The Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft in the Netherlands is considered the largest faculty of its kind in Europe. The Aeronautics Research Centre Niedersachsen (NFL) in Braunschweig is an alliance of the aerospace engineering institutes of the TU Braunschweig, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the Leibniz University Hannover (LUH). Both universities, TU Delft and TU Braunschweig, carry out excellent research in aeronautics with a focus on sustainable flying.
On 7 February 2020, Professor Henri Werij, Dean of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft, and Professor Rolf Radespiel, Chairman of the NFL, signed a joint declaration in Braunschweig. This defines common goals for their basic research, geared towards sustainability in aviation.
What is special about the agreement between the two universities is its quality: It goes far beyond customary university agreements, and establishes a particularly close cooperation. Both universities have agreed to share their research facilities and unpublished research data. The Memorandum of Understanding also introduces so-called cross-supervising, i.e. the scientific lead of research projects and the supervision of doctoral students at the partner university. In addition, the two parties will work together on student exchange, aimed in particular at Honours Students and interns.