Alliances and Networks

Alliances and Networks

TU Darmstadt strengthens its position through strategic partnerships and networking with other universities, both in Germany and abroad.

In conjunction with neighbouring universities in Frankfurt and Mainz, TU Darmstadt is part of a strategic alliance of universities in the Rhine-Main region. Within the TU9 group of leading technical universities throughout Germany, TU Darmstadt contributes to developing excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, nationwide.

TU Darmstadt is a member of international networks that bring together leading technical universities across Europe.

Networks facilitate the pooling of interests and boost the visibility of the universities involved. They are also a sign of long-standing collaborative relationships built on trust, which in turn provide an institutional framework for joint research and teaching projects, as well as on an administrative level.


Rhine-Main Universities

Within the strategic alliance of Rhine-Main Universities, the research universities of the Rhine-Main economic region – Goethe University Frankfurt, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and TU Darmstadt – pool their complementary profiles and closely coordinate their cooperative activities when it comes to research, teaching, continuing education and fostering the next generation of academics and scientists. go



TU9 German Institutes of Technology e. V. is the alliance of leading technical universities in Germany: RWTH Aachen University, TU Berlin, TU Braunschweig, TU Darmstadt, TU Dresden, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), TU Munich and the University of Stuttgart. Half of engineering graduates in Germany are from TU9 universities. The current TU9 President is Professor Hans Jürgen Prömel, the President of TU Darmstadt.


Strategic Partnerships

SInce 1980, when TU Darmstadt and Tongji University in Shanghai signed a cooperation agreement, both universities maintain a tight partnership in teaching and research.

TU Darmstadt and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (short: Virginia Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia have signed a cooperation agreement for a strategic partnership in 2016.

In June 2017 TU Darmstadt and Technische Universität Graz in Austria have signed an cooperation agreement for a long-term strategic partnership. go



The Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research (CLUSTER) is a group of 12 elite European universities in science and engineering, including TU Darmstadt. CLUSTER is about intensive structural collaboration in the field of education and teaching – in the form of dual degree programmes, for example – and in research such as in the form of joint EU applications.



Comprising 55 members, the CESAER network has the main aim of pooling the interests of technical universities across Europe. Within this network, the focus is thus on issues such as developing a shared space for European research.



T.I.M.E stands for “Top Industrial Managers For Europe”. The network offers Double Degree programmes in engineering and in related fields between more than 50 technical universities, including TU Darmstadt and French Grandes Ecoles. As the oldest and well-established European network of engineering schools and technical universities, T.I.M.E promotes

exchange as well as Double Degree courses of graduates from all over Europe. Its goal is to offer students an excellent academic education which includes intercultural experience.


European University Association (EUA)

The EUA`s (European University Association) mission is to promote the development of a coherent system of European higher education and research. EUA aims to achieve this through active support and guidance to its members as autonomous institutions in enhancing the quality of their teaching, learning and research as well as their contributions to society.