KTH Royal Institute of Technology – Stockholm (Sweden) – COORDINATOR

KTH is located in Stockholm and has a history that goes back to 1827. The education and research today spans from natural sciences to all branches of engineering and includes Architecture, Industrial Management and Urban Planning. Total turnover is MSEK 4,419. About 2,500 new students enter the first year of university studies each year, and about 1,500 master students. Almost 4,900 people are employed by the university out of which 303 as professors and 250 as associate professors. More than 250 four year PhD-degrees are issued each year and 135 licentiate degrees (two years of research). Ten Schools are responsible for education and research in their respective fields. More information can be found at


IST Instituto Superior Tecnico Lisbon (Portugal)

Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) is a school of Universidade de Lisboa, the major university of the country. It ss the largest and most reputed school of engineering, science and technology in Portugal. Since its creation in 1911, IST’s mission is to contribute to the development of society by providing top quality higher education in the areas of Engineering, Science, Technology and Architecture, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as developing Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) activities to allow it to provide teaching in line with the highest international standards. Its mission is therefore expressed in the three functions which characterise the concept of a modern university:  to create knowledge, to transfer skilled professionals and to transfer and apply knowledge. IST consists of 9 Departments and is recognized as a Great School of Engineering, Architecture, Science & Technology, in Portugal and worldwide. IST is involved in some of the most prestigious RD&I and technology transfer institutions in Portugal, with remarkable impact internationally at many scientific and technological domains. There are about 10.000 full-year equivalent under and post graduate students, and about 1.600 full time equivalent teaching and non-teaching staff.


KIT Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)

KIT has been established in 2009 following the merger of the Technical University Karlsruhe (TH), the oldest Institute of Technology in Germany, and the Karlsruhe Research Center (FZK), a national research lab. Following a restructuring, KIT defined six areas of competence among them Applied Life Sciences, Earth and Environment, Information, Communication and Organization, Matter and Materials, Systems and Processes, as well as Technology, Culture and Society. Student training is based on sound education in the natural sciences and mathematics, early participation in research projects is strongly recommended and supporting courses in languages, interpersonal communication and entrepreneurship are offered. KIT has strong interaction with industry and requires students to do practical internships in industry. As a research universities, students at all levels are required to prepare a final thesis on a project for 6 months.


Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

Established in 1859, Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) is the oldest technical university in Italy. For more than 150 years it has been one of the most prestigious public institutions in Italy for education, research, technological transfer and services in all sectors of architecture and engineering. Ranking among the top twenty European technical universities, it is worldwide recognized as a high quality centre for education and research. At POLITO 900 Professors and Researchers carry out research and provide education to 32.000 students, of which 5.500 international from 100 different countries. At the graduate level, POLITO offers 32 MSc and 12 PhD courses, many of which in English. POLITO has been able to reconcile tradition and innovation by being deeply rooted locally and at the same time by establishing itself as an attractive University for students and talents coming to study and work from all over the world. Thanks to the quality of its research and to the tradition of liaising with companies, POLITO ensures students a swift work placement  and attracts significant investments and collaborations with blue chip companies.


TUDa Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany)

The Technische Universität (TU) Darmstadt is one of Germany’s leading technical universities. Its around 303 professors, 4,250 employees and 25,100 students devote their talents and best efforts to the significant future research fields energy, mobility, communications and information technologies, housing and living conditions. The wide variety of disciplines represented are all focused on technology, as viewed from the vantage point of engineering, the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences, and cover the full range of academic endeavor, from the origination of basic concepts to practical, everyday applications. The TU Darmstadt is Germany’s first autonomous university and has a state-funded budget of 247 million Euros (2014, incl. building funds). Its capacity for innovation is evidenced inter alia by the steady growth in annual funding received from outside sources. The 145 million Euros contributed by industry, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, and the European Union for 2014 make it one of Germany’s leading academic recipients of third party funding. In renowned rankings by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, and the Zentrum für Hochschulentwicklung, as well as polls of the personnel directors of major corporations, it has consistently corroborated its leadership in research, academic excellence, and its qualification of graduates for top jobs and successful careers.


UCL Université catholique de Louvain (Belgium)

The Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), founded in 1425, is one of Europe’s oldest universities. The university has more than 28,000 students from bachelor’s level to doctorate and adult continuing education, in all disciplines. With its main campus located in Louvain-la-Neuve, next to Brussels, the university attracts every year 5,000 international students from more than 120 countries. UCL is ranked first among Belgium’s French-speaking universities (QS World University Ranking). The university programs are periodically reviewed by AEQES, the quality evaluation agency for French-speaking Belgium, member of ENQA.


UPC Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (Spain)

UPC is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research, specialized in the fields of engineering, architecture and science. The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. BarcelonaTech (UPC) is a university with a consolidated worldwide reputation and an international vision that generates technological innovation and attracts talent. The objectives of the UPC are based on internationalization, as it is Spain’s technical university with the highest number of international PhD students and Spain’s university with the highest number of international master’s degree students. Today, the University is characterized by a purposefully open stance towards international students, a wide selection of master’s degree programs in English, participation in the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and various international research programs, and a consolidated line of worldwide cooperation activities that serve as tools for change and social progress.