Fostering Technology Transfer in Romania

STM establishes the specific technology transfer system of Steinbeis Germany in Romania. This means not just copying the German Steinbeis-model. Being active in Romania for more than 20 years, the Steinbeis Network Romania is oriented towards the local economic, scientific and technological infrastructure. This means it is more than adapting the German model – it is a pro-active involvement. We know differences among German and Romanian economy. And experiences from Steinbeis enterprises worldwide are taken into account, too.

Collaboration in Steinbeis framework is a win-win relationship for every involved actor:

  • Innovation potential from Steinbeis Transfer Centers as driving force for economic growth
  • Generating economic problem solutions increase experiences and competences of Steinbeis Transfer Centers
  • Economic problems very often generate new research activities at universities

Specific advantages for universities having Steinbeis Transfer Centers

  • Best further education for academic staff and professors in application-oriented problem solutions ⇔ professors get frequently updated with the needs of Romanian industry and teach the students accordingly
  • Introducing students in problem solving teams (Diploma-, Bachelor– or Master-Thesis, …) ⇔ students achieve practical experiences and are more prepared for the first job
  • Problem comprehension of regional enterprises (updating/adapting curriculum) ⇔ tailor-made courses makes the university becoming an highly attractive partner for the Romanian industry and also for foreign investors
  • Scientific infrastructure (university) as elongated/extended workbench of regional innovative enterprises ⇔ facilities, equipment and knowledge that is missing in enterprises can be made available by the university in a highly efficient way
  • Intensive contact to enterprises, associations and chambers (board of trustees, advisory board,…) ⇔ national and international; influencing the business environment
  • Reputation of university increases (acquisition of good students) ⇔ enterprises make the success stories known and involved STCs refer to the university as the source of knowledge for solved problems
  • Reach out to experts from trade and industry who may want to teach at university or give guest lectures ⇔ students learn how to apply knowledge in practice

⇒ best university, best professors, best students

The descriptions, how an university benefits from hosting a Steinbeis Transfer Center are too general? Probably. So, an example:

Even a young scientist gives high priority to the attractiveness and opportunities of the research, the terms of work are an issue. Some university cities in Romania are very expensive to live in. Question is, how an university manages to recruit young scientists. The level of salaries is known. How can a young researcher establish a family life? A lot of researchers left Romania, some others are ready to leave. Being host of a Steinbeis Transfer Center, an university provides the opportunity to its employees, to increase their income – legal, transparent and with mutual benefit.

Remark by Jürgen Raizner, CEO and Administrator of STM:

“STM does not ask to stop ongoing technology transfer actions, nor to close existing infrastructure, etc. Technology Transfer by Steinbeis is a competitive model and – same as in Germany – exists in parallel to several other offers. However, 1998, Steinbeis had 100 Technology Transfer Centers in its network. 2018: more than 1,000. Reasons for this significant growth exist.”