TU Dresden is excellent: TUD scores in all funding lines of the German Excellence Initiative
“During the last weeks and months, we have joined all our
forces in order to succeed in the Excellence Initiative by the
German Federal and State Governments. The fact that we have now
achieved this goal and find ourselves among the German “elite
universities” is the appropriate reward for one of the most
dynamic universities in Germany, for our outstanding members of
staff and for our convincing Institutional Strategy. It is a
clear sign that our work is being recognized!”, said Prof.
Müller-Steinhagen, Rector of the TU Dresden (TUD), in a first
happy reaction to today’s decision. As announced earlier this
day, TUD is one of eleven universities that were identified as
an “elite university” within the second programme phase of the
TUD has succeeded in all funding lines with all its four proposals: Together with the Institutional Strategy both proposals for Clusters of Excellence, i.e. the [Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (cfAED)] and the [Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD)], as well as the Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB)] were approved.
The Rector thanked all the members of the university for their unlimited and continuous support and emphasized the fact that the Institutional Strategy called "The Synergetic University" will at the same time be the strategy for the development of the university for the coming years.
“With the help of the Excellence Initiative funding TUD now also has the opportunity to become one of the most renowned universities on an international level, and I promise that we will seize this opportunity! Instead of simply awaiting today’s decision, we have already worked intensively on the implementation of our strategy during the past months.”
It is the main goal of all the measures listed in the Institutional Strategy to attract the best scientists and scholars, staff and students from all over the world. Among other steps, the university will establish an innovative procedure for professorial appointments, tailor-made programs further to qualify outstanding students and junior scientists as well as a Graduate Academy. Moreover, optimized support will be provided for the whole university by state-of-the-art IT-systems and reorganized administrative structures. In addition, the research alliance of “DRESDEN-concept” will be further intensified in order to enhance synergies between the university and the non-university research institutions. The Free State of Saxony will accompany and substantially support TUD on its way.
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‘After days of tension and excitement it fills me with great pride to announce that our application was successful. This is a great opportunity for the cfAED Team as well as for Saxony to grow as the European hub for microelectronics.’ – says Professor Gerhard Fettweis, co-ordinator of the Cluster of Excellence ‘cfAED – Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden,’. He is delighted about today’s decision of the Excellence Initiative Grants Committee. ‘I would like to express my sincere thanks to the rectorial board of the University and to the Free State of Saxony for their continuous support of the application, as well as our internal assessors, all participating institutions and the supporters from local and international industry. Through our concept, research in Saxony builds on its strength of the united excellence of an exceptional University of Technology and of outstanding non-university research institutes. With the help of the Cluster of Excellence, fundamental research in Saxony, the place where Europe’s largest hub for microelectronics has evolved, will experience another upswing. The foundations for this success had already been laid with the work of the Leading-Edge cluster Cool Silicon as well as the only Collaborative Research Center (CRC) for Electrical Engineering in Germany – the CRC 912 ‘Highly Adaptive Energy-Efficient Computing’.
The world has changed during the past nine months since the
submission of the application and the research landscape of
Dresden has further developed (for example with the kick-off of
the Young Investigators Groups ‘3D Chip Stack Intraconnects’
and ‘NANONET – International Helmholtz Research School for
Nanoelectronic Networks’). The Cluster will commence its
work with the ‘cfAED Research Festival’ in September to update
its research agenda and to prepare for the official start on
1st November, 2012. At the same time, building work will be
undertaken to ensure the Cluster’s accommodation.
About cfAED – Center for Advancing Electronics
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Dresden. The Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD) has successfully passed the third phase of the excellence initiative. The Cluster of Excellence of the TU Dresden (TUD) and the Research Center of the “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” (DFG) – the CRTD has qualified to keep these two titles and will be continuously funded for the coming five years. This was confirmed today by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research as well as the “Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft” together with the German Council of Science and Humanities.
With today’s confirmation, the CRTD can celebrate twice: not only was the research institute able to achieve the title of an Cluster of Excellence of the TUD for the second time, it is also financed for a third funding period as DFG Research Center by the DFG for the next 5 years. “This large-scale project, funded with more than 40 million Euros, will accomplish significant scientific progress in the areas of biomedicine/biotechnology in the coming years and will further strengthen the TU Dresden’s excellent international reputation,” says the Rector of the TUD, Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen.
“We are very proud that the CRTD again has asserted itself in the excellence initiative,” says Professor Michael Brand, Director of the CRTD. „Both awards confirm our aim to consistently build and extent the CRTD to become a worldwide renowned biomedical research institute with excellent international scientists”. Not only the 260 employees in the core-institute have added to this success story but also the 90+ employees in the seven separate institutes in Dresden that belong to the CRTD’s interdisciplinary network. Professor Brand continues: „It is our aim to study the capacity for regeneration of the human body and to develop entirely new regenerative therapies for so far incurable diseases. With the recent move into the new modern building, we now have the necessary premises to host more than 400 employees from about 32 nations to do research, to work and teach“.
The center’s research focus is on hematology/immunology, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases as well as bone and cartilage replacement. Currently, six professors and nine research group leaders work at the CRTD. Due to the CRTD structure, their results can quickly be transferred from basic research into to clinical applications. Additionally, the CRTD professors teach the new generation of scientists in the “International Master's Program in Regenerative Biology and Medicine“ and in the international PhD programs of the TU Dresden.
In the coming five years, the CRTD wants to advance the patient-specific stem cell research and standardize projects and processes in research and teaching. Among others, the research focus on neurodegenerative diseases of the retina such as macular degeneration and Retinitis Pigmentosa will be extended. Into the new funding period falls the equally DFG-funded expansion of the cross-institutional technology platforms in microscopy and in clinic-compliant cell manufacturing, which provides professional development, production and therapeutic applications of novel cell and tissue therapies, tissue engineering products as well as support in pharmaceutical legislation to internal and external users. Translationally working preclinical and clinical research groups will thereby be closely linked and synergistically combine the expertise of several partners at the highest level and with state-of-the-art equipment at the Dresden Campus.
The Dresden International Graduate School for Biomedicine
and Bioengineering (DIGS-BB) stands for excellent research
opportunities and training for PhD students at an outstanding
level in Dresden. The tight interaction of the university with
the local non-university partner research institutions
represents the paradigm for the nationwide known
DRESDEN-concept alliance. The performance of the DIGS-BB during
the last six years and the proposed new measures for another
funding period were recognized today: it was announced that the
Graduate School is again among the successful projects awarded
by the German Excellence Initiative.
Since its foundation in 2006, upon being awarded in the first round of the Excellence Initiative, the DIGS-BB has developed a worldwide renowned international PhD program. The interdisciplinary working groups address scientific topics ranging from the mode of action of biomolecular motors, tissue formation to novel regenerative therapies in medicine. Currently about 250 PhD students are enrolled in the program.
„I’m very pleased that the international review board recognized our achievements and recommended the DIGS-BB for further funding. This provides us the opportunity to further increase our international visibility and to permanently establish our program among the top Graduate Schools“ said Gerhard Rödel, the speaker of the DIGS-BB.
Only the best graduates in natural and engineering sciences and medicine get the opportunity to become a member of the DIGS-BB. About 1,000 candidates from all over the world apply every year for admission in one of the following three programs: “Cell, Developmental and Systems Biology” (CellDevoSys), “Regenerative Medicine” (RegMed) and “Biophysics and Bioengineering” (BioEng).
The PhD students of the DIGS-BB realize ambitious projects beyond disciplinary borders and thereby benefit from the excellent research conditions, the broad expertise of the participating scientists and from an individualized training and supervision concept by an interdisciplinary team of experts.
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