University Network for Innovation, Technology and Engineering

UNITE! is a network of universities in seven countries that will set a new model for a European virtual and physical inter-university campus.

UNITE! will connect engineering, science and technology with the grand challenges of society in co-creation by students, faculty and staff – providing skills for a new generation of European and global citizens.

UNITE! will transform European higher education through multidisciplinary, multicultural and multilingual education, research and entrepreneurship.

UNITE! is a network of universities extended from Finland to Portugal, connecting European regions of economic prospect, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Together the seven partners have 167,000 students and annually 36,700 graduates. They are already cooperating closely on more than 80 EU projects.

UNITE! already builds on three decades of close and dedicated cooperation on different aspects of higher education, research, innovation and social responsibility as shared in the CLUSTER network.

The UNITE! partners share a common view towards regional embeddedness, technology transfer, and engineering and science education, with complementary multidisciplinary approaches.

Strong European geographical regions are covered by UNITE!:

  • Northern Europe: Two major cities or regions, strong in entrepreneurship and innovation: KTH Stockholm/Sweden, and Aalto in Espoo-Helsinki/Finland
  • Western Europe: Two partners from the two largest economies and drivers of the European Union, TU Darmstadt in Germany (Hesse, Rhein-Main Region) and Grenoble INP-UGA in France (Rhone Alpes)
  • Southern Europe: Three major economic and industrial centres ranging from Portugal to Northern Italy: University of Lisbon in Portugal, UPC Barcelona in Spain/Catalonia and Politecnico di Torino in Italy/Piedmont.

News from UNITE!

TU Darmstadt is active as the coordinator of UNITE! both throughout the alliance and also internally within the university.

In this role as coordinator, UNITE! is officially represented by the UNITE! President. TU President Dr. Tanja Brühl was elected as UNITE! President for a period of three years by the UNITE! Governing Platform at the Kick-off event for UNITE! in November 2019. Professor Dr.-Ing Jens Schneider, Vice President for Transfer and International Affairs, is a representative of the UNITE! President and represents TU Darmstadt as a partner and coordinator for strategic policy issues.

The UNITE! Secretariat based at TU Darmstadt coordinates and leads the alliance of seven partner universities and is headed by the Secretary General Dr. Andreas Winkler. The Secretariat is responsible for managing the UNITE! alliance and the pilot project in which concepts for the short and long-term development of UNITE! are being developed in UNITE!-wide working groups.

The UNITE! activities within each of the partner universities are managed by the UNITE! Key Liaison Officers. Dr. Jana Freihöfer, Head of the International Relations & Mobility Department, is the Key Liaison Officer at TU Darmstadt.

UNITE! will become tangible for the various status groups at TU Darmstadt in projects, initiatives, various programmes and in the development of strategic projects such as collaborative research partnerships or joint programmes. All members of TU Darmstadt should contribute to how TU Darmstadt directly influences UNITE! and how UNITE! impacts TU Darmstadt. The aim is for UNITE! to develop out of the universities – with all of their status groups – and the structure is merely designed to facilitate this process.

  Name Contact
Key Liaison Officer
Dr. Jana Freihöfer
Key Liaison Officer TU Darmstadt
Head of International Relations & Mobility
+49 6151 16-24055
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UNITE! Secretariat
Dr. Andreas Winkler
Secretary General
+49 6151 16 24059
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Dipl.-Theol. Christine Marburger
Project Adviser Policy and Strategy
+49 6151 16-20041
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Agapi Theodoridou M.Sc.
Project Adviser Finance and Monitoring
+49 6151 16-20147
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Heidi Roßmann
Office Manager and uShare Administrator
+49 6151 16-24056
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