Executive Board Strategy

The Executive Board Programme

The Executive Board Programme for TU Darmstadt maps out the main strategic development priorities for the period from 2014 to 2019.

The guiding ideas of the programme embrace TU Darmstadt's self-image as

  • a thriving place for the sciences that addresses pressing questions of relevance to the future,
  • a responsive university that seeks new academic challenges and is open to the new,
  • a university that closely links the diversity of its people, methods and subjects with a visible profile and a distinct sense of identity,
  • one of Europe’s major universities of technology with high global visibility.

The programme defines general themes of overarching significance:

  • Promoting junior researchers: With their curiosity and high degree of mobility, young scientists are to play an even more significant role in the university's academic dynamics and international connectedness.
  • Internationalisation: By making a conscious effort to foster international networks and internal diversity, and to use these opportunities for learning and research, TU Darmstadt as an institution will benefit significantly from a higher degree of internationalism.
  • Interdisciplinarity: Its thriving, established culture of interdisciplinarity is one of TU Darmstadt’s particular strengths that must be promoted further.

The concrete goals and activities are divided into five fields of action, encompassing activities such as:

  1. Recruiting and promoting talent
    • ensure a high degree of appeal and openness at the various academic career stages
    • create a programme to promote post-docs more effectively
    • support initial and continuing training of technical staff
    • increase the percentage of women in leadership positions and in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects
  2. Facilitating high-quality learning and teaching
    • continue to profile the initial phase of studies with a structured introduction for new students
    • advance the profiling of Master's programmes
    • expand high-quality digital instruction
    • strengthen the international orientation of studies
  3. Developing research in a distinctive and visible way
    • assess and then continue to develop the research structure
    • push for a renewal of the research profile
    • enhance the international visibility of research
    • promote interdisciplinarity in research
  4. Being proactive in transfer and networking
    • strengthen the culture of business start-ups
    • expand strategic business partnerships
    • further develop collaborations with non-university research institutions
    • consolidate international partnerships
    • play an active role in the city and region
  5. Responsive organisation and responsible management
    • work towards system accreditation
    • continue to develop high-quality administration
    • continue to improve cooperation between central and decentralised units
    • increase the sustainability and energy efficiency of the buildings

Read more: complete text of the programme

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