Creative Repurposing of Educational Spaces for Innovative Student-centred Environments (CREST)

Erasmus+ Project, 09/2020 – 09/2022

KA203 – Strategic partnerships for higher education

In partnership with:

  • University of Ljubljana (SLOVENIA);
  • MB Homo Eminens – XWHY Agency of Understanding, Vilnius (LITHUANIA);
  • Union of the Baltic Cities, Gdansk (POLAND);
  • Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas (LITHUANIA);
  • Out of the Box International, Brussels (BELGIUM).




Student-centred learning and learning ergonomics are becoming important aspects of all types of educational institutions. By acknowledging the central pedagogical and didactic position of educational institutions in separate countries, the project partners wish to acknowledge their roles as adding to the ‘making’ of citizens through higher education, cultural awareness. The process of making graduates and citizens is an experimental continuum, allowing universities to provide conditions for associational activities as well as perform a role of cultural custodians by maintaining and revitalising cultural inheritances of the political community, but also giving it direction. It is important to realise that higher education institutions should not aim to undertake such activities on their own, rather they should seek assistance from local and regional experts in the field of pedagogics, urban methodology and cultural activities.

While student-centred learning is somewhat difficult to define in terms of its methodology and explicit content, which is to be included, it is the key to adapting to a more diverse student population and changing needs in terms of how education is conveyed. In order to accommodate these ambitions, a re-examination of traditional pedagogy, didactics and scholarship, including ways of how and where the learning and teaching processes take place, is needed.

The Universities, involved in this project as partner organisations, will prepare piloting schemes of repurposing of educational buildings and spaces, in order to begin the development and later distribute it to a wider set of university environments. In addition, to this, they will also host multiple day training seminars for potential multipliers of the project results. The trainings will aim to educate on features of the developed model for repurposing of educational buildings and spaces and how to implement/use the model in their faculties.

Intellectual outputs:

  • Mapping of existing participatory practices and models for re-purposing of educational buildings and spaces (IO1)

  • Model for re-purposing of educational buildings and spaces (IO2)

  • Manual for the implementation of the model for re-purposing of educational buildings and spaces (IO3)

  • Policy recommendations (IO4)

The results of the project will be shared here.