The panel discussion featured a study commissioned by the EUA on the role of universities in innovation ecosystems. Overall, the study covers nine case studies, TUM is one of them, in different regional contexts and with different approaches to innovation. On the podium, President Herrmann and President Niemelä, together with high level representatives of the EU Commission, discussed current challenges modern universities are facing and the importance of the support by Europe.
On the occasion of the event, TUM also built up on its European engagement further. Together with President Niemelä, President Herrmann signed a MoU between TUM and Aalto to strengthen the future cooperation of the universities. The signing took place in the Bavarian representation in Brussels. The focus of the cooperation will be innovation, entrepreneurship, design, and biogenic raw materials.
The day in Brussels was rounded up by a meeting between President Herrmann and Antonio Vicente, Chief of Staff of European Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas. The discussion included topics such as the new European Innovation Council (EIC) and the better integration of social sciences and humanities in engineering.