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Sustainable Development

Finding Sustainable Solutions



Engineering Science joins the traditional fields of engineering with mathematics and the natural sciences in order to find scientific solutions to practical problems. In particular, the researchers at the University aim to create advanced techniques, to develop the sustainable and economical use of resources and to investigate competitive manufacturing technologies and processes.

The Research Unit in Engineering is an interdisciplinary group active in the classical domains of civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. The main focus of research is on:

  • The development of technological solutions;
  • The sustainable and economical use of all kind of resources;
  • The establishment of a centre of expertise for the technological requirements of Luxembourg’s industrial and public actors.

The main research activities are cooperative efforts of specialists in the classical engineering domains focus on four main areas:

  • Construction & Design;
  • Energy & Environment;
  • Automation & Mechatronics;
  • Geophysics.

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Sustainable development in the broadest sense is one of the University’s key research areas. This topic is defined in the 2014-2017 four-year plan as including “social cohesion, health, governance and engineering.”

The University defines sustainable development as: “a process of change, where the use of natural resources, the structure of economic investment, the orientation of technological improvements and institutional structures have to be consistent with future and current needs.” This goes beyond environmental concerns, involving issues such as creating efficient lifelong education systems, and the personal and social impact of fast changing economies and cultures.

Powerful demographic forces such as extended life expectancy and falling birth rates are causing change, putting strain on our highly developed economies, societies and cultures. Answers are needed, globally and locally. Areas of investigation include socio-economic and inter-generational inequality and the notion of well-being.

Against these continent-wide trends, Luxembourg faces its own challenges. As a European capital and global financial and business hub, it has generated growth but also inequalities nationwide and in the Greater Region. Cross-border working and immigration are having implications for the environment, society and culture. This is set against the background of an education system under strain, generous social welfare provision and evolving political realities.

Alongside the efforts to increase the focus on work related to sustainable development within the Faculty, cooperation with researchers from across the University, particularly natural sciences and engineering is encouraged in order to contribute to the University-wide sustainable strategy.

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