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).
Your digital Congratulation for the Institute's 10th Anniversary
Leipzig Fraunhofer Center Celebrates 10 Years
The special anniversary takes place on July 17th, 2016. On this day, we can look back upon ten dynamic years of applied research in Leipzig. The Fraunhofer Center for Central and Eastern Europe (MOEZ) officially opened its doors on July 17th, 2006; on July 2nd, 2015 it underwent a name change and became the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy.
Join together with us to celebrate our special anniversary in 2016 - to mark your, and our, 'Fraunhofer Year'. We research and develop: forging a socio-economically and scientifically sound link between industry, research and society. This is how we understand our mission.
Please send us your digital greetings for the tenth anniversary here - and we will post these voices of the institute's friends and supporters on our website.
Annual Report Post of the Week: Pooling experience, creating innovation – the DICAMP Master Program in Tunisia
Periodically, we like to take the opportunity to present services offered by the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center in a real world context. For this reason, we select contributions from the institute’s 2014/2015 Annual Report which we recommend for reading.
The current "Post of the Week" presents the work of the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center's Business Models: Engineering and Innovation Unit. Under the DICAMP project, the unit's researchers have worked together with international partners to develop an accredited inter-cross-institutional master's course in Tunisia in the field of innovation management.
In order to promote cross-border, interdisciplinary networking, researchers from the Leipzig Fraunhofer Center also designed an innovation lab. The virtual platform ‘inno-master.com’ enables innovation competitions between Tunisian and European students to take place and encourages inter-cultural exchanges. The innovation contests are based on the following principle: to develop and discuss ideas pertaining to a pre-defined problem in the innovation management field. The conceptualization of Innomaster is built on the idea of open innovation that involves external users and incorporates their knowledge of development processes.
The full text of the Annual Report 2014/2015 article in PDF format can be found at this link. Further information about the work of the Business Models: Engineering and Innovation Unit can be found here.
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.