Internationalization strategy of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
The internationalization strategy of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft follows clearly defined principles: Scientific value creation for Fraunhofer and positive effects for both Germany and the partner country are essential goals of all strategic international collaborations.
Research in a competitive international environment
Fraunhofer’s status as an internationally renowned and sought-after research partner puts it in a strong position to take a targeted and internationalization strategy of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft benefit-focused approach as it expands its international engagements in the coming years. International research collaboration is successful and sustainable when complementary areas of expertise add value for both partners and create new scientific value. Fraunhofer evaluates the benefits of international collaborations to itself and, indirectly, to its innovation partners based on the following criteria:
- The excellence and innovative strength of the international partners in the specialist area that the collaboration will focus on
- The targeted expansion of the expertise of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and its institutes that the intended collaboration will provide
The specific Research in a competitive international environment
- contribution that will be made to the strategic areas defined by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft as requiring action and the corresponding establishment of new business units within its institutes
- The level of networking and the international staff recruitment and development offered by the collaboration
- The direct or indirect benefits yielded for German industry “at home” and in the target country
International networking opportunities and multi-faceted collaboration with outstanding international partners increase the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft’s attractiveness as an employer for highly qualified employees. Through its international contacts in business, industry and politics, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft represents Germany as a dependable partner around the world and projects Germany as a powerhouse of innovation.