Successfully making use of global opportunities
The Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy develops scientifically substantiated, integrated solutions for companies and regions. Our aim is to grasp the challenges of globalization as opportunities and successfully make use of them. The application-oriented approach of the Fraunhofer researchers covers everything from capability analyses and the conception, funding and implementation of international project and business models to network activities and knowledge and technology transfer.
The institute and the minds that work there have proven expertise in the fields of internationalization, innovation and technology management, innovation funding, strategy development, the knowledge economy and research marketing. Around fifty full-time employees are currently working on projects for companies, particularly small and medium enterprises, along with projects within the context of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme, projects for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Foundation for the Environment).
Statement from the Alliance of Science Organisations
At the initiative of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the German Alliance of Scientific Organisations published a statement saying that science needs a cosmopolitan environment. More than 300,000 students in Germany come from abroad and more than 56,000 scientists are sponsored by German scientific organisations.“This high level of international attractiveness can only be maintained if researchers from around the world, and their families, feel welcome and supported throughout Germany,” the alliance members emphasise.
Professor Thorsten Posselt, the director of the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy, underlines this theme: “Germany needs immigration. We must be good hosts to visitors to Germany. We live on overseas trade. It strengthens our economic growth, assures our role in the world economy and our welfare. Immigration can be organised from economic and humanitarian points of view - and finding a sensible balance is reasonable for a rich country like Germany. We must get much more involved with the issue of immigration.”
The Alliance is making a strong case for all forces to join together so that Germany remains an open, tolerant and international location for research. Members of the Alliance are the Alexander von Humboldt
Foundation, the German Research Foundation, the Fraunhofer Society, the German Rectors’ Conference, the Leibniz Association, the Leopoldina, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Helmholtz Association, the Max-Planck Society and the German Science Council.
Due to recent events, on January 11th, 2016 the rectors of Leipzig's institutions of higher education reaffirmed their declaration against xenophobia, first published in early 2015, in which they underlined the importance of international exchange. In the future, those associated with these institutions will continue to enjoy the free exchange of ideas and the open atmosphere that currently rules the city will prevail, creating anxiety-free workplaces eager to interact with and learn from newcomers from around the world", stated a press release from the University of Leipzig.