“Excellence at TU Dresden: “A matter close to our hearts!””
Excellence? Elitism? Opportunity or risk? The Excellence Programme launched by the German government in 2005 has aroused passionate debate right from the start and still has the potential to polarise opinion.
TU Dresden (TUD) looks at it this way: excellence is all about performance and having the right attitude. For everyone here at TU Dresden, one of eleven Universities of Excellence in Germany since 2012, it is also a matter very close to our hearts. Firstly because of the extra motivation and impetus generated, and secondly, because of the way we handle this role.
TU Dresden has been carrying its Title of Excellence for five years now. The mission for the next two years is clear: defending this title in the current sequel of the Excellence competition and becoming a thriving hot spot for students and researchers from all over the world. Our vision for the future can be summed up as follows: “Let us become one of the leading centres for research and teaching, with our own individual character and a special talent for networking, able to attract the best minds in Germany and from further afield.” After all, it is a well-known fact that excellence in research and teaching presupposes excellent conditions. Or, to put it figuratively, for excellent crop yields, you need the right soil and weather.
“Synergies that benefit the whole University“
TU Dresden is a comprehensive university, strong in five academic disciplines, which form our “Schools”, and of even closer collaboration with the top performers, which include the Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB) and the current Clusters of Excellence Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) and Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfaed). And we hope to be successful with proposals for six new Clusters of Excellence in the current Excellence race. The guiding principle here is that strong individual elements become even stronger when they work together.
The vision for the future takes this principle beyond the confines of the university; with the DRESDEN-concept (Dresden Research and Education Synergies for the Development of Excellence and Novelty), TUD has been creating an alliance of research and cultural facilities in the city, an “excellent playground for excellent people”. This bond is unique in Germany and has evolved over many years.
The measures envisaged as part of the DRESDEN-concept contribute to the overall development of TU Dresden and form an integral part of the university strategy. It has been made clear that the areas of excellence will not become an elitist enclave that is divorced from university life. This strategic approach is also reflected in the project management for the areas of excellence, which is being constituted as a team, located at the heart of the university and integrated into existing structures. Excellent team players are and always have been welcome in Dresden.
Excellence is understood and practised in Dresden as an opportunity for the entire university, and in this spirit, TUD takes those measures that lead to excellence – by the university, for the university – in cooperation with colleagues here and all over the world. But at the same time neither elitist nor exclusive. TUD’s excellence comes from the heart – from and for our about 33,500 students, 500 professors and 8,000 members of staff. In this way, excellence becomes the basis, the objective, the approach and the driving force. And that’s why being a top performer can also be so rewarding and enjoyable.
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