About Us

NORDTEK is a network of the Rectors and Deans of the Technical Universities in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Membership requires that you have education in advanced engineering up to the Master level and PhD in a technical research field. The members represent 28 universities and more than 180,000 students, teachers, and researchers.

“The mission of the NORDTEK network is to strengthen the engineering sciences in the Nordic and Baltic region and to contribute to solve concrete needs for society by collaboration within engineering education, research, entrepreneurship, and innovation”.

"NORDTEK network has 75 years ago been founded believing that hardships are best overcame by learning, sharing and cooperating. We foster that spirit of Nordic cooperation.” - Prof. Maarja Kruusmaa, President

NORDTEK shall through exchange of experience, collaboration and cooperation:

  • Develop the comparative strengths of the member universities;
  • Maintain and strengthen the international position of Nordic and Baltic advanced engineering education;
  • Maintain and strengthen the international position of Nordic and Baltic engineering research and research training;
  • Enforce youth interest in studying advanced engineering;
  • Be a potential Pressure Group – nationally, in the Nordic context, and internationally;
  • Represent the Nordic perspective in relevant European and International forums.


The cooperation between the universities has a long history, starting as early as in the 1930s. Since then, the cooperation has changed corresponding to the changes that have occurred in terms of education and research policy, internationalization and the development of the economy. During the latter part of the 1980s, the cooperation developed considerably, conducting various projects, sometimes partnering with the business community. Furthermore, an extensive mobility programme for both graduate students and PhD students was started. Today only, the programme for the graduate students is active. To be qualified the students must have reached Master level in their studies. The aim is to stimulate students to study one or two semesters at a member school in another Nordic or Baltic country. The programme awards approximately 90 scholarships to students annually. Today the programme also includes teacher mobility.