Endowed chairs — professorships funded by a private or public external partner — act as a strategic accelerator for academic and research excellence and socio-economic impact. They are an important feature of the University of Luxembourg in its continued development as a leading international research university.
Endowed chairs create a sustainable and trusted relationship between an external partner and the University that benefits students, researchers, society and donors alike. The basis of the partnership is the joint identification of a field of activity, which advances the goals of both partners and on which they would like to strengthen research and innovation.
Benefits for partners
- Partners derive benefits from chairs through knowledge creation and research results generated by leading scientists at the University.
- Attraction of skilled and highly qualified talent.
- Local and global visibility.
Benefits for the University
- Opportunity to leverage funding for strategic research and education areas.
- Enhanced visibility and contacts with societal partners.
- Improved student skillset for employability in an increasingly competitive labour market.
Since 2006 the University has established 22 industrial, public and public-private chairs, with 16 ongoing. They cover priority fields for the University and society such as Sustainable and digital finance; steel construction; digital procurement; space technology, satellite communication and media law; parliamentary studies; and energy process engineering.
Current public chairs
Current industrial chairs
Current ERA chairs
European Research Area (ERA) Chairs increase research capacity by attracting high-level researchers to a growing university or research centre and support outstanding scientists and their teams, helping them to become game changers in their field.
Endowed chairs policy
To guide its engagement in this area, the University has adopted a policy on endowed chairs. This sets out guiding principles for the establishment of a chair, which include:
- Alignment of the chair’s objective and purpose with the University’s missions and strategic goals.
- Safeguarding of the University’s academic freedom and autonomy at all times.
- Funding for a chair covers a five-year period, which may be renewed. This covers the professorship and may also cover required additional staff and project equipment.
- University ownership of intellectual property resulting from the chair’s activities; the partner may request to be informed first about the results of activities related to the chair.
- Joint operation of governance and communications related to the chair.