Partner Universities

Partner Universities

About Partner Universities

Aachen – RWTH

It is a place where the future of our industrialized world is thought about. The university proves itself as an internationally recognized hotspot, where innovative answers to global challenges are developed with 260 institutes, RWTH Aachen University is one of Europe’s premier educational and research institutions. The University’s nine faculties offer a wide range of academic subjects, including most traditional academic disciplines. Around 540 professors and about 8,000 staff are working in research, teaching, and administration. RWTH Aachen University is among the leading European scientific and research institutions and has set itself clearly defined goals in terms of academic output, quality of its graduates and external funding. RWTH Aachen University offers competence-, research- and practice-oriented training with the goal of developing highly qualified and responsible graduates for leading positions in science, society and business. The academic education at our university is application oriented. As a result, our graduates are sought after as talented researchers and leaders. The University educates over 47,000 students enrolled in 150 courses. This includes more than 12,477 international students from over 138 countries.

Bangkok – AIT

AIT is an international English-speaking postgraduate institution, focusing on engineering, environment, and management studies.

AIT’s rigorous academic, research, and experiential outreach programs prepare graduates for professional success and leadership roles in Asia and beyond. Founded in 1959, AIT offers the opportunity to study at an institution in Asia which possesses a global reputation. Going forward, AIT will be stressing its global connections, injection of innovation into research and teaching, its relevance to industry, and its nurturing of entrepreneurship, while continuing to fulfill its social impact and capacity building role. Sitting on a beautiful green campus located just north of Bangkok, Thailand, AIT operates as a multicultural community where a cosmopolitan approach to living, and learning is the rule.

AIT offers Masters Degrees (MBA, Meng, MSc), Executive Master Degree, Doctoral Degrees (DEng, DTescSc, PhD, DBA), Certificate Programs, and Non-degree continuing education courses for practicing professionals. Today, AIT’s internationally recognized engineering, environment, and management graduates are highly sought after by employers in their home country and elsewhere. Across many walks of life in Asia, AIT alumni have distinguished themselves as CEO’s of private and state enterprises, as business owners, as well-respected researchers and faculty, and as senior university and government officials. Please click here for further information about AIT.

Chennai – IIT Madras

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (popularly known as IITM or IIT Madras) is a public technical university located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is selected as one of the 8 public Institutes of Eminence of India. As one of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), it is recognized as an Institute of National Importance. IIT Madras is ranked among the most prestigious academic institutions in India.

Founded in 1959 with technical and financial assistance from the former government of West Germany, it was the third Indian Institute of Technology established by the Government of India. IIT Madras is ranked the top engineering institute in India by the Ministry of Education's National Institutional Ranking Framework since its inception in 2016. IIT Madras secured the first spot with a score of 90.04 in the National Institute Ranking Framework.

Dresden – Technical University

TU Dresden is one of the largest technical universities in Germany and one of the leading and most dynamic institutions in the country.

With 17 faculties in five Schools, it offers a wide range of 124 degree courses and covers a broad research spectrum. It focuses on Health Sciences, Biomedicine & Bioengineering, Information Technology & Microelectronics, Smart Materials & Structures, Energy, Mobility & Environment as well as Culture & Societal Change, which are considered exemplary in Germany and throughout Europe.

TU Dresden is a member of TU9, a consortium of the nine leading German Institutes of Technology. The university is one of eleven German universities that succeeded in the Excellence Initiative in 2012, thus getting the title of a “University of Excellence” and remained as one till today. Also, according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Engineering and Technology Ranking, the university ranked one of the tenth best universities in Germany.


The degradation of natural resources represents one of the most critical environmental megatrends worldwide and is of great concern to the United Nations and its Member States. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development reflects this concern in a wide range of indicators across all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Challenges manifest themselves at different levels: e.g., at the local level, nutrients are crucial for soil and land-use management; at the regional level, the safe use of wastewater is key for delivering an appropriate water quantity and quality; and at the global level, climate change requires systems analysis to inform resource management decisions for energy and geo-resources. Focusing on the management of any single resource neglects the close intertwining and mutual dependencies of environmental resources, and thus results in “sectoral silo thinking”: ignoring trade-offs and potential synergies.

The vision and mission of UNU-FLORES, in conjunction with its core functions and key research areas, are adduced from this global context.

UNU-FLORES was established in Dresden, Germany in 2012 with the support of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism (SMWK) of the Free State of Saxony, Germany.