Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, will join the EuroTech Universities Alliance as of January 1, 2019. The announcement follows the accession of France’s École Polytechnique to the Alliance in June 2018. This step increase in the Alliance’s membership base will further strengthen its position as pioneer for inter-university collaboration.
“The EuroTech Universities are excellent research-based universities recognized within their innovation eco-systems as highly dynamic motors with an outstanding capacity to help translate basic research into societal solutions”, says Jan Mengelers, President of the EuroTech Universities Alliance. “With the EuroTech Universities Alliance, we are pooling our complementary strengths. Technion is a “perfect match” to join – and boost this joint endeavour, given its scientific excellence and vibrant innovation ecosystem.” This is underlined by 84 ERC grants and numerous spin-offs from the university's T³ (Technion Technology Transfer) incubator.
“Technion is thrilled and honoured to join the EuroTech Universities Alliance”, says Technion President, Prof. Peretz Lavie. “We live in an era in which international and interdisciplinary collaborations are vital to the future of scientific research. The combination of the great strengths of the members of the alliance will help us ensure we are at the forefront of scientific research, benefiting millions worldwide.“
Lively partnership with TUM
"TUM and Technion reached their first agreement on academic and scientific collaboration as early as 1990. Over the years this collaboration has grown into a partnership on many levels, with lively exchange between students and employees and in numerous joint research projects. Some examples are the current nine EU-financed projects in information technologies, flight system dynamics and in biochemistry. Thus we know with great certainty that with Technion we are bringing an outstanding new member into the Alliance," says TUM President Prof. Wolfgang A. Herrmann.
Next call of the EuroTech Postdoc Programme
As one of the first cross-country fellowship programs, the EuroTech Postdoc Programme provides 80 promising fellows unique access to the research expertise and infrastructures across the EuroTech Universities while at the same time offering exclusive entrepreneurship and mobility opportunities in several of Europe’s top high-tech eco-systems. The second call of the program co-funded by “Horizon 2020” will be published on November 30.
Recognizing what alliances of universities can achieve when pooling resources and combining strengths, the European Commission launched a pilot scheme in support of European university networks in October.
The EuroTech Universities Alliance is a strategic partnership of leading universities of science and technology committed to excellence in research and jointly developing solutions to the grand challenges of society. The members are: Technical University of Denmark (DTU), École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), École Polytechnique (L’X), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and TUM.
Technion was founded in 1912 and was Israel’s first university. Today, Technion is acclaimed as the source of ingenuity behind Israel’s status as the world’s “Start-Up Nation”. Technion innovation has a high global impact in areas including life-saving medicine, sustainable energy, water conservation, computer science, and nanotechnology. Technion, with 18 faculties and close to 60 research centres, offers degrees in science and engineering, architecture, medicine, industrial management, and education.