European University “UNITE!” is coming
Darmstadt, June 26, 2019. TU Darmstadt is awarded the title of “European University” by the EU Commission, together with six European technical universities. The alliance known as “UNITE!” will receive five million Euro of funding for three years. The aim is to create a trans-European campus.
The competition is the result of an initiative by French President Macron in 2017 to create around 20 European universities by 2025. In a first pilot call of this “European Excellence Strategy”, the EU selected seventeen alliances that will receive up to five million Euro each in funding between 2019 and 2022.
The successful alliance UNITE! (University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering) is coordinated by TU Darmstadt. With this alliance, the seven partner universities want to create a trans-European campus for students and scientists, involving regions and companies. Trans-European courses of study, scientific cooperation in teaching and research, and transnational knowledge transfer are to become a reality by 2025.
TU President Hans Jürgen Prömel ascribes the success of UNITE! to many years of successful cooperation: “For almost thirty years we have been working closely and trustingly with the six partners of the alliance in a joint network. UNITE! strives to be a role model for a truly integrated trans-European campus of a completely new quality that offers outstanding opportunities for students and teachers. At the same time, UNITE! aims at closely interconnecting our seven regions thereby creating a trans-European ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship.”
From Finland to Portugal
UNITE! extends from Finland to Portugal. As leading technical universities in their respective countries and regions, the partners are both central actors in their regional innovation ecosystems and drivers of the international networking of the regions. Via the multidisciplinary and multicultural education of their students, their aim is to prepare their graduates for the future demands of the labour market and enable them to solve global challenges. Therefore, UNITE! is receiving support from the EU of five million euros for the first three years.
Background to UNITE!
In addition to TU Darmstadt UNITE! includes Aalto University (Finland), the KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), the Grenoble Institute of Technology (France), the Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy), the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain) and the University of Lisbon (Portugal). Together the seven partners have 167,000 students and annually 36,700 graduates. They are already cooperating closely on more than 80 EU projects and have exchanged over 2,000 students in the past five years. They have all been members of the CLUSTER network (Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research) of twelve leading European technical universities since 1990.
MI-Nr. 50e/2019, Matthias Adam / Jana Freihöfer / Andreas Winkler