Fraunhofer and universities
Universities, which unite research and education, are the heart of the scientific system. They play a key role in shaping scientific, cultural, social and business development in Germany. For Fraunhofer Institutes, it’s a matter of course to work closely with local universities. By doing this, excellent research is linked to practical application in professional business infrastructures, leading to a new level of quality in applied fields.
Joint offering in science and technology transfer
The basis for this close collaboration is the joint appointment of outstanding researchers as professors at the universities and as Fraunhofer institute directors. Through close personal ties on all levels, the results of university research can be applied efficiently and the joint science and technology transfer service expanded in a targeted manner. At the same time, integrating Fraunhofer scientists into university teaching broadens the provision for students.
Improving local innovation capacity
Constructive local collaboration helps to pool complimentary skills and build partner profiles. The Fraunhofer Institutes’ numerous industry contacts offer a wide range of networking opportunities and act as a catalyst for transfer and opening up research to society. National initiatives allow for system-relevant topics to emerge and for excellent research infrastructure to be used in a collaborative way. Excellence and international networking in innovation-focused research can be boosted in unison, young scientific talent can be promoted and flexible career paths through university, Fraunhofer and industry can be forged. As such, the active collaboration between Fraunhofer Institutes and universities is effectively a focal point for practical application of concepts, further developing the region and making the area more attractive to professors and students.