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Since 2011, ELLI, the cooperative project of the RWTH Aachen University, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the TU Dortmund University has been developing innovative teaching and learning concepts for higher education. In pursuit of their common goal – to continuously improve teaching quality and studying conditions – engineering chairs are working together with institutions for higher education didactics. Based on the project’s success during its first five-year term, a subsequent funding within the “Qualitätspakt Lehre” (Teaching Quality Pact by the German Federal Government and States) was granted for the period from October 2016 until the end of 2020. 

Within the first phase of funding, innovative teaching methods and concepts were developed and put into practice, such as remote and virtual laboratories, a research workshop and the “engineers without borders challenge”. The experiences made and results obtained were presented in numerous publications. With regard to a transfer of knowledge, they were presented and discussed at national and international conferences with experts in the field of engineering didactics. 

This path will be further pursued in ELLI 2. The project’s work will additionally focus on current developments induced by an expansive digitalization, a fourth industrial revolution and the entry of artificial intelligence into technological systems. It will also take into account the latest challenges for internationalization and diversity in higher education contexts. The implications of industry 4.0, an increasing importance of entrepreneurial thinking and the necessity to deal with globalized chains of development and production, as well as the application of virtual and augmented learning settings require new models for the higher education of engineers. ELLI 2 is subdivided into four key areas whose work programs and measures are tailored to the above mentioned developments: Virtual Learning Environments and Remote Laboratories, Globalization, Student Life Cycle and Entrepreneurship. The successful cooperation of the three universities that originates in the establishment of the common competence and service cluster TeachING-LearnING.EU in 2009, will continue its work and go on supporting the development of methods and concepts that are suitable for modern forms of teaching and learning in engineering education.