The eduIDT project is implemented by the international consortium consisting of 7 higher education institutions1 non-governmental organization (NGO) and 1 small enterprise, from 7 EU countries (Croatia, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Spain).


The University of Žilina was established as the Railway College in 1953 by the separation from the Czech Technical University in Prague. It has gone through numerous changes during its history. Finally, in 1996, it was renamed from the University of Transport and Communications to the University of Žilina. The University provides education at all three levels of higher education (Bachelor’s degree, Engineer/Master’s degree and Doctoral degree) in both full-time and part-time forms. Approximately 8000 students currently study in all forms of study. There are more than 1000 employees and 650 of them are teachers.

The Faculty of Management Science and Informatics (hereinafter referred to as FRI UNIZA) of the University of Žilina in more than 30 years of its existence has developed into a top and respected scientific and research institution known for its quality at home and abroad. This is evidenced by independent assessments as well as by the interest of students, employers and partners.

The particularity of the faculty lies primarily in the combination of study programs that offer top-notch education in computer science, computer networks, computer engineering and management in one place. The combination of these areas of education and research, supported by enthusiastic and competent professionals, creates the preconditions that ensure the faculty’s sustainable success. Currently, it benefits from a symbiosis of informatics and management studies. It has near 100 employees and about 1,400 students. The community at the faculty created by members of student and employee part of the academia is able to use the advantages of modern management approaches with the support of information technology. This is reflected not only in the formation of study programmes but also in the management of the faculty. The faculty has traditionally cultivated a culture of demandingness and is well known among the professional public for the quality of its outputs, which are research project solutions, study programmes and especially its successful graduates. Study programmes of the faculty are interdisciplinary and in their design, the faculty builds on more than 30 years of successful tradition in the education of students in the field of study cybernetics in transport and communications at the former Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering of the University of Transport and Communications (SET VŠDS) and long-term traditions in the fields of study information and management systems and applied mathematics at the FRI UNIZA.


Eva Malichová

Project manager

I’ve always tried to incorporate new methods into teaching, and I consider Inclusive design thinking as a method that helps students develop their empathy and creative thinking and provide new innovative solutions to address specific societal needs.

Emese Tokarčíková

Deputy manager

Everybody deserves to be seen, heard, perceived and respected. Let´s do it to make our hearts grow greater.

Dana Kušnírová

Team member


…no one likes to be excluded… 


Veronika Šalgová

Team member

Everyone should have the right to receive a quality education. Making it more inclusive is more than necessary and that’s why I see a big sense in this project. 

Linda Blahová

Team member

I joined this initiative because I believe education should be inclusive and adaptive to each student’s needs and talents, to utilize their full potential and prepare them for their future. 

Jozef Kostolný

Team member

Inclusive design thinking brings us the opportunity to realize education about the digital world for everyone without differences. And that’s crucial in the modern society we live in. 


The University of Zagreb (1669) is the oldest and biggest university in South-Eastern Europe. Ever since its foundation, the University has been continually growing and developing and now consist of 30 faculties, three art academies and the Centre for Croatian Studies. With its comprehensive programmes and over 70,000 full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students the University is the strongest teaching institution in Croatia. It offers a wide range of academic degree courses leading to Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in the following fields: Arts, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Engineering, Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences. It is also a strongly research-oriented institution, contributing with over 50 percent to the total research output of the country.

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) is the largest technical faculty and leading educational and R&I institution in the fields of electrical engineering, information and communication technology and computing in the Republic of Croatia.

Being a constituent of the University of Zagreb, FER has its roots in the Technical Faculty, founded in 1919. In 1956, the departments of Technical Faculty grew into four new faculties, Faculty of Electrical Engineering being one of them. The Faculty offers today substantial educational and R&I facilities including 35 lecture halls, more than 60 laboratories, Congress centre, tele-conference centre, central library and 12 department libraries, student restaurant, sport and recreation facilities on 43308 m2. The Faculty is organised in 12 departments which represent the focal points of education, research and development in various fields. The present research and educational staff comprise more than 200 professors and 371 teaching and research assistants and around 3450 students at the undergraduate and graduate level and 399 PhD students. All those numbers clearly emphasize highly spirited activities in teaching and research. The Faculty has developed valuable international cooperation with many research institutions around the world, either directly or through inter-university cooperation.


Jurica Babić

UNIZG Team leader

Higher education institutions have always been the frontrunners of positive societal changes. Incorporating the novel way of „thinking“ within the existing curriculum, i.e., inclusive design thinking, is a small but important step towards the inclusive society. That said, we are also expecting the significant institution-level impact related to the innovative teaching methods and materials which will be available upon the project completion.

Ivana Slošić

UNIZG Team member

I believe that the topic of inclusive design thinking is very important in all areas of society. I am looking forward to the eduIDT project because with the acquired knowledge I will be able to implement inclusive design thinking in my research and professional work, especially when working with students.

Matea Žilak

UNIZG Team member

I decided to participate in the project since the topic of inclusive design thinking is something that is very necessary today to achieve an inclusive society, and the component of inclusivity should be incorporated into all areas of life, especially in the development of solutions intended for wide use. Since I work in the technical faculty, I believe that project activities will bring me many benefits so that I can bring this way of thinking through teaching activities of technical courses dealing with the topic of solution development.

Katarina Mandarić

UNIZG Team member

I applied to take part in the eduIDT project because I am interested in how to innovate and change the culture in which people work. I look forward to learning more about how to bring the design thinking methodology into ICT!


IMT Atlantique, a technical University, aims to contribute its scientific and technical excellence to education and innovation, to mobilize the expertise of our researchers in the digital, energy and environmental sectors.

IMT Atlantique prepares the new generation to face future challenges, to deal with complex problems, to understand increasingly networked systems, but also and above all to be responsible agents for change in the world. Eight departments are situated on the Brest Campus (Electronics; IT; Image and Information Processing; Languages and International Culture; Logic of Practice; Social and Information Sciences; Microwaves; Optics; Signals and Communications), four on the Nantes Campus (Automation, Production and Computer Sciences; Social and Management Sciences; Energy and Environmental Systems; Subatomic Physics and Technologies) and one on the Rennes Campus (Network Systems, Internet Security and Digital Law). The fields of application covered by the research conducted at IMT Atlantique are: Energy, Industry of the future, Health, Security and safety of systems, Defence, Sea, Telecoms, Transportation, Environment, Cities and territories.

IMT Atlantique Team

Catherine Sablé

IMT Atlantique Team leader

Working on Interculturality, Inclusion is one of the goals of my research and trainings, exactly as eduIDT. It is very fruitful to join this project new approaches, and new methodologies, in a multicultural context, I love it 🙂

Maud Tournery

IMT Atlantique Team member

I teach Design thinking to students for academic and social projects. Study it and share it with internationals partners and collegues is a lovely opportunity.

Lotfi Lakehal-Ayat

IMT Atlantique Team member

I accepted Cathy’s invitation to join the project, because I understood that it will allow me to learn a lot about design thinking, especially in an international context.


UPV is a public Higher Education Institution actively involved in international cooperation and mobility projects. UPV hosts over 25,000 students and employs over 5,000 people (teaching, research, and administrative staff). It is the first technological university in Spain according to international rankings (e.g. Shanghai Ranking of World Universities) and offers 36 undergraduate programmes (plus 21 double degrees), over 80 official Master’s degrees (including 4 Erasmus Mundus Master Courses) and 30 Doctorate programmes. In addition, UPV has an extensive catalogue of life-long learning courses (over 1.100). UPV has repeatedly ranked amongst the top 5 European Universities in student exchange figures under the Erasmus+ Programme. UPV has experience in the management of European projects and takes part in different actions: Erasmus+, Creative Europe, Horizon2020, etc. and in several international networks, having more than 1.000 international partners from over 90 different countries.

UPV Team

Carmen Bachiller Martín

UPV Team leader

Felipe Penaranda-Foix

UPV Team member


Germán Ramos Peinado

UPV Team member



The University of Debrecen is more than four hundred and fifty years old, it is Hungary’s oldest higher education institution operated continuously in the same city and as one of the largest educational centres of the country, it is a central player in Hungarian higher education. It has outstanding educational, research, and innovation capacities in international comparison as well and based on these it plays a major role in the realization of objectives of national strategy. It is also one of the top 500 universities in the world. The student community of 30,000 can study in 14 faculties (with more than 1500 faculty members), in institutions of excellent scholarly standard. As a leading university it is known in Hungary as an intellectual centre providing the widest spectrum of educational programs while also closely cooperating with the private sector, the business sphere, and the local government.
The university has been an excellent partner for the city of Debrecen from the very beginning and it is one of the main driving forces behind the city’s development. Besides the performance of its basic functions and duties at the highest standard and quality, we are dedicated to playing an

active role in the development of the economy in the Northern Great Plain Region and acting as a service provider for innovation by companies of the region, primarily in the health industry, biotechnology, agriculture, and technology. As an institution of excellence of the higher education in Hungary, in the spirit of the Magna Charta of the European universities, the University of Debrecen contributes to the development of universal science and the Hungarian society by the highest level, multifaceted and multidisciplinary training, research and development. This mission is performed jointly by the lecturers, employees and students, by committed to quality and by cooperating with Hungarian and international partners.


Marianna Zichar

UNIDEB Team leader

Ildikó Papp

UNIDEB Team member


Henrietta Tomán

UNIDEB Team member



Wilhelm Büchner Hochschule (WBH) is a privately held, state-recognized university of applied science located in Darmstadt (Germany). It is specialized on distance education and learning for professionals in the whole German-speaking area. WBH was founded in 1996 and is with around 6.900 students the biggest mobile university for technology in Germany. It is part of the Klett Group, one of the leading players for education in Europe.
In 2021, WBH installed an associated research institute for applied research and design (Wilhelm Büchner Institut für Angewandte Forschung und Gestaltung gGmbH) which is the transacting institution for this project. Today, WBH offers a range of more than 50 technological bachelor and master courses and of about 20 academic certificate courses, mostly for professional students. It comprises the five faculties “Informatics”, “Engineering Sciences”, “Business Engineering and Technology Management”, “Energy, Environmental and Process Engineering” as well as “Design” (newly established in 2021).
Due to its specialization to distance adult-learning, WBH has great experience in developing innovative teaching methods, blended learning approaches and materials for high-level education of heterogenous target groups. With a permanent scientific staff of around 30 persons and more than 350 contract lectures from different academic and professional backgrounds WBH research and teaching is highly characterized by interdisciplinary and user-oriented approaches and provides a huge network of multipliers.

WBH Team

Martina Schwarz-Geschka

WBH Team leader


Tallinn University (TU) is the third largest public university in Estonia, resulted from a merger of several universities and research institutes in Tallinn, and now, consisting of 6 schools. TU has about 7,100 students (with 11% of them international), and over 800 employees, including 400 researchers and lecturers (with 9% of them international) and is the fastest growing university in Estonia. Studies and research are being conducted in five interdisciplinary focus fields:
educational innovation, digital and media culture, cultural competences, healthy and sustainable lifestyle, and society and open governance. The main objective of the university’s research and development activities is to support the sustainable development of Estonia through research and its application to academic partnership, including the preparation of intellectuals as well as the advancement of public dialogue in order to facilitate this partnership. Its main strengths lie in the fields of humanities and social sciences, and a strong and constantly growing component of natural and exact sciences, as well as a notable tradition of teacher training and educational research. TU has an extensive experience working with educational innovation and from 1994 it has been a centre of development and research in the field of technology-enhanced learning in Estonia. One of the main aims of the university is large-scale internationalisation – with its academic degree  programmes and a number of shorter programmes and courses offered in the English language it is already the most international university in the Baltic area. The vision of the University is to play a leading role in promoting and developing intelligent lifestyle in Estonia, thus supporting both Estonian sustainability as well as self-actualization for individuals. The mission of the University is to support sustainable development of Estonia through high quality research and education, promotion of intellectual growth and development, public discussions and academic partnerships. In its activities, the university adheres to the following basic values – openness, quality, professionalism and unity.

TU Team

Sirje Virkus

TU Team leader

Aira Lepik

TU Team member

Sigrid Mandre

TU Team member

Kaadi Riismaa

TU Team leader


The European Institute for Industrial Relations (EIAB) was founded 1991 as the ‘Association for the Promotion of a European University of Employment (UET)’. The UET, with its base in Paris, considered itself to be a European network with the goal of being a further education platform for employees, employers, unions and associations from across Europe. The network was considered as a contribution to the completion of the European Common Market. The foundation stone was laid for cooperation between different European organisations, all diverse in nature, in the field of further education and social dialogue, through EU promoted projects concerning the causes, methods and consequences of the reorganisation of European consortiums, as well as social dialogue. Consequently, and as a result of various European activities, the EIAB, a non-profit-association, was registered in the actual legal form in 2004. The association is still part of a European network (see also for example ‘AssociationTravail, Emploi, Europe –astrees’ – but follows its own EU funded projects more and more. Participation in two European projects on the topic of ‘Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)’, on the one hand for multinational companies, on the other for small and medium-sized companies, motivated the association to concentrate its current activities on further education and research in the field of sustainable business management. Another topic was an EU-funded project on Social Dialogue in the Telecommunications sector in the privatization phase of the sector.

The EIAB, which is certified as an institution of further education and training by a Professional Training Association, recently offered a professional education initiative that did qualify employees of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) as Corporate Sustainability Officers. The measure was co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF). Through participation in this training, the participants learned that sustainable business management consists of different action fields and that sustainable management is an integral approach. This initiative has been certified by the Hanseatic Certification Agency (HZA). We consider these activities as an important contribution to the corporative and social conditions of the increasingly completed European common market.


Lutz Michael Büchner

EIAB Team leader

eduIDT gives me as head of the European Institute for Labour and Industrial Relations (EIAB) the possibility of actively broadening my horizon in terms of IT supported inclusion possibilities.

Nils Andreas

EIAB Team member

I am happy that I can participate in eduIDT and thus make a contribution to this important social topic. It’s fun to work with such a professional team.


Eggztra Innovations s.r.o., is a Slovak service design company, focusing on Design Thinking End-to-end projects, trainings, mentoring and coaching. Consulting company is helping several industries – from banking, insurance and leasing sector, through telco, mobility and defense industry.
The experience is built on 40 product and HR Customer centric projects, 30 Service design trainings, 12 semesters on academic ground, with 325 trained students and more than 1000 participants on projects and trainings, speaking at 8 conferences about Human centered design and doing workshops in Barcelona, Lisbon, Prague, Warsaw, etc.Founder of the company and her co-workers were working for 20 years in international corporations in telco and petrochemical business in marketing, pricing, product and segment development, where lack of customer and employee centricity was present. Since 2016 she and two her colleagues in Slovak Telekom and Czech T-mobile were implementing Design Thinking methodology into both companies’ DNA. Products and services for B2B and B2C customers for Czech and Slovak market were developed working with cross-functional federal and local teams. From external customer to internal customer, or “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.” Richard Branson. Veronika and her colleagues helped HR departments with employee processes and trainings, to build corporate culture nurturing customer satisfaction. In last years, Eggztra Innovations cooperated with Tomáš Grunwald, TalentPositive, Mise HERo, Innovative Business on projects for – Société Générale Insurance com., Czechoslovak Group, Ferratum Bank in Malta, Erste Bank, Business Lease Slovakia, Powerhub Czech Republic, EIT Urban Mobility projects, Innovacity projects,etc.

Eggztra Innovations Team

Veronika Krásnohorská

Eggztra Innovations Team leader

Tomáš Grűnwald

Eggztra Innovations Team member