Network for Intercultural Competence to facilitate Entrepreneurship (NICE)

In late 2017, the European multi-university partnership project "Network for Intercultural Competence to facilitate Entrepreneurship" (NICE) started its work towards enhancing university students' employability by helping them to develop intercultural competencies and entrepreneurial skills. For this, the network partners developed and have since conducted the NICE programme.

The NICE consortium was comprised of the following eight institutions: University of Amsterdam, University College Dublin, University of Edinburgh, University of Goettingen, Lund University, University of Padova, University of Salamanca and Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi. For the period of 2017 - 2020, NICE was funded by the EU Commission under the Erasmus+ key action 203.
In 2021, the programme became an Open Educational Resource (OER). A handbook was published alongside.

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The NICE programme

NICE is a semester-long multi-university virtual learning and exchange programme, including a week-long summer school (optional). On the NICE programme, students work through interactive virtual modules focused on intercultural competence and entrepreneurship and learn to apply these skills by working together in virtual international teams developing an innovative business idea to solve a Global Challenge.

The NICE programme offers students the opportunity
  • to find a solution to pressing societal and global challenges,
  • to work together in transnational virtual teams with diverse academic backgrounds,
  • to foster their in demand entrepreneurship, collaboration and intercultural competence skills to become more employable after graduation.

Student experience


The NICE programme gives students the opportunity to work remotely in a diverse team of students from around Europe. While working collaboratively on an innovative solution for one of the sustainable development goals, students gain skills in entrepreneurship, from understanding the entrepreneurial mindset to ultimately writing a business model canvas. Students also receive hands-on experience in interdisciplinary collaboration and intercultural teamwork.

Listen to Merle and Ruhiyya share about their experiences on the programme in spring 2020: