In a new European educational partnership, engineers will be trained to solve some of society’s major challenges from a holistic point of view.
An alliance of leading European technical universities has just launched a new educational partnership. The aim is to train the engineers of the future so they gain not only in-depth technical knowledge, but also an entrepreneurial understanding and a holistic perspective that can help solve some of society’s major challenges in areas such as foods, energy, health, and climate.
The ‘EuroTeQ Engineering Campus’ initiative originates from the EuroTech Universities Alliance in partnership with TalTech in Tallinn and Czech Technical University in Prague, and it will be financed by the EU to the tune of approximately EUR 5 million over the next three years.
The engineering programme is not only reserved for students from the partner universities of the EuroTech Universities Alliance, but also for engineers working in the business community—even those who do not have an academic degree, but who can offer solutions in areas such as communication. The partnership also involves large commercial enterprises such as Grundfos, Total, and BMW as well as interest groups such as IDA, the Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship, and City of Knowledge & Urban Development.
“DTU is proud to be part of the project. With the ‘EuroTeQ Engineering University’ initiative, we have launched a very ambitious plan that will boost European collaboration on our technical programmes,” says Philip Binning, Senior Vice President, Dean of Graduate Studies and International Affairs at DTU.
“We want to ensure that 50 per cent of our students—either physically or virtually—will be able to participate in the EuroTeQ partnership. In doing so, we will not only help to create a leading European campus across our alliance, but also promote cooperation between our education programmes, enabling us to solve society’s greatest challenges together across our borders.”
It is the French president, Emmanuel Macron, who has paved the way for the European university initiative. The aim is, over the next few years, to establish European university alliances that will help to create an even stronger position for European universities in the tough competition with the USA and Asia.