The Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (h_da) is part of the “European University of Technology” under the permission of the European Commission. The eight universities involved convinced the EU Commission with their vision of a networked European University. Together, the university partners want to improve their quality and competitiveness and promote European values and identity. Numerous university members could benefit from the growing together of universities – students, for example, from better mutual recognition of academic achievements. EU Commissioner Thierry Breton is one of the supporters of the project. The h_da is one of only two selected universities for applied sciences in Germany.
The consortium led by the Technical University of Troyes brings together 100,000 students and 12,000 employees. The alliance with the name “European University of Technology”, or “EUt +” for short, will initially receive funding of five million euros – with good prospects for additional EU funds. In a pilot project, the partners first want to work out the focal points of the cooperation. This could include facilitating the exchange of scientists over longer periods of time – as well as closer coordination of teaching content so that students can seamlessly take modules at a partner university. At the end of this development, there could even be joint European degrees. The background to the merger is the shared realization that global challenges such as climate change, resource overuse and growing inequality, as well as the social consequences of digitization, can only be solved together.
The European University of Technology consists of eight alliance members:
- University of Technology of Troyes (France)
- Technical University of Sofia (Bulgaria)
- Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus)
- Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
- Technological University Dublin (Ireland)
- Riga Technical University (Latvia)
- Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
- Polytechnic University of Cartagena (Spain)