One of the roles of universities of science and technology is to serve society by
- supporting innovative research that serves the citizens and
- educating the new generation to embrace our societal values and to tackle the challenges our society is and will be facing.
Against this backdrop, “Sustainable Society” was an obvious Focus Area to establish for the EuroTech Universities, which decided to join their efforts under this broad headline in multiple, interdisciplinary topics such as energy, smart mobility, circular economy and more.
Furthermore, the six partners also work together on the development of sustainable campuses to transform their universities into living labs allowing research and student projects to draw on applied operations data and to test innovative technologies.
Contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Many of the 17 SDGs of the United Nations can be found under the umbrella of the Sustainable Society Focus Area. At the moment the Alliance focuses mainly on the following ones: SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities), and SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).