Future-ready graduates must be prepared for a world in which the pace of change is accelerating, a world in which technology is evolving radically, and a world that needs innovative solutions to today's challenges. They must not only have acquired excellent subject-specific competencies from lectures, but must have developed a broad set of additional competencies.
Both method-specific as well as social and personal competencies are crucial for students to be successful professionally and for their personal wellbeing. Such competencies must be practised early throughout life, and what better way is there than to do so in a safe environment during your studies? This is why ETH has founded the Student Project House in 2016. A space where students can learn for their future by following their passion, realising their own ideas and taking full ownership of their extra-curricular projects. By turning an idea into a project, students get to know and go through the various stages of an innovation process. They start by identifying a problem they deeply care about, develop innovative ideas to tackle the problem, and then prototype, test, and adapt their ideas based on user feedback. At the same time, they practise working in interdisciplinary teams, make decisions, learn from their failures, explore innovative technologies and, most importantly, develop the courage and confidence to do so.
- How has the SPH changed or optimised since the beginning of the pandemic?
- During the pandemic students had more time to realize their own ideas. This has increased the number of projects at the Student Project House.
- What are your thoughts and ideas for the time after the pandemic?
- We saw that students need personal connections and thus we would like to continue on being the space where they can meet in person and get support both by the Student Project House, and also by the community.
- What discussion points are you particularly interested in when exchanging with other lecturers?
- We generally like to network and exchange with other lecturers, both provide support and also learn from the others.