The "European University of Technology - EUt+" Alliance, of which Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) is a member, is one of the 24 winners of the second call for proposals for pilot initiatives to create European Universities of the future.
This successful bid will support the eight-member transnational Alliance to establish a pioneering collaborative model that will revolutionise the quality and competitiveness of technologically-focused higher education in Europe.
TU Dublin, with its 28,000 students, will become the Dublin campus of this vast group of 100,000 students. With this highly significant award, the University is taking a new step forward in its development and putting in place a new Alliance that will be at the forefront of shaping the future of European higher education.
Welcoming the announcement, President of Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin), Professor David FitzPatrick said, "As Ireland's first Technological University, a key strategic ambition for TU Dublin, is to increase and deepen our partnerships with Higher Education institutions across Europe. As a member of the EUt+ Alliance, TU Dublin is keen to create a new EU-wide model of education, which equips students with the knowledge and skills required to secure Europe's global competitiveness and to play an active, responsible role in society. Today's announcement will also see our researchers collaborate with colleagues across the EUt+ Alliance to develop impactful, multi-disciplinary research delivering creative, tangible solutions for the real world."
The first official milestone in the creation of the European University of Technology was reached on February 4th last in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, when the Presidents and rectors of the Alliance signed a Memorandum of Understanding, laying the foundations of this future European University.
On February 26th, the eight partners of the European University of Technology initiative submitted their application to the call launched by the European Commission.
The presidents and rectors of the eight universities of the Alliance holding the Memorandum of Understanding
TU Dublin is a member of this European University of Technology alliance, EUt+, with the ambition to create a new type of European University that is locally anchored in each of our regions and globally connected. This new model will help prepare technologically responsible citizens to face the unprecedented challenges of our time. With this project, the partners are committed to creating a sustainable future for the students and learners of European countries, the collaborators of each institution and for the territories hosting each campus.
The eight partners making up EUt+ are:
- Hochschule Darmstadt, University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
- Rīgas Tehniskā universitāte (Latvia)
- Technological University Dublin (Ireland)
- Технически университет София, Technical University of Sofia (Bulgaria)
- Τεχνολογικό Πανεπιστήμιο Κύπρου, Cyprus University of Technology (Cyprus)
- Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (Spain)
- Universitatea Tehnică din Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
- Université de technologie de Troyes (France)
EUt+ core principles
EUt+ is built around a common vision, a central pillar, "Think human first", from which the following principles are derived:
- Developing a technology that is above all human
- Taking advantage of diversity and multilingualism as an opportunity
- Developing an inclusive university for all
EUt+ in a few facts and figures
- 8 European partners, eight countries
- 100,000 students
- 12,000 staff
- An integrated University
- Towards one European diploma and degree system
With its complementarities, EUt+ draws on the strengths of each of its partners to create the University of Technology of tomorrow. Our vision and mission are underpinned by the pivotal role that technology plays in forging an inclusive and sustainable future: humanity today faces challenges of unprecedented breadth such as climate change, overused resources, growing inequality, and the social consequences of the digital era. Answers to these challenges necessarily involve technology, but they need to be multi-faceted. They must take into account the needs and aspirations of people and of our environment, they must be respectful of individual freedom and diversity.
This can only be achieved by empowering technologically responsible citizens, and researchers who fully comprehend the potential of technology as well as the risks of neglecting its purpose. This requires a fundamentally new approach to technology and the training of people to foster it. It requires a new model of University.
The radical changes that will have to take place require fundamentally new approaches to technology and training that structure the proposal to create the European University of Technology.
Strong student involvement
Within each University of the Alliance, students were actively involved in the development of the concept of the European University of Technology. Before the coronavirus crisis, exchange meetings were held in Darmstadt and Cluj-Napoca, so that the main stakeholders could share information and points of view. This ongoing exchange now continues at a distance.
On February 4th 2020, student representatives took the initiative of drafting and signing their own declaration setting out the main principles that they would like to see, develop within EUt+.
A strongly supported initiative
The EUt+ initiative has won the support of two important figures on the European political scene: Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market, and Michel Barnier, Commission Chief Negotiator and Head of the Task Force for Relations with the United Kingdom.
The initiative is also supported by more than 40 associated partners including SEFI, the European Society of Engineering Education, employers' federations and chambers of commerce and industry, local authorities, incubators, alumni associations and more than 350 companies.
To see the support videos made by Michel Barnier and Thierry Breton for the European University of Technology or to learn more about EUt, visit their website.