European EIT EdTech Conference 2024 brings together the industry to launch a European roadmap.


Brussel, Belgium (23 January 2024) – The inaugural EIT Educational Technology (EdTech) Conference 2024, hosted by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the EU, with the EIT Community and coordinated by EIT Urban Mobility took place today. The first edition of this annual event brought together more than a hundred key participants from education and innovation communities, including Higher Education Institutions, EdTech companies, and representatives of EU Institutions and national governments.  

The participants and experts of the event highlighted the importance of fostering a more interconnected approach to push the untap potential of the sector, while creating a unique path that will align with European values and its higher education needs. For now, the European EdTech received €1.64 billion in investment in 2022. The EIT EdTech Conference conclusions will be drafted into a roadmap to incentivise innovation, foster collaboration, and strategically allocate resources. The aim of the roadmap is to position EdTech not just as an educational force but as a strategic asset for the European economy.  

Mariya Gabriel, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria: “Nurturing and retaining talent is key to tackling the most pressing challenges we face. Educational institutions, academia, businesses, and governments should continuously work together to develop a shared space where European innovators can thrive.” 

Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, European Commission: ““The European Commission is pleased to support the EIT EdTech Conference. The collaboration between the EIT Community and the EdTech sector holds great promise to drive innovation in education. We need to work together to make sure that our citizens are equipped with the right skills for the challenges Europe faces. The European Commission will continue supporting this collaborative work through the EIT Community, the Erasmus+ programme and policy initiatives in the field.” 

Ilaria Tagliavini, Head of Operation, EIT: “It’s no secret that Europe needs to train and retain talent if it wants to stay globally competitive. One of the main added values of the EIT’s unique innovation model is to integrate the education dimension into the innovation web, delivering talent tailored to Europe’s innovation needs. Our community – the largest innovation ecosystem in Europe – ensures a close cooperation between public education systems and private companies and is the perfect testing ground for European EdTech companies to develop their solutions.” 

Maria Tsavachidis, CEO, EIT Urban Mobility: “Since the pandemic, education has seen a global innovation surge. People embraced apps and online platforms to acquire new skills. Now, with wider accessibility of AI and large language models it has become even more obvious that EdTech has vast potential to transform education and be a catalyst for economic growth. Leading this first European conference on EdTech, we, EIT Urban Mobility and the EIT Community, acknowledge the transformational role that EdTech will play in skilling talents and enable Europe to achieve its sustainability goals. “ 

Among the other speakers of the conference: Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva, Director for Innovation, Digital Education and International Cooperation, DG EAC, European Commission; Milena Stoycheva Bulgarian Minister of Innovation and Growth; Beth Havinga, Managing Director, European Edtech Alliance; Salvatore Moccia, Head of Education and Skills, EIT Digital; Dr. Nady Hoyek, Scientific and Educational Advisor, French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation; and many others. More information: EIT Ed Tech Conference

The Future is Now: Applied Courses to Help Urban Mobility Professionals Upskill and Succeed

In this article, you will understand:
– how we have the ability to address urban mobility professionals’ upskill needs
and to guide them every step of the way, from discovering specific mobility challenges to overcoming them with industry experts and peers.
– how the pandemic taught us to tailor our online and on-site learning to fully benefit urban mobility professionals
how we developed an extensive and diverse portfolio of courses and methodologies suitable for a variety of audiences.
how we developed courses on a wide array of other urban mobility-related subjects, with perspectives ranging from social and tech to environmental. View our full catalogue here.

A high percentage of the urban mobility jobs we’ll do in 2030 haven’t been invented yet – does that fact excite and inspire you? Do you want to be a trailblazer, leading the way towards a better future in a career you love? Do you have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge?  We can help.

Now more than ever, we are changing the way our cities and transport are planned: think breakthroughs in new technologies, digitalisation of the industry and championing zero-emission cities. Mobility professionals know the importance of delivering thriving and attractive living environments to citizens of the cities they work in. They also know that their line of work demands learning and implementing new skills and gaining a better understanding of the swift and sometimes abrupt changes this sector faces.

Here at EIT Urban Mobility, we want to be at the forefront of knowledge sharing for urban mobility professionals every step of the way. We are constantly developing state-of-the-art applied training courses that empower sector professionals, decision makers and businesses at every level across Europe to upskill in a way that suits them.

We offer courses perfect for a variety of different people, from local authorities and transport providers to those in the mobility industry, academia and beyond – so if you are looking to upskill, chances are we can help.

As Jim Moran once said, “The future belongs to those who prepare for it” – are you ready to own the future?

From Micro-Mobility and Electric Vehicles to Last Mile Logistics: What Will Become Your Specialisation?

We believe learning should happen in three steps:

  1. Discovering – Your introduction to urban mobility, helping you to uncover the different aspects of this field and discover what you find most interesting
  2. Understanding – Delving deeper into the topics you enjoy the most and developing an in-depth understanding
  3. Overcoming – This final step takes your learning to the next level, bringing you together with experts and other industry peers to overcome specific mobility challenges

We have the ability to guide urban mobility professionals every step of the way, from discovery to implementation. Our Urban Mobility Explained initiative and our online courses facilitate keen students to learn at their own pace, allowing them to properly solidify their knowledge of urban mobility – they are the ideal for the discovery and understanding steps.

The overcoming step is where our applied courses come into play. They are a fantastic way to empower urban mobility professionals to overcome mobility challenges together with industry experts and peers. These courses bring people together, both online and on-site, allowing learners to take the knowledge they’ve gleaned and put it into action.

Our applied courses can take place on location (ideal for experiencing local infrastructure, workshops, networking), online (good for theory or to get together without having to travel) or a mixture of the two. They are the final step in truly and deeply understanding urban mobility while addressing your challenges at work.

The impact of the pandemic

We took away three key lessons from the pandemic:

  1. The understanding part of learning can be done at home, at your own pace
  2. Some of the overcoming step will always need to be done on-site, especially when we are looking at infrastructure and transportation – for example, each specific city will have its own unique features to discover
  3. Parts of on-site courses can also be moved online, but they have to be completely re-thought to achieve the benefits and impact our students deserve – a ‘copy and paste’ approach just won’t work

All this means that we have been able to tailor our online and on-site learning to fully benefit urban mobility professionals like you. No matter where you are in the learning process, we understand exactly what you need – and how to give it to you.

Bridging an Educational Gap with Our Cycling Courses

One great example of how we’ve taken a learning opportunity from discovery to implementation is our cycling courses.

We know that there has been a rapid increase in cycling as of late, as individuals move towards more active mobility post-pandemic. Now is the time for cities to update their infrastructure to make it more inclusive and accessible for all types of travellers.

Cycling is of the utmost importance in urban mobility for a variety of economic, social and environmental reasons, and is changing cities and lives. By collaborating with leading European experts and organisations to develop impact-oriented courses, we are empowering a new generation of ambitious professionals to find the solutions we need to make our mobility greener and our cities more sustainable.

By researching what is important in the world of urban mobility today and discovering and bridging an educational gap, we’ve been able to give learners what they want and need: a proper understanding of cycling in relation to urban mobility.

The lifecycle of our cycling courses

We identified a need for cycling-friendly cities, which was exacerbated during the COVID pandemic. We wanted to empower urban mobility professionals of all levels, as well as spark a change in society, so we developed an extensive and diverse portfolio of courses and methodologies suitable for a variety of audiences.

Our goal? Easy – to make cycling a bigger part of city mobility.

Some of our cycling courses include:

  • An online MOOC on cycling, disseminating the unique cycling experience and expertises of The Netherlands and Denmark; good for beginners
  • A custom blended course for Transport Malta, taking the local infrastructure, mindset and current capabilities into careful consideration to ensure it was as beneficial for this city as possible; ideal for local professionals
  • An open course on designing the cycling city in Rotterdam, based on the content from the original MOOC; excellent for design professionals and mobility students
  • Two courses developed by other providers on the topic of cyclologistics: one in Belgium (next held in April 2023) and one in Italy (2023 date to be confirmed); great for urban mobility professionals
  • A course based on the Danish experience/school of cycling, designed and run by the provider Copenhagenize: held in Copenhagen in English and Paris in French; generally for design and engineering professionals, graduate students and those with a personal or professional interest in bicycles
  • The original MOOC on the cycling city offered to a Slovakian audience with online workshops, held over the summer; good for local professionals

And cycling is just the beginning! We’ve also developed courses on a wide array of other urban mobility-related subjects, with perspectives ranging from social and tech to environmental, such as:

View our full catalogue here.

Take Learning to the Next Level with EIT Urban Mobility

Are you ready to take on the future and carve out the perfect role for yourself in the world of urban mobility? Take the first step today with EIT Urban Mobility.

If you are an individual looking to upskill, why not view our full selection of educational opportunities here? If you are looking for tailored training for your corporation or city, please get in touch with us to discuss how we can create the ideal course for you.