Publication date : 16/11/2022

“Old” meets new: ATHENS is back

ATHENS is back to its usual number of students, and offers its first Blended Intensive Programme (BIP)

The high number of applications leaves no doubt; the ATHENS programme did a full recovery since the beginning of the sanitary crisis. More than 2.000 students handed in their application in order to follow one of the high-quality courses of the partner universities. For the first time in the history of ATHENS, a Blended Intensive Programme (BIP), financed by the Erasmus+ programme, figures in the course catalogue. 

The 2.000 students had to choose between 92 courses proposed by 19 different European Universities. Topics range from Regional oceanography of the Planetary Ocean at Mines Paris - PSL over Spanish Contemporary Social and Political Issues through its Constitution at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid to Energy Sources, Conversion and Storage at Warsaw University of Technology. The following Higher Education Institutions participate in the current ATHENS session: 


Following the new orientations of the European Commission about mobility and higher education and translating the new opportunities offered by the Erasmus + programme into action, one of the ATHENS partners proposes for the first time a new course format: a blended intensive programme (BIP). This course combines a physical mobility with a virtual component. The Czech Technical University in Prague offers its highly popular course Publicly owned spaces (POPS) in Prague as a BIP. This new format allows the students to first discover and apply the topic in the capital of Czechia during one week, and second, to use their knowledge to scrutinize their cities under the same point of view. They will meet several times online with the other participants of the course to work on their respective projects, and to present in the end their findings to the group. 23 students of the ATHENS partners are enrolled in the BIP. 

In this session, more than 150 international students came to Paris to follow a course given by one of the eight French members of the network. For the first time, the welcome session took place at Ecole des Ponts ParisTech. Emmanuel Simantov, Head of International Mobility and ATHENS local coordinator at Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, was delighted to welcome the incoming students: “We were eager to host this event! It is a great opportunity for the international students to discover one of the French ATHENS members, to get to know each other, and to also get in touch with some of our students.” We explained the outlines of the ATHENS programme to them, presented some key information about ATHENS in Paris, and in the end of the welcome session they got to taste some specialties of the famous French cuisine. On Sunday, the incoming students discovered different emblematic places of Paris, and several activities wait for them during the week: a visit of the museum of mineralogy of Mines Paris - PSL, a picnic at the Eiffel tower, a boat trip, and a dinner in a traditional French restaurant. However, the most important part of the ATHENS session is naturally the course the students are following, where they mix as well with students from the French schools. 


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