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Four leading technical universities in Europe; one EuroTech Universities alliance and a collective desire to put the technical science on the EU agenda. The undertaking is unprecedented and includes establishing the first lobbying office in Brussels, where four technical universities have joined forces. The office opened in October 2012 in Brussels. The overall task of the office is to ensure that the EuroTech Universities alliance of leading technical universities from Denmark, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands becomes known as a valuable research, education and innovation partner. The office will also focus its efforts on making European politicians aware of the need to give high priority to technical scientific research and development. DTU President Anders Bjarklev explains: “With the opening of this office, we are sending a clear message to EU decision-makers that we want to shoulder our share of the responsibility to increase growth and innovation in Europe. This will be done by focusing strategically on getting the scientific and technical solutions out into the community. By pooling our resources in the alliance, we believe that we can make a much bigger difference than if we stood alone. In the alliance we have already launched several joint research projects, and the 11 EuroTech Universities EuroTech Universities is a strategic alliance of leading technical universities in Europe. Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), and Technische Universität München (TUM) collaborate on identifying technical solutions for solving society’s challenges: energy, food, health, communication and mobility. At the same time, the alliance offers transnational study programmes at all levels—from Bachelor to Master to PhD, along with summer courses as well as student and scholar exchange programmes. The EuroTech Universities join forces in Brussels office will work to build bridges to EU institutions, European companies and partners.” The alliance has already identified three interdisciplinary Green Tech areas where the universities are leaders and where the joint efforts can help to solve some of society’s major challenges. The areas are: Energy Efficient Buildings and Communities, Wind Energy, and Interface Science for Photo Voltaics. PHO TO EURO TECH UNIVERSI TIES From left to right: President Anders Bjarklev, DTU; President Patrick Aebischer, EPFL; Head of Brussels Office Andrew Sors; President Wolfgang A. Herrmann, TU München, and Rector magnificus Hans van Duijn, TU/e. DTU in profile 2013


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