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Collaboration with Business and Industry

Science meets business! TU Graz and its institutes work successfully with business and industry, creating win-win-situations:

  • Companies get access to research results of TU Graz.
  • Researchers of TU Graz work on real-world products and services.
  • Research results are put to the service of society and the economy.  

Corporate Partners of TU Graz

Best-practice examples of partnerships of TU Graz with business and industry:

Source: TU Graz - Lunghammer
Horst Bischof, Vice Rector for Research

Where would science be without business? And where would business be without science? Science and business rely on each other, complement each other and profit from one another. TU Graz sees itself as a source of vision and innovation. Together with close partners, we want to bring ideas and research results into society, and undertake the transfer of science and technology in an efficient manner. After all, it is necessary to know the needs of the market in order to drive fundamental and application-oriented research, and therefore make innovation possible.

Corporate Partners

By now, the number of companies supporting research and teaching at TU Graz has grown to about 40.

The Forum Engineering and Society provides a platform for discussion and communication between all the companies connected with TU Graz.

Siemens / CKI

TU Graz is Siemens´ trusted university partner with passion – from rails to the digital age, from smart factory to entrepreneurship, from science to application.

TU Graz is one of eight Siemens CKI universities. Together with TU Graz, Siemens launched the joint Center of Knowledge Interchange (CKI) in October 2015. The successful partnership of many years between TU Graz and Siemens, a range of joint projects and the high research competence of the University clinched the deal. There has been a strategic partnership with Siemens in railway technology since December 2006. The breadth of knowledge and the total volume of co-operation projects have undergone a clear increase since the inception of the CKI. The so-called Siemens class with all the students involved in these projects was successfully established, as was an annual CKI conference. The annual CKI conference was extended for a number of years by Siemens general manager Wolfgang Hesoun at the end of 2018.

Areas of Cooperation

  • Innovation management
  • Talent development
  • Technology transfer

Partners

 

 

Magna Steyr / MATURE

From 2004, TU Graz and the automotive supplier Magna have collaborated very successfully in the form of FSI, a Center Of Excellence in European vehicle technology located at the Faculty of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. 1300 scientific papers and 13 joint patents bear witness to this success story.

At the end of 2018, Magna Steyr Fahrzeugtechnik and TU Graz agreed on a comprehensive 5-year cooperation in the areas of automated driving, virtual product development and production, under the title MATURE (MAgna TU REsearch).

Areas of Collaboration

  • Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
  • Digital Factory (Digitale Fabrik), Institute of Automotive Engineering (FTG),Institute of Computer Graphics and Vision (ICG), Institute of Logistics Engineering (ITL)

Partners

 

 

AVL List GmbH

After AVL List and TU Graz established the AVL-TU Graz Transmission Center in 2017 as the world’s most advanced competence centre for research and development on novel transmission systems, an AVL class was set up in autumn 2018 with the aim of furthering an even stronger connection between students and AVL experts and introducing entrepreneurial issues. Another milestone is the establishment of the battery testing center BSCG – Battery Safety Center Graz, also located at Campus Inffeldgasse. Furthermore, AVL supports several endowed professorships which have been set up at TU Graz. 

Partners

Science Park Graz

The Science Park Graz has been set up as a take-off ramp for innovative, knowledge-based and technology-orientated enterprises.  

The Science Park Graz is a joint start-up centre of 3 Graz universities. New entrepreneurs can access the entire know-how of all the academic institutions of Styria and can benefit from the advice of people who have founded successful businesses.

Mission

  • Raising awareness: stimulation entrepreneurial thinking and action
  • Support for founders of businesses
  • Science Park Graz Investment Club: putting entrepreneurs in touch with selected investors and business angels

Wissenstransferzentrum (WTZ) Süd

6 universities and 3 universities of applied sciences from Styria and Carinthia have joined together in the Wissenstransferzentrum (WTZ) Süd to combine their competences and know-how in knowledge transfer.  

The combination creates synergies, enhances visibility and facilitates access to the knowledge of the universities. Scientific discoveries and inventions are transferred more effectively into the commercial realm. The knowledge generated in the universities is made available to society in the form of new products and services.

Partners WTZ Süd

The WTZ Süd is financed by aws Austria Wirtschaftsservice (investment agency), by means of the National Foundation of Research, Technology and Development (Austrian Funds).

Cooperation projects

Activities

  • Promotion of collaboration between researchers and business
  • Evaluation of new opportunities for project funding and exploitation, e.g. in the area of biological materials or funded projects
  • Support of entrepreneurial activities of university members forming a company and assisting the commercialisation of project content