TUM Brussels: Engineering the University of the Future – Proposal for European Universities Initiative submitted

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Science and technology are crucial to tackle the grand challenges the world is facing in terms of food, energy, health, climate, inclusivity and security. At the same time, current trends show a concerning rise in technophobia, the questioning of scientific insights and a loss of confidence in institutions and in the importance of international cooperation. Together with EuroTech partners and beyond, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) will introduce a new approach to foster a strong symbiotic link between society and a future-proof engineering education, aspiring responsible value co-creation in technology with the recently initiated EuroTeQ Engineering University.

The EuroTeQ universities visualized on a map of Europe
The six partner universities of the EuroTeQ Engineering University are strongly inter-connected and represent Northern, Western as well as Central and Eastern Europe. Graphic: allroundMEDIAGmbH

The EuroTeQ Engineering University emerges from the EuroTech Universities Alliance taking on board two excellent partners: Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) from Estonia and the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) from the Czech Republic. In our joint proposal for the second pilot call of the European Universities Initiative by the European Commission, we put forward an unprecedented approach to collaborative education that not only brings together various countries, but also a broad coalition of stakeholders in industry, society, and both academic and non-academic education, based on existing tight bonds between the partner universities and their regional eco-systems.

“Technical Universities are key societal stakeholders and have the responsibility to lead the change for a sustainable future by steering and moderating technological advances and economic growths”, says  Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Müller. “We are determined to address current developments that challenge societal cohesion and democratic values, like growing inequality and the resulting increases in isolationist attitudes.” The Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at TUM is convinced that together with our European partners, we can create an open university that fosters the mutual understanding between all stakeholders responsible for collaborative technology driven value creation and enhances societal permeability.”

With his counterparts at the six partner universities, he has developed a strong proposal for EuroTeQ Engineering University to become a European University. The meaning of ‘Engineering University’ here is twofold: to provide excellent education to our future engineers and to engineer the University of the Future to become a role model for the European Higher Education Area and beyond.

A decision is expected in summer 2020. In case of a positive evaluation, the three-year project will start at the end of this year. Regardless of the funding decision, the EuroTech Universities Alliance will work together with the new partners on a common strategy in education, in line with the existing activities in research and innovation, well-prepared for engineering the University of the Future.