Science and research - green field think tanks
Clever minds live and work in Osnabrücker Land: the region’s companies benefit from the excellent location advantages, such as the ideal traffic infrastructure or the high quality of life resulting from the splendid countryside of the Geopark, the many varied leisure possibilities and affordable, leafy residential estates. Science and research at Osnabrück University, the University of Applied Sciences and the Centres of Excellence also give Osnabrücker Land a wealth of extraordinary know-how in pioneering sectors. This attracts both companies and the skilled workers of tomorrow.
Studying at Osnabrück University and University of Applied Sciences
Osnabrück University was founded in 1974 and draws students from all over the world. Every year, more than 14,000 young people start their careers here and are provided with the knowledge, tools and skills they'll need for their future working lives in Germany and abroad. The university is renowned for its research and teaching in the Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Law and Business Administration/Economics. Furthermore, a broader view is taken in the interdisciplinary institutes for migration research, cognitive science, early modern intercultural studies and environmental systems research. The German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence has maintained a branch at the university since 2011. The European Legal Studies Institute is one of Europe’s key research institutes for comparative law and the unification of laws.
Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences has a similarly outstanding reputation. It is the largest and most efficient University of Applied Sciences in Lower Saxony and prepares its student body of roughly 14,000 young people for a successful working life. They can choose from 110 degree courses at the Faculties of Agricultural Sciences and Landscape Architecture, Engineering and Computer Science, Management, Culture and Technology together with Business Management and Social Sciences. Key areas of research include futureoriented agricultural system technology, energy systems, management and law, innovative materials and material technologies together with health services research, management and information technology in health care.
Cooperating with business
The expertise in science and research is also made available to companies in the Osnabrücker Land. Many companies cooperate with the University of Applied Sciences on projects such as agricultural engineering 4.0 or the Agricultural Technology Centre. In many cases, research and development project receive public funding. Companies find the Science to Business GmbH to be the right address for support when it comes to handling requests for research and development as well as related services. The WTT agency (knowledge and technol ogy transfer) run jointly by Osnabrück University and the University of Applied Sciences provides advice and support covering all aspects of contacts between science and business, research funding, contract research and start-up issues.
Centres of excellence as partners for business
Companies also benefit from the well-established know-how in the centres of excellence at the University of Applied Sciences. COALA (Competence Of Applied Agricultural Engineering) for example is the partner for flexible, interdisciplinary contract research in agricultural engineering. Other examples of cooperation include the KEA (centre of excellence for electronics and drive technology, the L I A I B (centre of excellence for energy, lightweight construction, drive technology and operational stability) which combines the classic crosssection technologies in mechanical engineering, and LOGIS.NET when it comes to transportation and logistics.
Besides agricultural engineering, logistics and mechanical engineering, the food branch also plays a major role in the economic life of Osnabrücker Land. It is no great surprise therefore that one of the most important international institutions for food technology is at home in Quakenbrück at the heart of Lower Saxony’s food industry. More than 150 companies involved in food production, mechanical engineering, measuring systems and process technology belong to the German Institute of Food Technologies (DIL) founded in 1983. The industrial research institute supports the food industry in the development of competitive products and fosters the transfer of research findings into practical applications.
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