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The 2023 Congress

The eighth World Technology Universities Congress (WTUC2023) will be hosted by Technische Universität (TU) Ilmenau 9-11 October 2023. The Conference will take place in the heart of Germany in the historic city of Erfurt, capital of the State of Thuringia.


The 2023 Congress will explore global trends via our diverse speakers and explore the role and responsibility of HE institutions in tackling the most complex issues of our time.

What part do technology universities play in the sustainability transition? If we accept that the world needs cutting edge research to address the complex environmental and societal challenges that it poses; to what extent should technology universities be held responsible

Merchants’ Bridge, ©Erfurt Tourismus und Marketing GmbH, B. Neumann.

for the influence and impact, they have in the development of sustainable practices?

What are the unique challenges facing technology universities? What innovations are happening educate the tomorrows workforce of scientists, engineers, and citizens.  How does the focus on sustainability influence innovation and entrepreneurship? What factors will inform student decision making and how can HEIs respond to an increasing demand (and scrutiny) to demonstrate their commitment to living the values of sustainability? We invite speakers to demonstrate best practice and successful examples of embedding social responsibility, sustainable entrepreneurship, and a culture of global citizenship amongst their communities.

Delegates are invited to reflect, share and challenge on a range issues related to sustainability, including the impact institutions have on their communities and places, the role of the UN SDGs in institutional strategic plans and the incorporation of green policies, sustainable campus master-planning (green-washing or genuine commitment), embedding sustainability in curriculum, teaching and learning; embedding social responsibility and a culture of local and global citizenship across communities and disciplines.

Congress sub-themes:

  • Supporting Entrepreneurship – The Fast Way for Transformation
  • Sustainability in Education – Creating Awareness for Future Leaders
  • The Sustainable Campus as the Basis for Credibility
  • Strategies for Sustainability CommunicationsSustainability in Research – the Leading Role and Responsibilities of Higher Education Institutions

Ilmenau und seine Ortsteile from Technische Universität Ilmenau on Vimeo.


If you are interested in attending the WTUN Congress or have further questions about the Network, please contact Denise Whitehead, Development Manager, on wtun@bradford.ac.uk.

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