TUM Brussels: Chips for Europe – building on our strengths

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Semiconductors are at the center of a global technology race and the digital transformation of our world. Global supply is insufficient to meet the rapidly increasing demand. Since 2020, we have been experiencing a shortage of chips, in Europe and worldwide. Coordinated by TUM Brussels liaison officer Valerie Schegk, a virtual exchange on the European Chips Act and overcoming dependencies in semiconductor production took place on May 5 as part of the EuroTech Deep Dive event series.

Prof. Daniel Pittich at the online event Chips for Europe
Prof. Daniel Pittich, Head at the Assistant Professorship of Technical Education at TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology, represented TUM at Chips for Europe. Photo: Anita Schneider / EuroTech

Europe must achieve more autonomy in the development and production of semiconductors. EU member states are currently drafting national strategies to increase capacities in order to reduce dependencies in the long term. The European Chips Act will integrate these national efforts into a coherent European vision. The European Chip Strategy for the Digital Decade has the overarching goal that the production of advanced and sustainable semiconductors in the EU will account for at least 20 percent of world production by 2030.

EuroTech Deep Dive: Insight into the chips crisis featuring a diverse panel

To respond to the recently published Commission proposal for a European Chips Act, the EuroTech Universities Alliance organized a special Policy Deep Dive on this topic under the leadership of TUM Brussels Liaison Officer Valerie Schegk. Technical universities can play a crucial role here:

  1. in developing technical solutions to address the chips crisis
  2. in educating and training the engineers of the future and the broader workforce

Under the title Chips for Europe: capitalising on our strengths in semiconductor innovation and skills, an extensive exchange around the European Chips Act took place with speakers from EuroTech partner universities, the European Parliament and the European Commission.

TUM expert Prof. Pittich believes in "the strength of universities”

On behalf of TUM, Prof. Daniel Pittich, Head at the Assistant Professorship of Technical Education at TUM School of Social Sciences and Technology, took part as a speaker. He emphasized the important role of universities in developing new competencies and shaping future-proof engineering education: "Bringing people together and pooling different expertise is the strength of universities."

The online event was followed by more than 100 participants from all over Europe. If you are interested in the further discussion points, you can watch the full recording on the EuroTech YouTube channel.

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