The University Development Initiative 2030

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In summer 2021, TU Braunschweig launched the University Development Initiative 2030.  The aim of this initiative is to jointly develop an overall and transparent development plan with all faculties and central units.

In this collaborative strategy process, an intensive discourse is taking place at the university about what constitutes a holistic development to an excellent university and what vision we have for TU Braunschweig in 2030.

This vision serves as a framing for further development planning and for future projects, such as major collaborative activities, coordinated programs, and the Excellence Competition. As a result, a joint university development concept will also be substantiated with the members of the university.


The University Development Initiative 2030 aims to create a development plan based on previous strategy processes and new impulses and requirements and to jointly develop a coherent university strategy on the holistic development path to excellence. Significant cross-cutting issues are consistently integrated into all pillars of the university.

Prof. Dr. Angela Ittel, President of the TU Braunschweig and initiator of the University Development Intiative

Portrait Präsidentin Angela Ittel

The process of the University Development Initiative takes place in a participatory manner under the leadership of the Governance Board by involving the faculties, the administration, the staff council, the central institutions, the committees of the university self-administration, the strategy commission, the staff units, the students and with the advice of "critical friends" from outside the university.

A starting point of the University Development Initiative are existing strategy papers of the TU Braunschweig and the agreement of objectives between the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony and the TU Braunschweig (see Background and Sources).

The overall process of the University Development Initiative is divided into three phases. The project starts in the summer of 2021 and will conclude in the fall of 2022. More detailed information on these phases can be found in the section The Process at a Glance.

Scheme of the project phases

Holistic development to excellence

When Prof. Dr. Angela Ittel took over the office of President in July 2021, the Presidential Board pursued the strategic approach of holistic development to excellence. The clear goal is to achieve excellent standards as an overall university. The approach includes the development of the self-image in all organizational units and for all members of the TU Braunschweig to align their own work in all performance and cross-sectional dimensions according to excellent standards as a benchmark.

The concept of holistic development to excellence systematically links the four pillars of the university (research, teaching & learning, transfer, administration) as central performance dimensions with the cross-cutting issues of strategic importance for the TU Braunschweig: digitalization, internationalization, equality & diversity, and knowledge exchange (understood as a multidirectional process between science, industry, and society). The basis is formed by a consistently action-guiding orientation towards sustainability.

Our Vision 2030 guides us on our common path to excellence. On this path, we constantly reflect on the extent to which we, as an organization, as an integrative educational institution and as an employer, orient ourselves to the highest standards and our vision.