Strategic Partners

Strategically important

In the higher education context, a "strategic partnership" refers to a long-term collaboration and cooperation between two or more educational institutions to pursue common goals and strategic interests. Such partnerships are carefully planned and developed to create a framework for collaboration in different areas of education and research.

Key aspects in defining a strategic partnership in the higher education context are, for example

  1. Long-term focus: strategic partnerships are designed to establish long-term relationships between the universities involved. They go beyond project-related cooperation and aim to establish a long-term and sustainable partnership.

  2. Common goals: The universities involved pursue common goals and interests in education, research, innovation or other areas. These goals can range from the internationalization of education to joint research and development.

  3. Pooling of resources: Strategic partnerships often involve cooperation in the use of resources, both financial and intellectual. This may include the exchange of teaching materials, research facilities, lecturers or other resources.

  4. Institutional commitment: Universities that enter into strategic partnerships usually make an institutional commitment to collaboration. This means that the partnership is formalized at the university management or faculty level.

  5. Elaborated areas of cooperation: Strategic partnerships can cover a wide range of areas of cooperation, including joint degree programs, research projects, faculty exchanges, student exchanges, the creation of joint research centers and more.

Improving the quality of education, promoting research and innovation, expanding the global visibility of the participating universities and strengthening international cooperation in education are the stated goals of a strategic partnership.

h_da's strategic alliances:

European University of Technology (EUt+)

We are part of the European University Initiative and will make a lasting contribution to the creation of a new university!

  • You can read what this means for the International Office here.
  • What the initiative means for Hochschule Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences is described here.


Erasmus+ Programme

Erasmus+ is the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. Erasmus+ supports the objectives of the European education agendas, the modernisation, internationalisation and qualitative improvement of higher education in Europe. It aims to strengthen the international competences, personal development and employability of students, increase the attractiveness of the EU as a place to study and research, and contribute to the sustainable development of higher education in third countries. Erasmus+ focuses on promoting mobility for the purpose of learning and transnational cooperation.


Global Polytechnic Education Alliance (GPEA)

The network was created in 2017 based on bilateral cooperations in order to pursue common interests in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and strive for comparable courses of study and research fields. In addition, the network facilitates the exchange of guest researchers, and aims at developing long- and short-term mobility programs for students as well as joint double degrees. It connects the following universities:


HAWTech and TAItech

The German university association HAWtech (HochschulAllianz für Angewandte Wissenschaften) has been cooperating with the Taiwanese university association TAItech since 2017, and last year the cooperation was again consolidated. The main aim of this cooperation is to offer students of both alliances the opportunity of study or practical stays, study trips and summer schools as well as exchange opportunities for teachers in research and teaching.
Like their German counterparts, the 6 TAItech universities are particularly strong in the engineering sciences, and so both alliances are intended to promote the exchange of know-how. Prof. Dr. Ralph Stengler, president of h_da, is the new spokesman of HAWtech since January 2020.
The following universities form the Taiwanese alliance: 

  • National Taipei University of Technology,
  • National Taiwan University of Science and Technology,
  • National Chinyi University,
  • National Yunlin University of Technology,
  • National Formosa University
  • National Kaohsiung University of Technology.

More information at


Annabelle Bijelić (she/her)
Head of International Office
Office: C23, 02.05