The mentoring program TOP5 UNIVERSEH, designed for the best students of the UNIVERSEH consortium universities, is planned to start on the academic year 2022/2023.
This cyclical program is being organized by the European University UNIVERSEH alliance who will be represented by their best ‘TOP’ students. The aim of the program is to connect the most enterprising UNIVERSEH students with acknowledged entrepreneurs who have achieved success in the Space Tech Industry on the international arena. The program aims to prepare a handful of individuals (2-3 students per university), with one-to-one mentor-mentee meetings, and a several-day visit of the student to the mentor's country and company. Mentor-mentee pairs will be matched based on mentee’s application and description of cooperation opportunities prepared by mentors.
Two direct effects of the program are foreseen:
- providing the best European students in the Space Tech Industry with the possibility of self-development through intensive consulting on issues related to their individual career path.
- enabling the development of leading European companies with the Space Tech profile through cooperation with the best European students.
Mentorship programs provide an opportunity to democratise knowledge exchange between mentos and mentees. Through this process, participants can reach a deeper cognitive level knowledge and understanding. Within this context, mentors provide their knowledge, expertise, and perspective to guide to mentees in areas where they wish to develop personally and professionally. Because of this, mentorship plans are goal driven and do not focus on grades or evaluations.
During the opening workshop, which will take place in Paris/Luxembourg November 18-25, mentor-mentee groups and pairs create individual mentoring plans for the program based on the mentee’s needs and goals. Mentors and mentees will work together on establishing skills and competences required to succeed in the program.
At the end of the program, a joint meeting summarizing the program will be held in the University of Luxembourg from April 14 to 16. Mentees and mentors will have the opportunity to present the results of their cooperation and share their experiences with other program participants. Further to this, the meeting will be concomitant to UNIVERSEH SpaceHack.
Mentors are mainly recruited from board members or management of UNIVERSEH stakeholder companies; however, recruitment is open to all UNIVERSEH-aligned partners. The requirements to participate in the program as a mentor are: (i) running or being involved in an international company related to the Space Tech Industry, (ii) having previous experience as a mentor or holding a mentor certificate, (iii) a willingness and possibility to welcome the mentee - presenting the outline of the individual program's opportunities.
The number of places available is determined based on the number of mentors available. Candidates (Master and PhD students) must apply by submitting a 3-minute video through the Incubators and Entrepreneurship Centres of their UNIVERSEH consortium university. The video should capture, in an interesting and comprehensive way, the student's motivation and achievements in the Space Tech Industry, and to touch on issues regarding the development path that the mentee candidate would like to develop as part of the program. Candidates recommended by Incubators will form a mentee group.
Diversity and Inclusion
A particular emphasis will be placed on the participation of women in the program, both on the side of mentors and mentee (in this respect, the program will be supported by cooperation with the WP6 team).