The University of Groningen North West Germany (UGNWG) branch office in Papenburg is UG’s ‘Leuchtturm’ to set up cross-bordering collaboration with industry of the Emsland region. Under Northern Knowledge umbrella UGNWG is initiating public private meetings on location to connect Groningen research to the German economy.
The regional economic strength of North West Germany is clear, says Peter van Kampen, Deputy Director University of Groningen North West Germany office: ‘Large companies from the automotive, marine industry, wind energy and paper industries have settled here.’
Collaboration between UG and North West German industry is supposed to generate an important recruiting power for initiating other public private partnerships in the North West German region within a broad spectrum of research. Van Kampen: ‘ Our public private research programme may include sustainability issues, energy transition, regional labour market innovation, engineering challenges, data sciences, logistics, health care innovation from mental health to new trends of sustainable employment of people.’
A few months ago, the UGNWG branch office organized a UG networking meeting with regional industry at Nordland Papier. Nordland Papier is the world's leading producer of graphic papers. Prof Sibrand Poppema, University of Groningen Board, and a delegation of UG professors, attended the meeting to give presentations.
To come and stay in conversation with industry on location is the success key to longterm cooperation, stresses Van Kampen: ’UG is worldwide well-known by name of course. We have a tradition of 400 years of academic excellence, but the specific research themes where UG distinguishes itself, is for outsiders often just a guess.
Organizing medical internships
Closer to home, UGNWG branch office initiates 2-week internships for students of the UG Faculty of Medical Sciences at Papenburg hospital. More than 100 UMCG students have already enjoyed an 2-week internship at the Papenburg hospital. Van Kampen: ‘As a follow-up to this successful short term traineeships, we are about to organize long term internships for students who have to do internship at the emergency department of a hospital for six months to finish their General Practice training.'
In the next months the meetings on location between UG and companies in North West Germany will be intensified. The aim of the meetings is to optimize public private knowledge transfer from the city of Bremen to the Dutch city of Den Helder. Van Kampen: ‘’With the University of Groningen and Campus Fryslân as lead knowledge partners. A rewarding opportunity.’
Are you interested in public private partnering with Nord West Germany region? Please contact Peter van Kampen, Deputy Director University of Groningen North West Germany office.
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