Strategic Partnerships

Strategic Partnerships

TU Braunschweig builds strategic partnerships with the aim of developing particularly high-quality collaborations with other international universities.

Strategic partnerships are collaboration agreements established at the university level that encompass multiple departments and all levels of the partner institutions. In addition to exchange programmes for researchers and students, these partnerships always include staff exchanges for executives and administrators. The close cooperation and the bonds of trust that emerge from such partnerships provide a sound basis for a multitude of long-term projects.

A good academic fit is key to our choice of partners. We also consider existing cooperation agreements and projects, as well as the partnership’s potential for further development.

In forming strategic partnerships, TU Braunschweig aims to:

  • promote internationalisation in research and amongst young scientists
  • establish outstanding conditions for studying and spending time abroad
  • advance its international performance and competitiveness
  • address society’s global challenges alongside our partners.

Seed Funding

Seed funds are provided to initiate joint projects at regular intervals. An overview of the completed projects and current calls for proposals can be found here.

Tampere University, Finland

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Tampere University has been the second largest university in Finland since its merger with Tampere University of Technology in 2019. Approximately 21,500 students are spread across seven faculties. The university is one of the most interdisciplinary universities in Finland. There are thematic overlaps with TU Braunschweig, particularly in the fields of engineering and natural sciences, computer science, communication sciences, economics and teacher training. In the field of research, the university coordinates four Finnish Centres of Excellence and is involved in a further six Centres of Excellence.

Tampere University and TU Braunschweig have been working together in the field of research and ERASMUS mobility since 2008. The cooperation has been continuously expanded over time. Tampere University has been a strategic partner of TU Braunschweig since 2019. In addition to joint research and teaching projects, a regular exchange between the university administration is also an essential part of the cooperation.

Website of Tampere University
Article about the partnership with Tampere University

University of Rhode Island, USA

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The University of Rhode Island (URI) was founded in 1888 and is the leading public university in the US state of Rhode Island with around 17,000 students and ten colleges.

In 1987, URI was the first US university to introduce a US-German double degree programme in engineering with TU Braunschweig as a partner. With over 900 graduates, this cooperation is now the most successful US-German university exchange programme. Double degree agreements exist in the fields of civil engineering, biotechnology, electrical engineering, industrial engineering and various mechanical engineering disciplines, and there are also many other cooperation agreements, for example in the fields of information systems technology, pharmacy, environmental engineering and educational science. At doctoral student level, there is a joint PhD programme, and the universities also work together on numerous joint research projects across all faculties of TU Braunschweig.

Over thirty years of collaboration between the two universities resulted in the signing of the strategic partnership agreement in June 2023.

Website of the University of Rhode Island
Magazine article about the partnership with the University of Rhode Island

University of Strathclyde, Scotland

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The University of Strathclyde was founded in its current form as a public university in 1964 and has a history dating back to 1796. With around 30,000 students spread across four faculties, the University of Strathclyde is now the third largest university in Scotland.

The range of subjects taught at the University of Strathclyde is very similar to that of TU Braunschweig. With a strong focus on engineering and natural sciences, there are many points of contact for collaboration in research and teaching. Another overlap with TU Braunschweig is the close connection with regional business partners and research institutions such as the National Physics Laboratory, the British equivalent of the PTB.

The university has a particular focus on sustainability. In its sustainability strategy, the University of Strathclyde has committed to "Net-Zero" and aims to offset its emissions by 2040 at the latest.

Initial contacts between the University of Strathclyde and TU Braunschweig were established through their membership of the CESAER network (Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research). This was followed by joint research projects. An Erasmus+ agreement was concluded in June 2022 and the first exchange formats took place in the area of university administration. In June 2023, both universities signed the agreement for future collaboration as strategic partners.

Website of the University of Strathclyde
Magazine article about the partnership with the University of Strathclyde

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico

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With over 350,000 enrolled students, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) is the largest university in Latin America. Founded in 1551, it is also the oldest university on the American continent. UNAM's main campus was declared a World Heritage Site in 2007.

TU Braunschweig and UNAM have been cooperating for more than 15 years. One focus is the mutual exchange of students, doctoral candidates and lecturers, particularly in the fields of biotechnology and geophysics. Joint research projects in the fields of sustainable water management and mathematics have further strengthened the cooperation. The Carl Friedrich Gauss Faculty has also been running a joint doctoral programme since 2023. It is the first programme of its kind between UNAM and a German university. Also, sustainability is a common focus topic for both universities.

An Erasmus+ agreement was signed during a UNAM delegation visit to Braunschweig at the beginning of 2023. A strategic partnership agreement was signed in March 2024.

Website of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Magazine article about the partnership with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


Dr. Eika Auschner
Strategic partnerships

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