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TU Dublin part of European University of Technology consortium

Posted: 15 April, 2019

TU Dublin is one of seven universities that have come together to respond to the EU Commission’s call for proposals to create a European University “to reinforce and structure cooperation among higher education institutions”.

President of TU Dublin, Professor David FitzPatrick, Science Attaché, Embassy of France, Marc Dumas, Vice-présidente du Sénat, Mme Hélène Conway-Mouret and President, Université de Technologie de Troyes, Professor Pierre Koch.

The over-arching theme of the consortium is to Think Human First, and the aim is to embark on a programme of inclusive and sustainable development of society and the economy, as well as cultural and civic engagement.

In addition to Technological University Dublin (Ireland), the consortium includes Technical University of Sofia (Bulgaria), Hochschule Darmstadt, University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Rigas Tehnicka Universitate (Latvia), Universitatea Tehnica din Clug-Napoca (Romania), and Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, (Spain), and is coordinated by the Université de Technologie de Troyes (France).

An inaugural meeting of the consortium was convened in TU Dublin, hosted by the President, Professor David FitzPatrick.  In addition to representatives of the partner universities, the meeting was also joined by M. Marc Daumas representing the Embassy of France to Ireland and by a Vice President of the Sénat de France, Mme Heléne Conway-Mouret. 

Responding to the call for proposals, the meeting developed a vision for EUt+ which has been submitted to DGEAC, with actions outlined under the following five headlines:

  • Think human first: a humanist vision of the socio-technical world and a renewal of the relationship of society to technology
  • Renewed missions: a transformation in the quality, performance and effectiveness of technology-focused higher education
  • A multi-cultural, immersive, innovative pedagogy: a multilingual learning environment with harmonized curricula and shared infrastructure
  • Integration towards a European diploma: by 2025, EUt+ will be a global gateway for learning, research and innovation
  • Pilot experiments: by 2025 a series of pilot initiatives and experiments will lead to concrete outcomes in qualifications, citizen participation, policy guidance on technology issues and a common academic press

According to Timothée Toury, academic at the University of Technology Troyes (UTT), “Rather than imposing a prior superstructure, it was chosen to test governance methods by a large number of actions covering all the missions of the European University of Technology (EUt+).    These experiments will shape the future governance of EUt+. “

The EU Commission is currently considering submissions from a number of consortia.

Gemma Irvine, Head of Policy & Strategic Planning, Higher Education Authority and Professor Brian Norton, Principal of TU Dublin - City Campus