“Working. Living together. Growing City – Applied Knowledge in Dialogue”: Berlin’s Universities Driving Innovation

Under the title “Working. Living together. Growing City – Applied Knowledge in Dialogue,” six Berlin universities of applied sciences are participating for the first time in the funding initiative “Innovative Hochschule” funded by the Federal German states. The programme is endowed with 550 million euros for the next ten years.

The six instutions are:

  • The Alice-Salomon School of Social Work and Social Education Berlin,
  • the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin,
  • the Evangelical University of Berlin,
  • the Catholic University of Social Sciences,
  • the Berlin School of Technology and Economics, and
  • the Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR)

Each of these institutions has expertise in providing research-based knowledge, application-oriented ideas and new technologies directly in relation to complex social requirements.

“Berlin’s scientific institutions provide an important impetus for the future of our city. The cooperative culture, which is strongly developed in Berlin, and the close links between the universities of applied sciences, industry and society offer excellent prerequisites for innovative thinking approaches and application-oriented concepts in research, teaching and development in the 21st century. The joint proposal of our universities of applied sciences is an excellent example of this”, says the Governing Mayor of Berlin and Senator for Science and Research, Michael Müller.

At various locations in Berlin, central points of contact are to be set up, in which innovation requirements from business and society are directly related to scientific expertise, both locally and ideally. Among other things, a joint start-up centre comprised of the Berlin universities of applied sciences is planned. Business start-ups are a particularly direct form of transferring scientific research and teaching into entrepreneurial practice.

The six Berlin universities of applied sciences pursue an extended transfer strategy within the framework of the funding initiative “Innovative Hochschule”, in order to be more involved in companies, associations, administration, politics and civil society. They focus on the fields of action “Healthy Living”, “Social Participation, Security and Integration / Inclusion” and “Urban Technologies and Production”.

“The new cooperation and transfer structures offer the opportunity to boost the innovation engine in Berlin. To this end, we must make known the broad potential of application-oriented research and establish low-threshold access to it. We want to bring together more efficient and successful scientific research and teaching, on the one hand, and economic and social actors, on the other. The support provided by the state of Berlin helped us to work out a promising proposal together in a short period of time, “says Prof. Dr. Andreas Zaby, President of the HWR Berlin, which coordinates the network.

“The initiative” BIT6 – Berlin Innovation Transfer “is intended to pave the way for public-private partnerships. Research and transfer can complement each other productively and create added value for the metropolis of Berlin, “says Zaby.

Photo credit: http://www.colourbox.com. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft.

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