CLUSTER (Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research) is a consortium of 12 elite European Universities in Science and Engineering (and architecture) with associate members from around the world. CLUSTER represents a Multi-location European University of Science and Technology with about 3.000 professors, 11.000 academic staff, 14.000 PhD students, with a total of more than 140,000 students.
In a world facing unprecedented challenges, engineering, science and technology play a central role. The wellbeing of our society depends on our answers to such challenges, that cannot be founded by a single nation or engineering discipline. Instead, they call for truly international, multi-disciplinary collaboration and a new mind set. It is thus largely in our hands to breed a new generation of engineers with leadership and entrepreneurial skills. CLUSTER is an active platform in the promotion and creation of frameworks aiming to tackle these societal issues.
CLUSTER evolved from being focused only on Engineering Education to be, nowadays, acting on the so-called knowledge triangle comprising Education, Research and Innovation.
In 2015, CLUSTER celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary with a symposium on Challenges and Frontiers in Engineering Education in Eindhoven. CLUSTER has come a long path where the role of Engineering Education has been questioned and best practices and policies for running our institutions to breed talent have been defined. In 2017, it is time for the next CLUSTER symposium, this time on Integrating entrepreneurship into engineering education.