ENLIGHT* is an organization of European universities established in 2020. It is formed by ten comprehensive, research-intensive universities from nine European countries: Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, and Sweden. The tenth (and associated) member is Switzerland as a landlocked country.

The ENLIGHT network has two projects:

  • ENLIGHT RISE (Research and Innovation agenda with and for society) seeks to strengthen the research and innovation dimension of our network.
  • In synergy with ENLIGHT’s educational components and surrounding ecosystems, it will deploy a comprehensive joint transformation agenda for our universities.

*European university Network to promote equitable quality of Life, sustainability and Global engagement through Higher education Transformation

Project Enlight focuses on learning collaboration, increased learning mobility and supporting activities.

By the end of the project, the UT and other partner universities will have

  • a common quality approach for teaching, research and support activities;
  • initiated various short-term learning formats implementing challenge-based learning experiences: living labs, summer schools, intensive courses;
  • integrated the teaching of generic competences, e.g. multilingualism and management skills, in their curricula;
  • created an integrated system of green mobility, involving different forms of learning mobility (physical, combined and virtual, long-term and short-term);
  • opened study opportunities for students of all partner universities;
  • created digital solutions based on standardised data exchange to support learning mobility;
  • organised systemic cooperation with local, European and global stakeholders;
  • created a system to measure the impact of the project.

The UT is responsible for the successful completion of two tasks. The first is an inter-connected digital campus that facilitates students’ access to study opportunities offered by different universities and contributes to the creation of the system of automatic recognition of study periods across the consortium. At the UT, Ivar Koppel leads the work package of the digital campus.

The second responsibility of the UT is the design of the ENLIGHT Competence Framework. In this work package, partner universities agree on which competences the students should obtain by completing different forms of study. At the UT, this work is led by Ülle Tensing.

All partner universities, including the UT, will create the so-called regional academies bringing together students, researchers, local governments, entrepreneurs and non-profit organisations. The role of regional academies is to identify local challenges for which solutions will be sought in annual living labs.

Members of the regional academy will also belong to the think tanks focusing on particular topics. The think tanks will define the learning opportunities and research projects of the flagship domains. Also, each think tank will organise a short programme and a European dialogue (a conference) involving experts outside the consortium.

The project encompasses several other actions in different domains the UT is involved in. Among other actions, the following will be created:

  • joint Erasmus Mundus curricula in five flagship areas;
  • a global engagement module (10 ECTS) comprising subjects and activities from different universities. It aims to provide students with generic competences required in a multicultural society;
  • peer review groups for teaching staff;
  • the ENLIGHT Doctoral Network;
  • a teacher education network (and a teacher education conference will be organised).


ENLIGHT RISE is a project supporting the ENLIGHT network, focusing on research cooperation and early career researchers.

The objective is to become more competitive and innovative together, leveraging and synergizing our respective strengths and capitalizing on our innovation potential and partnerships with our surrounding ecosystems to jointly promote a greener, healthier, more equitable and sustainable Europe.

ENLIGHT RISE key activities:

  • Help in identifying partners for research projects from within the network: joint R&I support group + by the end of the project a digital matching tool.
  • Seed funding to support partnerships between ENLIGHT researchers in 5 domains.
  • Support in the preparation of large strategic project proposals + support kit to researchers to help them build their proposals.
  • Identification of ways to connect to and share relevant digital research infrastructures.
  • Establishment of a network of early career researchers (post-docs, <10 yrs. from PhD) to foster collaboration and mobility, including networking events.
  • Support for collaboration with industrial partners, e.g. via workshops.
  • Support for the implementation of public engagement activities and Open Science practices, via knowledge sharing and development of an ENLIGHT Open Access & Data Management starter kit for researchers.

ENLIGHT RISE project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101035819.

ENLIGHT aims to boost student mobility and international study experience. UT students are welcome to participate in classical student exchange programmes, short term courses, and enrich their studies with virtual courses of interest. 

Erasmus+ programme student mobility  

ENLIGHT and Erasmus+ programme student mobility cooperation enables UT students to: 

  • Apply for a semester study in a partner universities.

Application for semester studies and BIP courses is done as a public competition within the UT, and the final decision is up to the partner university. The requirements for the recognition of studies abroad will be agreed on before the study period, read more about the process. The UT will provide the participants with Erasmus+ funding. 

Virtual courses and short-term visits  

In addition to Erasmus+ student mobility, the ENLIGHT partners invite students (including doctoral students) to participate in:

  • Virtual courses

  • Summer schools/winter schools (read more on the ENLIGHT courses page)

  • Conferences

  • Registration is mostly open via the organizing university and the UT will not mediate funding. As with Erasmus+ student mobility, students should discuss the requirements for the recognition of studies abroad with their institute.

Course Catalogue

The ENLIGHT network has launched a digital Course Catalogue, which allows ENLIGHT students to search for all the courses available for application in the ENLIGHT European University. The catalogue includes courses meant for exchange students as well as virtual courses. 


Ongoing events

ENLIGHT secures funding for phase II

Apply for Mobility Award

ENLIGHT competence framework is now available

Upcoming events

ENLIGHT Teaching and Learning Conference in Bordeaux

Past events

European Dialogue 2023

UT research group won Impact Award

Launch of ENLIGHT Course Catalogue

Registration: new courses 2023/24

Ongoing in ENLIGHT Rise

Online workshop on the responsible evaluation of research and researchers

Toolkit for researchers' cooperation

The evaluation of research and researchers

ENLIGHT Open Science Status Quo & Opportunities

Mapping of Digital Research Infrastructural Resources

Repository of Good Practices on Research Impact


Archive of ENLIGHT events since 2021

Programme photoshoot 2022

University of Tartu's Info Session in Tbilisi

Tudengikonverents „Bridges in the Baltics" toimub 10. korda

International student conference focuses on the languages and cultures of the Baltic states

Lipud ülikooli ees

University of Tartu ranks in the top 20 percent in European university rankings