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Cooperation for excellent engineering education

European CLUSTER Association and Chinese universities agree on 'Harbin Roadmap'

Helmholtz Association


IMAGE: These are representatives of leading European and Chinese scientific and technical universities at the "3rd Sino-EU Workshop on Engineering Education " in Harbin, China. view more

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CLUSTER, an association of twelve leading scientific-technical universities in Europe, and eighteen leading Chinese universities have agreed on a closer cooperation in engineering education: The "Harbin Roadmap", among other things, plans to offer a Chinese-European doctoral school for sustainability engineering, a double master degrees program, and postgraduate summer and winter schools.

Chairman of CLUSTER, KIT President Professor Eberhard Umbach, and representative of the Chinese universities, Vice President of Harbin Institute of Technology REN Nanqi, signed the "Harbin Roadmap" on the occasion of the "3rd Sino-EU Workshop on Engineering Education" in Harbin, China. With this agreement, CLUSTER (Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research), that has been existing for more than two decades, has reached a significant milestone in the cooperation with its international partners. CLUSTER is committed to promoting progress and exchange in research, teaching, and innovation.

In 2010, CLUSTER together with 18 leading Chinese technical and scientific universities established the "Sino-European Engineering Education Platform" (SE3P) in Shanghai to advance cooperation in the education of engineers. Placing emphasis on the promotion of gifted students, student exchange, advanced training for lecturers, development of teaching materials, and cooperation in research projects, the objective is to raise engineering education to the highest level. All partner institutions will mutually profit from the expertise of the Chinese and European universities.

"The 'Harbin Roadmap' articulates concrete steps to cooperate. Starting from 2013, several 'Sino-EU Doctoral Schools' will be set up, for example for Sustainability Engineering (SESE)," points out Secretary General of CLUSTER Professor Jürgen Becker from the KIT. Each of these international doctoral schools will offer ten to fifteen doctoral projects, with two to four SE3P universities from Europe and China participating in each one.

The "SE3P Double Master Degrees Program" is open to European and Chinese Students. Summer and winter schools are to bring together postgraduates from Europe and China and strengthen the links between the universities. The European and Chinese universities will enhance engineering education and expand cooperation with the industry. Besides, a number of activities, such as an engineers competition and a students' summer school, are planned for 2013.

The next Sino-EU Workshop on Engineering Education will take place in 2013 in Karlsruhe under the CLUSTER presidency of the KIT.


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