Consortium Linking Universities of Science and Technology for Education and Research (CLUSTER) is a collection of twelve European universities which focus on science and engineering. There are joint programs and student exchanges held between the universities. The focus of the network is courses and study programmes, the goal being to offer students attractive exchanges between the best institutes of technology in Europe, along with dual degree partnerships at second- and third-cycle level, joint funding applications for courses and study programmes, exchanges for benchmarking purposes and approaches to policy issues at EU level.[1]

President of CLUSTER is Tanja Brühl, the president of the Technische Universität Darmstadt.[2]


CLUSTER network aims at:[3]

  • educating professionals to drive the development of paradigm shifting solutions to future societal challenges for the well-being of society and the global community.
  • seeding innovation in sustainable use of natural resources and energy conversion and efficiency, combating climate change, providing solutions to health and well-being to create new jobs and prosperity.
  • conducting visionary, forward looking research targeting the promotion of societal improvement and advancement through responsible use of science and technology.

The mission is implemented by:

  • providing highest quality multidisciplinary agenda in M.Sc. and Ph.D. education by dual degrees and unique opportunities for exchange, research and entrepreneurship, including collaboration with top Chinese universities within the SEEEP network
  • hosting an agile network for collaborative initiatives for highly competitive and successful funding for joint research and education
  • implementing exchange of best practices for education, administration, campus development, strategy and professional training to support and nurture the continuous renewal of the CLUSTER community
  • bringing together university presidents and leadership to enable proactive input to high-level european policy making


CLUSTER's activities include organising a dual doctoral degree and promoting student exchanges, internationalisation of studies and the transfer of best practices from one university to another. The consortium is also engaged in broad-scoped cooperation with Chinese universities of technology. Aalto University has been a member of CLUSTER since 2003.[4]


Active membersEdit

The participating universities are:[5]

University Country
Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan   Sweden
Politecnico di Torino   Italy
KU Leuven   Belgium
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology   Germany
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne    Switzerland
Grenoble Institute of Technology   France
Instituto Superior Técnico   Portugal
Trinity College Dublin   Ireland
Aalto University   Finland
TU Darmstadt   Germany
Eindhoven University of Technology   Netherlands
École Polytechnique de Louvain   Belgium
Polytechnic University of Catalonia   Spain

Associate membersEdit

Although the number of Cluster members has remained stable over the years, the network is creating new connections with leading universities outside Europe. These associated members are:[6]

University Country
Polytechnique Montréal   Canada
Tsinghua University   China
Tomsk Polytecnic University   Russia
University of São Paulo   Brazil



  1. ^ Karlsson, Sigbritt (2018-04-17). "European networks in joint appeal". Sigbritt Karlsson's blog. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  2. ^ Andreas Winkler (2019-10-28). "Cluster Steering Committee II and 10th SEEEP Workshop 2019". Cluster. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  3. ^ "Vision, values & mission". Cluster. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  4. ^ "Aalto University to take over CLUSTER Presidency | Aalto University". Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  5. ^ "Members". Cluster. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  6. ^ "Members". Cluster. Retrieved 2019-02-07.
  7. ^ CANADA: University networks and the Global South - University World News
  8. ^ "TianJin University - News". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  9. ^ "Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, EPFL Switzerland - Swiss Universities Handbook - Top Universities in Switzerland". Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-04.
  10. ^ Trinity College in engineering pact with China and Europe - Irish Innovation News –

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