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Knowledge- and technology transfer in cooperation with universities
The cooperation with universities is an important service of the economic development agency.
Small and medium-sized businesses often do not have a direct access to universities and their qualified young talents. At the same time, students mostly don’t know the renowned companies in the region. To counteract these problems, the economic development agency initiates and carries out projects to connect universities and local enterprises in the Rhine-Meuse region. For instance, the WFG helps with the arrangement of Bachelor- and Master theses and supports the search for the right contact persons. Thereby, the transfer of knowledge and technology between companies and universities is promoted and strengthend.
Six universities of applied sciences (UoAS) can be found in the catchment area of the district of Viersen. There are close contacts to the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach, the Fontys International Business School in Venlo (NL), the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences, the IST University of Applied Sciences and the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences. Recently, the Fontys International Business School Venlo has also established a location in the Niederrhein Technology and Entrepreneur Centre (TZN) in Kempen.
Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (HSNR)
With 14,600 students, the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences (HSNR) belongs to the biggest four universities of applied sciences in Germany. Campuses of the HSNR can be found in the South and West of Krefeld, as well as in Mönchengladbach. The largest faculty is economics. Further focus is put on mathematical and technical studies such as electrical engineering, clothing technology, computer science and mechanical engineering. In addition, the HSNR offers studies in the fields of chemistry, design and social services. Students can choose between 60 Bachelor’s and over 20 Master’s degrees, with part-time and dual study courses being of increased importance. For certain studies, the HSNR cooperates with partner universities in France, Finland and China.
Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences
Since its founding on the 1st of May 2009, the university has seen a rapid development: By now, around 6,500 students of over 100 different nationalities are studying at its two locations in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort. The internationally oriented UoAS currently offers 25 Bachelor’s and eleven Master’s degrees in the fields of natural sciences, economics, technology, social studies and health sciences. Approximately 75% of the study courses are taught entirely in English. In addition, a majority of the courses is offered dual or part-time.
Fontys International Business School
The Fontys International Campus Venlo is located directly at the Dutch-German border and has a strong international orientation. It is part of the Fontys University of Applied Sciences, one of the biggest public UoAS associations in the Netherlands with over 44,000 students in total. Currently, around 4,200 students from over 50 different countries are matriculated in Venlo. 14 Bachelor and Master programs are offered in the fields of economics, engineering, computer science and logistics. Since 2016, a location of the Campus can be found in the TZN in Kempen which has the aim of strengthening the cross-border collaboration between the Dutch Limburg province and the Lower Rhine area on the German side.
IST University of Applied Sciences
The IST University of Applied Sciences located in Düsseldorf offers state-approved distance learning courses in the fields of sports, fitness, health, tourism, hospitality, event management, media and communication. Over 100 full-time, part-time and dual Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are offererd. Moreover, the IST maintains various partnerships and cooperations with companies, associations and other universities.
Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences
The Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences combines technical, design-oriented, economic and social studies, with over 10,000 students currently matriculated. 36 Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are offered, organised in seven faculties. Its focus areas are architecture, design, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, process engineering, media technology and computer science, social and cultural studies as well as economics. Different study models such as dual studies are possible. Further, the UoAS cooperates with numerous partners in the economy, as well as with social and cultural institutions.