New EU Commission, new Alliance ambition

Earlier this month, on 1 December, the new European Commission embarked on its ambitious journey, striving for a healthy planet and a new digital world. Committed to excellence in research and education, the EuroTech Universities Alliance is dedicated to make a difference and help pave the way to a climate-neutral future based on smart game-changing technologies.

To increase their impact, the Presidents of the six EuroTech Universities jointly defined new Focus Areas for their collaboration: ‘Sustainable Society’, ‘AI for Engineering Systems’ and ‘Additive Manufacturing’. These new fields with a strong sustainability focus will complement the successful existing Focus Areas ‘Health and Bio Engineering’ and ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship’.

During a dialogue with the Vice President of DTU’s Student Union on the occasion of the Alliance’s Annual High Level Event held in Brussels on 12 December, the EuroTech Universities Alliance President Thomas F. Hofmann (Technical University of Munich) underlined the important societal value of the Alliance’s ambitions:

“Uniting leading technical universities in Europe, the EuroTech Universities Alliance is in a unique position to support the new Commission’s goals towards a climate-neutral future. Technology is not a means to its own ends but needs to embody our European values and ethical principles. Human-centred engineering for responsible and trustful innovation aimed at protecting our mother nature lies at the bottom of our search for novelty. Our new Focus Areas demonstrate this joint commitment for research, education and innovation across the alliance partner institutions.”

Since 2015, the EuroTech Universities Alliance has anchored its activities in fast developing research and innovation areas, where the partner universities offer complementary strengths in education and research and which are of high relevance to Europe’s industrial leadership and address the grand societal challenges.

Browse the full news alert for more information about the new Focus Areas and past successes.