Vision and Mission

Our Vision

New challenges arise for universities due to the actual social context in Europe and the world, such as:

  • rapid change and increased globalisation
  • growing social complexity: multicultural and less uniform society
  • increased and varied migration flows
  • increased mobility (professional and geographical) of individuals 
  • demographic structure: aging population



Within this context, the education community needs to be able to satisfy new demands. It must:


  • promote the adaptation capacity of individuals to industrial changes.
  • coexist and cooperate with the new role of enterprises as training providers.
  • supply lifelong learning encouraging people to further continue learning and training into their professional careers.
  • interact with and provide service to a diversified and multilingual public, which requires additional personal competencies such as adaptability, tolerance of others, team work, problem solving, taking risks, etc.
  • prepare citizens, not only in vocational skills, but also in additional fields like working and communicating across borders.
  • deal with the increased difficulty in recruiting people for scientific and  technical studies.
  • increase the general level of scientific culture within society, which implies an increased cooperation of the different educational levels.
  • make the best use of available resources, achievable through quality assurance.
  • relate to the professional world by helping students to get in contact with employers (work placements) as well as by taking into account the technological demands of the industry.
  • encourage mobility of teachers and trainers in order to provide them with a new view on the world, practical use of foreign language skills and giving them the possibility to share good practice with their foreign colleagues.




In order to be able to satisfy the demands mentioned above, the university and its departments have to:

  • be flexible, dynamic and adaptable to new contexts and demands.
  • interact with other universities and research establishments on an international level.
  • provide education in both additional competencies and vocational skills, such as intercultural communication and foreign languages.
  • enable and encourage the contact with the professional world, stimulate cooperation on training between educational and training establishments as well as firms.
  • be prepared to compete with other educational establishments and create a sustainable marketing concept.
  • be innovative in new learning concepts and techniques by taking advantage of new available technologies.
  • be efficient in using the available and scarce resources.




EUSMAT works towards the achievment of these objectives for the department of Materials Science at Saarland University and its cooperating partners.

Our mission



EUSMAT supports the Department of Materials Science in working together with an experienced consortium of renowned European universities in the field of Materials Science and Engineering; operating together with a versatile network of contacts in third countries, based on a partnership with the Humboldt Foundation.


EUSMAT creates and coordinates a network with industrial partners interested in collaboration with the university network in aspects such as education, further training and qualification of international, employable leaders.



The tasks of EUSMAT are:

  • strategic planning and coordination of individual programs
  • systematic management of third-party funds
  • building up advanced training offers on all levels (Bachelor - Master - Doctorate - Continuous Education)
  • coordination of:

    • European university network
    • public relations
    • contact with industries
    • contact with worldwide network of country coordinators
    • marketing activities (in Saarland, Germany, Europe, worldwide)



EUSMAT - European School of Materials

Campus, D3.3, Room 3.19

D-66123 Saarbrücken

Tel.: +49 (0)681 302 70507

Fax.: +49 (0)681 302 70502





Lisbon European Council 2000

In response to the challenges of globalisation and the information society, the European Union set out its strategic objective:


To "become the most competetive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion."