Hamburg’s senate has approved a concept for growth at the University of Technology Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH), a press release said Tuesday (January 23, 2018). The concept aims to raise capacities for educating engineers as well as research, development and technology transfer at TUUH. The next five-year budget will be increased to a total of EUR 19 million. The number of students will grow to up to 10,000 in the long-term and study courses will be expanded. The plans also foresee hiring 15 more professors in the first growth phase and to make TUHH more competitive especially in research. Prof. Dr. Ed Brinksma, president-elect of TUHH, said: “My objective is to link the great potential and TUHHH’s world leading expertise with the equally excellent opportunities offered by the city of Hamburg.”
First growth phase from 2018 to 2022
The growth concept spans ten years and foresees two phases. During the first phase from 2018 to 2022, TUHH will receive an increase of EUR 19 million from the city pending the approval of Hamburg’s State Parliament. TUHH will put additional funds towards boosting research in fundamental, future-orientated fields and to train even more engineers. More emphasis will be placed on transferring knowledge, ideas and technologies to companies and into society to raise the number of technology-based spin offs.
New name and extended infrastructure in Harburg
To start the programme immediately, the senate has set aside an additional EUR 3.8 million for TUUH this year. TUHH’s budget will increase by EUR 3.8 million annually in the following years – amounting to a 25 per cent increase in state financing for TUHH at the end of five years. An external commission of experts will evaluate the measures before the end of the first growth phase. Based on the results, the second phase from 2023 to 2028 will be outlined and take account of present and future challenges as well as megatrends in engineering. A proposal is being mooted to rename the University of Technology Hamburg-Hamburg (TUHH) to the University of Technology Hamburg in a bid to improve the university’s national and international competitiveness and pending the approval of the Hamburg State Parliament.
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