Success as an innovation driver in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region

The development of economic, research, and education policy is highly dependent on what a region’s success factors are, what the influence of the successful innovation transfer is, and what constitutes an ‘innovation driver’. The transfer of knowledge and technology in the form of projects conducted in close collaboration with the regional business community form a key component of Nuremberg Tech’s successful strategy.

Core mission: Knowledge and technology transfer

Knowledge and technology transfer forms the core mission of universities of applied sciences and universities for applied research.
Regional transfer of knowledge and technology into the business community forms a driver for research, education and economic policy, and it triggers positive developments. The greater Nuremberg area is shaped by graduates with their impetus towards new products, processes, technologies and services. New expertise is being generated in businesses and in partnerships between Nuremberg Tech and the regional economy, and it is thanks to successful knowledge transfer that new, marketable innovations are being created.

Thanks to its well-established knowledge transfer programmes, Nuremberg Tech acts as the disseminator of technical, design-based, economic, and social solutions in the greater Nuremberg area, as part of our social responsibility. By launching “Service Learning”, Nuremberg Tech has set up a new platform that will enable the university to develop and embed its activities within the region by cooperating with public institutions in the domains of culture, sport, and welfare.
Last but not least, the income generated will bring about significant direct and indirect effects for the regional economy thanks to the demand for services and supplies in the areas of immediate relevance to the research.

The focus of research and development at Nuremberg Tech is their application in small and medium-sized businesses, and the benefit to society from research work. This has relevance to a wide range of fields, such as the development of innovative energy concepts, new materials, intelligent mobility, automation, virtual reality or service provision concepts. Nuremberg Tech’s track record in obtaining third-party funding is also testament to the university’s success in research.

Nuremberg Tech is highly flexible and is able to respond quickly to altered market conditions and developments. The promotion of a structured research and development partnership between universities and small- and medium-sized enterprises is an essential component in achieving international competitiveness in Germany. The German economy is largely carried by small- and medium-sized enterprises or SMEs, and it is in these businesses that many innovations are devised and developed.

Some successful examples of knowledge transfer include:  

·      Development of new concepts for Smart Cities in the Nuremberg Campus of Technology

·       In robotics, the development of the ‘OHM-Krabbler’ bionic spider robot or the BioFlexRobots according to bionic principles

·       Rankine and InnoProSys projects: the development of innovative concepts to generate energy from vapour and waste heat

·       Ceramic high-temperature heating element project: the development of new materials and substances

·       DATAePump project: new process and automation projects, such as smart

        control of large-scale pumping stations in large facilities such as municipal   

        water treatment plants.

·       Nuremberg Tech is also involved in dynamic transfer projects in the fields of finance, marketing, communications, media engineering, design, and in mobility research

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The “U-Multirank” world university rankings measures aspects such as the number of co-publications by a university and industrial partners, among others.

In 2016, Nuremberg Tech achieved second place in the world rankings, and in 2017, it was named the best performing German university for co-publications with industrial partners, and also achieved third place worldwide. Nuremberg Tech achieved high rankings in this category once again in 2019, reaching third and seventh place in Germany and worldwide respectively.

This demonstrates how research at Nuremberg Tech is being applied successfully!