Why we collaborate
Nordic Five Tech is a strategic alliance of the five leading technical universities in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The alliance was established in November 2006 with the goal of utilizing shared and complementary strengths and creating synergies within education, research and innovation.
The Nordic perspective, our common Nordic values, constitute the foundation of Nordic Five Tech and why we collaborate. The Nordic values feature openness, trust in each other, conviction of peoples’ equal value, focus on creativity and innovation, respect for nature and the environment.
Complementary and parallel strengths
By jointly addressing issues in areas where we all excel, N5T can challenge the boundaries of what is possible. This includes our prolific standing in terms of innovation, research excellence and cutting edge educational programmes and environments. By sharing best practices, we entrench and propel our position as an influential alliance of first tier Universities.
Globalization within reach
Through collaboration between Universities in the Nordics that are all in close geographical proximity, the carbon footprint for collaboration is greatly reduced and our efforts greatly augmented. More can be achieved with less as the threshold for collaboration is relatively low.
Influence within the Nordic arena
The N5T Universities already enjoy the status of being prominent partners vis a vis our respective governments and not least the Nordic Council of Ministers. Though concerted efforts have been made already, influence is an area in which our efforts can yet be increased by assuming common positions in issues that are important for all, or some, of the alliance Universities.
Sustainability is the Permeating Theme of N5T Collaboration
N5T Universities recognize that sustainability needs to be the basis for every future undertaking. Indeed, potential to work sustainably has only increased as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic. N5T research, educational and innovation activities play a central role in contributing to the green transition and solutions for the sustainable societies of the future. As such, sustainability is the underpinning and permeating theme of each of the below focus areas.