Innovative collaborations

The partnership between Steinbeis and Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences has a long tradition: The Steinbeis Foundation first set up a technical consultancy here in 1969. Collaboration has intensified with a new cooperation agreement signed in November 2009 and the founding of a joint company called Steinbeis Transferzentren GmbH an der Hochschule Karlsruhe (STHK). Steinbeis is the university’s preferred partner for knowledge and technology transfer.

The individual centers that make up STHK offer tailored technology solutions geared toward SMEs. For professors and staff at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, this means that technology transfer through Steinbeis is now possible on an even greater scale. It also means that industry professionals can make even better use of the university’s innovative power and prowess in applied research. The involvement of professors in real-world projects at STHK means the university’s courses stay topical and include the latest innovations, techniques and findings. The Steinbeis projects also generate new topics for research at the university.

“We’re intensifying the collaboration between Steinbeis and the State of Baden- Württemberg in an innovative way, while also strictly adhering to the established legal framework,” explains Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Meisel, the university’s president. “We’re doing this because it benefits everyone involved – especially SMEs, which can benefit directly from the university’s technological innovations.”

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