TriRhenaTech

Tri-national alliance boasts approx. 40,000 students

Technical universities of Southern Upper Rhine region form "TriRhenaTech" alliance

On Friday, 14 November 2014, the Presidents of the universities of applied sciences and technical “grandes écoles” of the Southern Upper Rhine region signed a cooperation agreement for the "TriRhenaTech" alliance at the Rectorate of the "Académie de Strasbourg".

Strasbourg - While the traditional universities of the Southern Upper Rhine region cooperate across borders within the "Eucor" association, the universities of applied sciences and technical “grandes écoles” on the French, Swiss and German borders have decided to intensify their cooperation through the newly formed "TriRhenaTech" alliance. The Freiburg District Government President, Bärbel Schäfer, called the alliance between the German universities of applied sciences in Furtwangen, Karlsruhe and Offenburg, the French Alsace Tech and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland a "lucky break for tri-national cooperation and the entire region. This cooperation will forge even better-trained experts that are well prepared for our tri-national job market." Jacques-Pierre Gougeon, President of the "Académie de Strasbourg" and host on Rue de la Toussaint in Strasbourg, also emphasized that as the representative of the technical universities in the Alsace, he highly valued the new alliance: "It's important that after high school, students can obtain the best university qualification here in our region – and language should no longer be a barrier to this opportunity."

This alliance plays a pivotal role for the economy and industry on both sides of the Rhine River, emphasize the Alsatian Regional Advisor, Lilla Merabet and Jean-Louis Hoerlé, President of the Alsatian Chamber of Industry and Commerce. "This cooperation has opened up so many opportunities, for instance in the field of renewable energies," says Hoerlé. This is about the competitiveness of the entire region, says the President of the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, Winfried Lieber:  "This means we need the cooperation between technical universities and colleges with ties to economy and research more than ever. It is our primary common objective to strengthen science, research and technology transfer as well as students' mobility across borders. We now need to bring the alliance's objectives to life." Lieber passed on regards from the Eucor President, also President of the University of Freiburg, Hans-Jochen Schiewer. Schwierer  very much welcomes "TriRhenaTech" – which represents the face of universities of applied sciences and creates a partner network for Eucor.

"For several years now, our students have been involved in cross-border projects, for example in the fields of construction engineering or mechatronics, where they study and do research and development work in Germany or France", says Crispino Bergamaschi, President of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. He is now convinced that this cooperation will create a network that allows for more cross-border projects.  "We want to send a message to our neighbors that says Switzerland is part of this cross-border economic area."

Info: The "TriRhenaTech" alliance

The "TriRhenaTech" alliance is a network established between the German universities of applied sciences in Furtwangen, Karlsruhe and Offenburg, the French university network Alsace Tech (comprised of 14 “grandes écoles” in the fields of engineering, architecture and management) and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland in Windisch. The latter partner is one of seven universities of applied sciences in Switzerland that are under public law, and is funded by the cantons Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft, Solothurn and Aargau.

• Alsace Tech: www.alsacetech.org (8,400 students)
• Furthwangen University: www.hs-furtwangen.de (6,400 students)
• Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences: www.hs-karlsruhe.de (8,500 students)
• University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland: www.fhnw.ch (10,500 students)
• Offenburg University of Applied Sciences: www.hs-offenburg.de (4,500 students)

Source: TriRhenTech press information of 14 November 2014 (*.pdf, 63 Kb, in German language)