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Hubs of Open and Participatory Education for Digitally Connected Learning (HOPE)

Researchers Involved

Dr. Ning Wang

Prof. Dr. Karl Blanchet

Thierry Agagliate

Rojbas Feiner

research areas

Social Innovation
Technology & Society


2023 - 2024


In this project, we propose to explore Open Education opportunities together with students based in two Swiss higher education institutions – UZH and UNIGE, as well as vulnerable populations in fragile and low infrastructure settings, through «digitally connected learning hubs» that will be co-created by, for, and with learners from the Global North and the Global South. 


This project seeks to co-create digitally connected leaning hubs for learners to access Open Education resources and to develop sustainable and affordable innovation solutions in challenging contexts. Through inter-disciplinary and inter-cultural learning opportunities, participants across continents can meet and connect, interact and exchange, co-develop project ideas with peers, and co-produce solutions to real-world challenges facing the vulnerable populations. Project partners include the InZone Program and the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies at the University of Geneva, alongside leading international organisations operating in humanitarian crisis contexts. The project is funded by the UZH Teaching Fund (ULF) through the Global Innovation Program.

More info about the course here.




Social Innovation for Development & Sustainability through HOPE

How can we generate impact through social innovation? What digital skills can we leverage to achieve sustainable development goals? What pathways can we follow to work together across cultures and sectors?

As one of the key educational activities of The BRIDGE Lab, HOPE will release its project-based learning course on the topic Social Innovation for Development and Sustainability in fall 2024. The course is designed to bring together students from University of Zurich and University of Geneva, alongside refugee learners living in camps in Kenya, Niger and Jordan, to co-create technology for development (T4D) solutions for real-world challenges, during a 4-day tutorial session in a hybrid format.

Module booking is now open on the UZH course catalog with 3 ECTs. Enrol yourself to become a changemaker that you wish to see!