In order to enhance the sustainability and the scope of cooperation within a project framework, the focus of the Center for University-Industry Cooperation (FIEK) is to encourage synergies between different areas. The FIEK project will be implemented till the end of 2020 from non-refundable subsidy provided by the European Regional Development Fund.
To promote continuous improvement, a technology-based information interface should support the established laboratory networks with wide levels of connection. This means an interactive software platform involving students, academicians and industry professionals. It has a hierarchical structure, which can provide open access and ensure confidential data management. The sustainability is provided by:
- modern, dynamic links between industrial needs and university potential,
- optimization of infrastructure management and sharing,
- encouraging innovation solutions for rapid implementation of research results,
- assisting tender applications and providing them with information background,
- technological information management and dissemination, especially referencing SMEs,
- establishing contact nets.
The tasks of the University Faculties are:
- quick reaction to chops and changes,
- harmonization of research results and industrial needs,
- provision of an efficient R&D&I environment,
- incorporating university research results into industrial projects,
- flexible response to engineering challenges,
- training and administering of interdisciplinary engineers,
researching and teaching solid theoretical bases
A common goal of the long-term development plan of industrial partners is efficiency gain and competitiveness enhancement based on smart technology regulations and technological integration. The specialty-based goals are closely linked to industrial projects by Nokia (high-speed wireless communication), Siemens (increased energy efficiency for hybrid drives), MVM (balanced integration of green energy into energy distribution networks), and Richter Gedeon Pharmaceuticals (improving the stability and curative effect of medicines).
The projects’ results are needed by a wide range of industries. New technological solutions and effective methods, proven by laboratory experiments, can be utilized by the industry to accelerate the development. The demand may arise from economic motivation for a competence enhancement or even from creative university students. More and more people recognize that in the long run, the market competitiveness can be ensured only by adapting science-based methods and knowledge to industrial products.
In FIEK projects, industrial colleagues, associate researchers and students work together. The result is the industry-university win-win model resulting in a common R&D capacity. Based on this, different “inputs” from project partners form a long-term sustainability, which goes hand in hand with the timing and scope of the projects. It promotes the training of professionals with relevant expertise for the entire domestic industry, and focuses on technology-related teaching experience for domestic industrial companies. Having provided it as a feedback to the training process, we obtain a multiplicative effect.