TUM Brussels: First steps towards European Universities

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Together with partners from the EuroTech Universities Alliance and beyond, TUM endeavours to establish a European engineering degree combining technical and social sciences. This is the subject of the proposal “EuroTech Engineer Pilot Project’ submitted in response to the Erasmus+ pilot call for “European Universities” on February 28.

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With their plans to establish a European engineering degree, TUM and its partners responded to the Erasmus+ pilot call for “European Universities”. Photo: Fotolia
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A joint European degree course for a new generation of international talents. Photo: Alexander Niederklapfer / TUM

Driven by the EuroTech Universities Alliance, the “EuroTech Engineer Network” consists next to TUM of the Technical University of Denmark, École Polytechnique, the Technion, Eindhoven University of Technology, as well as Czech Technical University in Prague and Tallinn University of Technology.

Paradigm shift in European engineering education

The vision of this new network is to establish the first European curriculum for an engineering degree and become the leading European ecosystem for Education in Science and Technology. The ambition is to future-proof study programs in science and technology by anchoring the knowledge triangle in European values. Combining disciplinary expertise with competencies in social sciences and humanities will shape societally aware talent capable of taking adequate and sustainable decisions and accompanying and moderating technology-driven transformation processes.

A new generation of engineers

If funded, the EuroTech Engineer Pilot Project will be a first stepping-stone in turning this ambition into reality. “This proposal by the EuroTech Universities and its new partners is an ambitious step towards unique European engineering education”, says Wolfgang A. Herrmann, president of TUM and Co-Founder of the EuroTech Universities Alliance. “Human centered engineering, which includes societal aspects of innovation and design thinking lies at the center of future engineering. European students, employers and most importantly the society itself is looking for study programs that reflect this paradigm shift in mindset.”

The Erasmus+ pilot call is based on an idea originally brought forward by French President Emmanuel Macron in 2017 to create by 2025 a number of European Universities to strengthen the European High Education Area. As reaction, the Commission launched this first pilot call with a view to test ambitious new cooperation models in European higher education. The first call is set to co-fund twelve “European universities” with €5million each over a period of three years.

At TUM this proposal was led by the International Center and TUM Brussels in close collaboration with the TUM Board of Management.