jacobs University in November 2018: “The discussion with the participants encouraged us to look for radical ideas from very different perspectives in the competition,” says Simon Sommer, Co-CEO of the Jacobs Foundation. The collaboration of international and interdisciplinary teams is to be promoted, with an emphasis on evidence-based educational research.

“The campus of Jacobs University serves as an experimental space together with the students and professors,” says Pablo Zerm, Member of the Management Board of Jacobs University. “That is certainly what makes it special: It is not only about developing ideas, but also about concrete implementation and scientific evaluation”.

About Jacobs University Bremen:
Studying in an international community. Obtaining a qualification to work on responsible tasks in a digitized and globalized society. Learning, researching and teaching across academic disciplines and countries. Strengthening people and markets with innovative solutions and advanced training programs. This is what Jacobs University Bremen stands for. Established as a private, English-medium campus university in Germany in 2001, it is continuously achieving top results in national and international university rankings. Its more than 1,400 students come from more than 100 countries with around 80% having relocated to Germany for their studies. Jacobs University’s research projects are funded by the German Research Foundation or the EU Research and Innovation program as well as by globally leading companies.