Global partnerships play an important role for the TU Delft to be able to find innovative solutions for today’s global challenges in both a local, regional and international context. The TU Delft strongest international partnerships not only focus on linkages with worldwide academic and research institutions but also build on an extensive network with government, NGO, private and business partners. Yet the basis of research and education partnerships originates from carefully established ‘bottom-up’ faculty relations: personal contact in researcher-to-researcher networks where curiosity and focus brings together academics on matching expertise creating synergy. Some of these TU Delft’s long term academic collaborations have grown into a number of joint research initiatives in not only Europe but also destinations as Brazil, China and Vietnam - http://jrc.tudelft.nl/ - which intend to open up access to the funds, laboratories and many talented young researchers.
To actively further support researchers in strengthening and broadening their collaborations into long-term strategic partnerships as well as to encourage explicit focus on the importance of the university’s position in the world, the TU Delft started rethinking its global alliances and currently works with a number of strategic initiatives and or activities:
- TU Delft | Global Initiative, a portal and booster of science and technology for global development which stimulates, facilitates and strengthens close cooperation between Delft scientists and partners in Sub Saharan Africa and South-East Asia
- TU Delft Cross Faculty Country Teams focus to share knowledge and networks to create stronger bonds in the internal organisation as well as start and nurture new or existing partnerships in key partner countries China and India
- TU Delft Business Relations aims to explore business opportunities and corporate relations in world-wide academic and business hubs such as Germany for e.g. Medtech, High-Tech, and Chemistry
- TU Delft International Projects provides faculties and departments with management support in international projects for research, innovation and capacity building in (developing) countries worldwide
Finally, TU Delft aims to continue its strong presence in European alliances and play an active role in the themes of the eighth European Union Framework Programme – Horizon 2020. In this, the focus is not only on the European Grand Societal Challenges but also on securing additional research funding in the areas of Industrial Leadership and Knowledge & Innovation Communities as part of the European Institute for Innovation & Technology as well as individual research grants (ERC Grants).
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