What is EELISA

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.


We envision a future where societies thrive and master global challenges with smart and sustainable solutions empowered by European engineering.

A future where academic excellence and innovation are always linked to social responsibility and commitment.

A future where academic and non-academic partners come together to solve real-world problems.

A future where gender balance in STEM careers, sustainable mobility between institutions and cooperation between researchers, students and civil society are the foundations of a new European Higher Education.


  • Access the EELISA Brochure HERE
  • Read EELISA Governing Board declaration HERE
  • EELISA 2.0 Mission Statement HERE
  • Find out more about EELISA through its Layperson’s report HERE


BME is a founding member of the EELISA association established in 2020. In 2023, this unique network won support to continue with the next phase of the cooperation. EELISA has been selected under the 2023 Erasmus+ European Universities Call with funding of 14.400.000 € and a total budget of over 21.000.000 €. With an expanded scope, size, diversity, and ambition, in this new phase, EELISA aims to deepen collaboration in line with the six dimensions of the European Education Area: quality, inclusion and gender, green and digital transitions, teachers and trainers, higher education, and the geopolitical dimension. As reflected in the EELISA 2.0 mission statement, in the new period “engineering will remain the core strength of EELISA but will be integrated into a global, interdisciplinary strategy that encourages cross-learning of methods and best practices”. The Alliance also seeks to contribute to the consolidation of the European Research Area and its vision of creating a unified and unrestricted market for research, innovation, and technology across the European Union. In the next years, EELISA will further advance the long-term vision of the European Universities Initiative to transform institutional cooperation among higher education institutions through long-term structural, strategic, and sustainable collaboration. 


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