Universities united for the best Horizon Europe, 8 November 2018

Leuven, 8th November 2018

View the statement here

The Framework Programme (FP) for Research & Innovation (R&I) aims to “deliver scientific, economic and social impact […] to strengthen the scientific and technological basis of the Union, and foster its competitiveness” . Cluster and thirteen European associations representing universities stress that recent developments in the negotiations within the European Parliament are undermining these aims. Building on our prior statement ‘Universities united for the best Horizon Europe’, these universities consortium want to underline in a common statement that:

1. The Framework Programme should continue to set the standard for excellence in Europe.

Excellence should be promoted wherever it occurs. Excellent researchers and innovators from all European countries should be stimulated to participate in the FP. We acknowledge that the current R&I divide is pressing, however it should be addressed through the reinforcement of synergies with regional funds and national measures, rather than be treated as a specific objective of the FP.

2. International collaboration between EU member states and other countries must be stimulated.

Research activities are in essence international. The FP should stimulate and facilitate participation of third countries. Furthermore, all associated countries should be allowed to fully participate in the FP. This will guarantee the attractiveness of the FP for researchers and innovators and ensure the desired impact.

We support the European Parliament’s plea for a considerable increase of the Horizon Europe budget, and want to reiterate that the necessary budget to accomplish its projected objectives is €160 billion. We also urge the European institutions to work towards a smooth start of Horizon Europe on 1 January 2021.

Great ranking of CLUSTER members in the 2018-REUTERS ranking “The world’s most Innovative Universities”

Known as one of the most famous University rankings, Reuters’ ranking “world’s most innovative Universities” was published at the beginning of October 2018. This ranking spotlights the dynamic of CLUSTER by standing out from the crowd some of its members. KU Leuven (Belgium) reached an astonishing 7th place in the ranking! This makes KU Leuven the first non-american university.


Not far behind, on the 12th place, is the federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland). Another CLUSTER member, Karlsruhe Insitute of Technology (Germany), is also nominated in this ranking (92th). Furthermore, two associate members of CLUSTER, Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), Tsinghua University (China) are also in the Top 100 with respectively the 29th, 44th place.

This ranking is based on several data including patent volume, patent success, width of the patents, patents citation and impact, numbers of articles published and their impact (quotations) and others similar criteria. To see the full methodology, report directly to the Reuters’s explanation.

CLUSTER congratulates all of its members and associate members for their performances in the Reuters’ ranking, especially KU Leuven for it’s top 10! These results are a true motivating factor for all of members and enhance the renown of CLUSTER.

E4T mid-term open event, 24-25 October 2018, Karlsruhe

On behalf of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project Entrepreneurship Education Ecosystems in Engineering and Technology (E4T), Karlsruhe Institue of Technology invites you to the mid-term open event in Karlsruhe on October 24-25.

The aim of the event is to invite experts in the field of entrepreneurship education. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking with other experts.

Furthermore, the participation in the event is free of charge and registered participants will be offered one complimentary night at the Hotel Achat Plaza, dinner on October 24 and lunch on October 25. Participant are however expected to cover their travel costs with own funds.

Online registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DTMWVFC
Please register as soon as possible (first come first serve).

Please find the agenda and program information in the following document: E4T dissemination event.pdf

The Entrepreneurship Education Ecosystems in Engineering and Technology (E4T) is an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership including KTH Royal Institute of Technology (coordinator), Aalto University (co-coordinator), Trinity College Dublin, TU Darmstadt, Politecnico di Torino, Instituto Superior Técnico Lisboa, and KU Leuven.

The project will last 3 years, from 2018 to 2020, and its overall objective is to provide more graduates in engineering with entrepreneurial ambition, culture, and skills. The project also aims to increase the awareness of the importance of entrepreneurial skills and competences for international engineering education within university ecosystems and beyond.

If you have any questions or need further information, kindly send an E-Mail to Mirko Varano (varano@kth.se) or Mette Svensson (mettesv@kth.se).

9th workshop of SEEEP, 25-27 September 2018, Qingdao

The 9th Workshop of Sino-European Engineering Education Platform was held at China University of Petroleum (East China)—UPC, in Qingdao, Shandong Province, P.R. China from September 25 to 27, 2018.

Participants of the 9th SEEEP Workshop

Topics of the workshop were:

  • Engineering education reform & practice
  • Entrepreneurship, innovation & industry collaboration
  • SEEEP project development experience sharing and education internationalization

Please also see: http://seeep.upc.edu.cn/

International Forum “Student technology entrepreneurship”, 14-16 November 2018, Tomsk

Any modern university takes on additional roles for developing the social and economic environment of its city and region. Institutes for higher education start understanding the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation. Entrepreneurial mission is becoming one of the priority goals for most institutes of higher education in Russia.

One of the instruments to achieve this goal is to develop entrepreneurial skills and entrepreneurial thinking of students. Technological breakthrough is impossible without competent and talented youth. We need specialists who are able to determine development directions, set up goals and take responsibility for them. They should not only find current scientific possibilities but also be able to provide their practical application in order to meet the needs of consumers, industry and economics.

Moreover, it is becoming more and more important for big companies and corporations to have flexible employees who are ready for risk and able to design new products and innovations and bring them into the market.

Entrepreneurial thinking and spirit are becoming necessary competences for engineers and innovators.

The Forum “Student technology entrepreneurship” is a unique platform with an ideal environment for efficient interaction between concerned parties in the field of technology entrepreneurship for students.

The purpose of the Forum is to reveal best practices of entrepreneurial skill development of students from technical specializations and to apply them in modern universities.

The forum tasks:

  • To gather best practices of developing technology entrepreneurship skills for students;
  • To share experiences for betterment of existing methodologies for developing entrepreneurial competences of students in the field of science and technology;
  • To prepare a list of recommendations for the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation on entrepreneurship education for students with technical specializations.

Main participants of the Forum:

  • Universities (Russian, Asian and European) – developing entrepreneurial thinking, skills and spirit for students in technology (engineers and innovators).
  • Infrastructure – searching for competent specialists in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
  • Corporations – searching for competent specialists for running and developing internal start-up projects.

The organizers of the Forum:

  • Tomsk Polytechnic University;
  • Tomsk region administration (on approval).

The partners of the Forum:

  • Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research (CLUSTER);
  • Association for Engineering education of Russia;
  • Autonomous non-profit organization «eNano» (RUSNANO group);
  • Association “Nonprofit partnership “Promotion of innovative technologies “Business partners”

The following events are planned to be held on the Forum:

November, 14th

  • Forum opening event – discussion platform “Student technology entrepreneurship: the role of the university in developing entrepreneurship competences”.
  • Round table discussions: “Best practices of developing technology entrepreneurship for students”, “Corporate entrepreneurship: how to train specialists for corporations?”
  • 7th Annual business projects contest “10K: ideas for life” (satellite event).

November, 15th

  • Expert seminar “Developing entrepreneurial thinking and skills for students in technology during their education process”.

More infos soon! Stay tuned!

International Staff Training Week, 8-12 October 2018, Lisbon


Tecnico Lisboa, of the University of Lisbon is pleased to announce that it’s International Staff Training Week will be held from 8 to12 October, 2018.

The five-day programme has a unique format which will include Guest speakers, regular sessions, debates, workshops, along with the opportunity to disseminate your university at the international exhibition (I-Day) and World café, cultural activities and social events. The outcome is to exchange experiences and know-how and participants who will learn from good practices of the partner institutions, obtaining the skills that are relevant for their jobs and their professional development.


Detailed  programme information is available at Staff Training Week 2018 or download a brochure here.

The Staff Training Week is open to international relations professionals, administrative staff from international partners and non-partner Universities, as well as staff members from all Portuguese universities.

This initiative will enhance skills in 5 main areas:

1.              International Visibility;

2.              Dynamic Networks and Strategic Partnerships;

3.              International Student Recruitment Strategies;

4.              International Events/Fairs @ 2 campuses (Partner Exhibition & World Cafe);

5.              Job Shadowing Meetings.

Participation in the exhibition is strictly for our international partners, but national professionals are welcome to assist and network with our international partners.  The fair is used to disseminate international mobility opportunities to our students. Previous editions received more than 1000 students.

How to apply?

Fill in the application form as soon as possible, pay and benefit from a special discount. The Fee includes participation in exhibition (booth) / World café (coffee table) workshops, debate, guest speakers and cultural and social events. The online application is already open.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us at international@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

We would appreciate it if you could pass this information to interested persons in the international affairs area of your University.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Universities united for the best Horizon Europe, 15 June 2018

In the wake of the European Commission’s release of its outline for the Ninth Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon Europe), 14 European associations representing universities united to respond to the proposal. For universities, creating the best Horizon Europe possible is paramount as the programme is a key enabler in achieving European ambitions and strengthening values. By reinforcing research and innovation, Horizon Europe will impact the daily life of European citizens, European society as a whole and the European economy.

See the statement Universities united for the best Horizon Europe June 2018 made by the fourteen university associations.

9th SEEEP Workshop, 25-27 September 2018

The 9th SEEEP Workshop will on Engineering Education will be held at China University of Petroleum (East China) – UPC, in Qingdao Shandong Province, P.R. China from 25 September to 27 September 2018. In 2018, UPC will also organize a series of activities of celebrating the 65th anniversary of the founding of China University of Petroleum. At this special occasion, we cordially invite you to the 9th SEEEP Workshop and witness her 65 years development course. Moreover representatives from some renowned Chinese and European government organizations, research institutions, industries and embassies and consulates are also invited to the event.

For more informations (programm, participants), please see the second round annoucement of the workshop.

Change of CLUSTER Presidency on 1 July 2018

Andreas Winkler
Dr. Andreas Winkler
Jana Freihöfer
Dr. Jana Freihöfer
Hans Jürgen Prömel
CLUSTER’s New President, Professor Dr. Hans Jürgen Prömel, President of TU Darmstadt.

The General Assembly 2018 of CLUSTER held in Darmstadt on 13 April 2018 elected TU Darmstadt (TUDa) to hold the next presidency of CLUSTER for 2018-2020. TUDa’s President Hans Jürgen Prömel will be the new CLUSTER President, Dr. Jana Freihöfer the new Secretary General and Dr. Andreas Winkler the new Coordinator. TUDa’s presidency will start on 1 July 2018 and end on 30 June 2020.

In the upcoming two years TUDa’s mission for CLUSTER is to elaborate and execute possibilities of contribution within the new Euro-political vision of European universities networks. This recent European initiative had been first addressed in September 2017 by French President Macron in his speech on European policy at the Sorbonne, suggesting the establishment of truly integrated European universities. Based on more than 27 years of extensive and successful collaboration in engineering education, research and staff training CLUSTER is ideally positioned for contributing to the development of this new initiative.

Jana Freihöfer

As the Head of the International Relations and Mobility Department of TUDa Dr. Jana Freihöfer is responsible for TU Darmstadt’s international partnerships, student exchange, double degree programs, memberships in international universities’ networks and the internationalisation strategy. She holds a Master from King’s College London and a Ph.D. from Heidelberg University. With her broad experience in international affairs and her aspiration to develop joint innovative and future-oriented objectives for the network she will act as CLUSTER Secretary General for the upcoming two years.

Andreas Winkler

Dr. Andreas Winkler, funding and policy advisor for internationalisation at TUDa, brings his experience in internationalisation strategies and in European funding projects. For the last three years he had been working on project development and grant writing, as well as managing and coordinating projects. He holds a Master in geography, political science and media studies as well as a Ph.D. from University of Bamberg. With this practical experience and passion for internationalisation he is the right choice for coordinating CLUSTER.

The Presidency of CLUSTER is personal and not attached to universities. The CLUSTER President must be a rector or president of one of the full members and is supported by a Secretary General to be appointed by the CLUSTER President among his/her staff members and a Coordinator. The Presidency rotates every 2 years and re-election is possible.

Technische Universität Darmstadt

A leading university of technology

Since its foundation in 1877, TU Darmstadt has played its part in addressing the urgent issues of the future with pioneering achievements and outstanding research and teaching.

TU Darmstadt focusses on selected, highly relevant problem areas. Technology is at the heart of all our disciplines at TU Darmstadt. The Natural Sciences as well as Social Sciences and Humanities cooperate closely with Engineering.

In order to expand its expertise strategically, TU Darmstadt maintains a variety of partnerships with companies and research institutions. It is a vital driving force in the economic and technological development of the Frankfurt-Rhein-Neckar metropolitan area.

Our excellent research has been recognised by multiple grants within the Excellence Initiative. Our graduates enjoy an excellent reputation in the business world. Our outstanding performance makes us one of the leading universities of technology in Germany and has earned us international visibility and renown.

Excellent opportunities

Students and academics at TU Darmstadt combine outstanding research with robust practical applicability. This is how we create excellent opportunities on all rungs of the career ladder.

We qualify our students for demanding jobs in science and business with courses that are research-oriented, but also prepare them for the requirements of working life. Our students evolve into creative, discriminating individuals. The international nature of our courses guarantees a formative experience and openness towards international students. A degree from TU Darmstadt bears a quality label that opens up the best career opportunities.

At TU Darmstadt, scientists will find a stimulating, highly supportive environment for both post-graduate work and further scientific careers. They work in international teams and in close cooperation with academic and corporate partners. TU Darmstadt’s culture of cooperation paves the way for outstanding achievements.

” TU Darmstadt is one of Germany’s leading universities of technology and member of the TU9 alliance of leading German Institutes of Technology. With 27.000 students TU Darmstadt is ranked No. 2 for third party funding in engineering among German universities and is the most attractive research university in Germany for visiting Humboldt scholars.”

SEEEP PhD Summer School 2018 Energy Storage and flexibility 20-31 August 2018

The yearly 2-week Energy PhD school will take place at KTH in Stockholm and TU Eindhoven between 20 and 31 August. The theme of the PhD school this year is “Energy Storage and Flexibility”. Students will have a schedule with lectures, excursions and project work in an international working environment where students will come from European Universities as well as Chinese Universities.

Selected high level lectures will be given by expert Professors from Shanghai Sjao Tong University, Zheijang University, KTH The Royal Institute of Technology and TU Eindhoven on topics encompassing energy production and consumption, renewable energy technology, sustainability,  energy storage technology and energy grids and flexibility.

Accommodation, breakfast and lunch is included for students. In Eindhoven the students are offered a complimentary bike arrangement. Travel to KTH and Eindhoven should be paid by the students or their home departments. The course renders 4.0 ECTS.

CLUSTER students are eligible to apply to the school with a CV and a motivation letter. Students will be selected based on their application. Please upload your application no later than June 30, 2018 to this web forum:


Outcome of the selection is due July 3. If you are selected, you need to confirm by July 5 so that we can make the necessary arrangements and reservations.

Hope to see you in Stockholm and Eindhoven this year,

See also the Announcement of the SEEEP PhD summer school 2018


On behalf of the organizing committee:

Prof. David Smeulders TU/e and Prof. Björn Laumert KTH