Partners from the EuroTech Universities Alliance and beyond have set in motion their common ambition to establish a unique European engineering educational offer that contributes to Europe’s competitiveness and protects European values. This is the focus of a proposal led by Technical University of Munich (TUM) which was submitted this week in response to the Erasmus+ pilot call for “European Universities”.
Driven by the EuroTech Universities Alliance, the “EuroTech Engineer Network” consists of Technical University of Denmark, École Polytechnique, the Technion, Eindhoven University of Technology, Technical University of Munich, as well as Czech Technical University in Prague and Tallinn University of Technology.
The long-term vision of this new network is to become the leading European ecosystem for Education in Science and Technology. The ambition is to “future proof” study programmes in science and technology, in order to address the changing needs of society by anchoring the knowledge triangle in European values. By combining excellence in science and technology with a strong focus on entrepreneurship and transversal skills, the EuroTech Engineer Network will shape societally-aware talent capable of taking adequate and sustainable decisions and accompanying and moderating technology-driven transformation processes.
Paving the way towards a unique European engineering education
If funded, the EuroTech Engineer Pilot Project will be a first stepping stone to turn this ambition into reality. “This proposal by the EuroTech Universities and its new partners is an ambitious step towards truly European engineering education”, says Wolfgang A. Herrmann, President of Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Co-Founder of the EuroTech Universities Alliance. “Human-centred engineering which includes societal aspects of innovation and design thinking lies at the centre of the future of engineering. At the same time, students are looking for study programmes that reflect this paradigm shift in mindset,” adds Wolfgang A. Herrmann.
For the proposal, the EuroTech Universities Alliance partners have extended their collaboration to the Czech Technical University in Prague and Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) due to their excellent reputation in collaborative education. “Engineering and IT go hand in hand at our university, which is reflected in our innovative study programmes,” says TalTech’s Rector Jaak Aaviksoo and states: “We believe modern technologies shall be even more extensively introduced into everyday teaching practice to the benefit of all students enrolled in the EuroTech Engineer Network.”
Background & more details
- EuroTech Universities Alliance Announcement on EuroTech Engineer Network, March 2019
- EuroTech Education Strategy
- European Universities Initiative (European Commission Website)
- EuroTech Presidents’ Opinion Piece, February 2018