With nearly 150,000 personal members – over a third of which are students and junior engineers under the age of 33 – The Association of German Engineers (VDI) is one of the largest technical-scientific associations in Europe. Throughout the years, the VDI has successfully expanded its activities nationally and internationally committing itself to foster and impart knowledge about technology related issues. As a financially independent, politically unaffiliated and non-profit organization the VDI is recognized as the representative of engineers both within the profession and in public.
The VDI covers a wide range of technical topics and communicates this knowledge through studies, technical discussions and congresses or the VDI guidelines that create generally accepted technical rules. As an advisory partner the VDI engages in the relationship between technical and social developments. It focuses on the promotion of young talents and the support of upcoming engineers. The VDI comprises 45 Regional Chapters and 15 representatives in the federal states that organize seminars and social events. The participants benefit from technical know-how and valuable expert exchanges. To interact internationally, the VDI is a member of the FEANI (Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs).
The VDI has played an important role in founding the ASIIN and gave the association support in the start-up period both financially and logistically. Right from the start, the VDI has supported the implementation of Bachelor and Master study programmes and their accreditation.