At the end of TU Darmstadt’s two-year CLUSTER Presidency, TU President Professor Tanja Brühl reflected positively on the presidency: “We succeeded in integrating students into the network to a greater extent with the foundation of the CLUSTER Student Organisation. I am convinced that their ideas will bring new impetus to the cooperation. Ultimately, students should continue to benefit from the CLUSTER to a great extent, whether in the form of dual degree programmes, summer schools or traditional student exchange opportunities.” Other main focuses of TU Darmstadt’s CLUSTER Presidency were the initiative to found the European Universities, from which the UNITE! alliance (University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering) emerged, and the establishment of an Erasmus coordination network.
The CLUSTER Team headed by TU President Tanja Brühl included Dr. Jana Freihöfer as CLUSTER Secretary General and Dr. Andreas Winkler as CLUSTER Coordinator.
The CLUSTER network consists of twelve elite technical universities in Europe – including TU Darmstadt. These European universities cooperate in the areas of study, teaching and research within the CLUSTER network and, amongst other things, offer joint dual degree programmes and submit joint applications for EU research grants. CLUSTER was founded in 1990 and celebrates 30 years of successful cooperation this year. The Anniversary Symposium planned for April 2020 had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.