Joint initiatives in Education

Since its early days, the EuroTech Universities Alliance has acted as a platform for collaboration for its member graduate schools.

1:1 MSc programmes are another key building block of the Alliance activities in education.


Cooperation of the Graduate Schools

An annual meeting of the EuroTech Graduate Deans is a formal forum of exchange on joint activities and policy positioning. Several schemes for graduate schools cooperation have already been put into action:

Winter/Summer Schools Support Scheme
The EuroTech Universities Alliance is funding selected summer/winter schools, organized by doctoral candidates from the EuroTech Universities. This support scheme encourages exchanges between the partner Universities and builds a community between PhD candidates and faculties of EuroTech Universities, while giving doctoral candidates opportunities to acquire knowledge at the cutting edge of science & technology. In the last round, five Winter Schools were funded:  Advanced School on Immersed Methods (TU Eindhoven), Molecular Engineering of Synthetic Biological Systems (TU Einhoven), Computing Resilience (TU Munich), Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Machine Learning (EPFL) and New Trends in Chiral Magnetism (EPFL).

Policy Dialogue
The EuroTech Universities Alliance has engaged in the European policy dialogue on a number of occasions, be it individually or with other networks of leading European Universities of Science & Technology. As a core part of their mission of educating the workforce of tomorrow, leading universities of science and technology have developed innovative models of doctoral training.

Joint PhD Course Database
On 1 October 2014, the Graduate Schools across the EuroTech Universities launched a joint EuroTech PhD Course Database, a real testimonial of the intensive cooperation within the Alliance. The aim of the database is to increase visibility of and cooperation on PhD courses across the four universities. The rise in mobility among doctoral researchers will result in a more rational utilization of resources and in more research cooperation. The database contains all PhD courses from the four partner universities – both technical and non-technical – which are open and free to all doctoral candidates registered at one of the universities.

Joint Supervision of Doctoral Candidates
Formally signed by the Presidents of the EuroTech Universities, the Joint Supervision agreement between EuroTech's Graduate Schools aims to ensure a better doctoral experience and more formal recognition of the co-supervision in the thesis and the award diploma.

DTU: DTU PhD Office
Jeroen Van Hunen, Deputy to the Vice President Education for the Doctoral School
L'X: Alexandra Belus, Director of the Graduate School
TU/e: Tamara Busscher, TU/e Graduate School
TUM: Zizheng Zhang, International Cooperation & Alliances, TUM Graduate School

Joint Education Programmes

The EuroTech Universities offer several joint MSc programmes within selected areas. These programmes are developed bilaterally between two universities in the Alliance.



1:1 MSc programmes
The 1:1 MSc programmes are of two years' duration and have the following key features:

  • Students spend one year at each of the two universities offering the programme
  • The MSc thesis is co-supervised by a professor from each of the two universities
  • Students are registered as full degree students at their university of enrollment and as guest students at the partner university
  • Students obtain an MSc degree from the university where they are enrolled as full degree students and receive a certificate from both universities.

The EuroTech Universities currently offer the following 1:1 MSc programmes:

TUM-DTU 1:1 MSc Programme in Physics and Nanotechnology
TUM-DTU 1:1 MSc Programme in Environmental Engineering
TUM-DTU 1:1 MSc Programme in Computational Mechanics
EPFL-DTU 1:1 MSc Programme in Environmental Engineering
TUM-DTU 1:1 MSc Programme in Management
DTU-TUM 1:1 M.Sc. Programme in Energy Conversion and Storage (currently under development)

Double Degree MSc programme
Double Degree programmes are usually of two to three years duration. After studies at both institutions, students are awarded one diploma from each institution. The EuroTech Universities currently offer two double degree programmes:

TUM-EPFL double MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering (with focus on Automotive Technology)
TUM-EPFL double MSc degree in Mathematics

These programmes enable students to graduate from TUM as well as from EPFL after having successfully completed the defined programme of engineering studies. Applicants are selected jointly. TUM students spend the first three semesters at EPFL, then finish with one semester and a master thesis at TUM. EPFL students start their studies at their home institution, after two semesters continue with two semesters and a master thesis at TUM.

GreenTech Initiative

The Alliance has stimulated and guided joint research projects within areas of green technologies.  The EuroTech Universities have complementary experimental facilities and competences in this domain. The GreenTech initiative has promoted research on a scale that could not be achieved by one partner alone. The projects offer a platform for young researchers to collaborate across the EuroTech Universities, with PhD projects, mobility for postdocs and thematic summer schools.


Photo: Astrid Eckert

Energy Efficient Buildings & Communities (EEBC)
The research groups involved from the partner universities each have their own specialized focus in the field of EEBC.  The project has investigated how resources can be used more efficiently in the building sector and to increase energy efficiency. Overlapping and complementary competences benefit both research and education. The three-year project was awarded support from the Alliance in early 2012.

Interface Science for Photovoltaics (ISPV) 
This initiative has furthered the development of future photovoltaic technologies by combining the knowledge from the fields of thin film and organic photovoltaics. ISPV has focused on fundamental issues within solar cell research, bringing together two disciplines: thin film solar cells and polymer solar cells. The three-year project was awarded support from the Alliance in late 2012.

Wind Farms (Wind)
The goal of the Wind project is to make wind energy production efficient while lowering noise emission through fundamental insights into the interaction between atmospheric turbulence, wind turbines and terrain. The three-year project was awarded support from the Alliance in 2013.