Project participants

ŠKODA AUTO University (Czech Republic)

Type: private university

Year of foundation: 2000

Number of students: 1 200

Role in the project: coordinator

ŠKODA AUTO University was founded in 2000 as the first and the only company university in Czech Republic. Its founder is ŠKODA AUTO, seated in Mladá Boleslav, is one of the most important and most dynamically evolving companies in the Czech republic and one of the largest brands of the Volkswagen concern. At present there are about 1 200 students being educated in 4 bachelor's and 4 follow-on master's degree programmes.

An indivisible part of the full-time bachelor study programme is the student s´ internship. These internships form the fifth semester and are undertaken at ŠKODA AUTO or its suppliers within the Czech Republic. Many students of the follow-on master study programme participate in internships whilst studying on a part-time, thus gaining not only theoretical expertise, but also relevant work experience. Students with an excellent command of foreign language can apply for internships abroad (usually within the Volkswagen concern or the ŠKODA AUTO group).

In both the bachelor and master degree programmes emphasis is placed on language acquisition and all students have to study at least two foreign languages, usually English and German. However they can also select courses in Russian, Spanish or Chinese. Most courses especially in the follow-on master study programme include the global business environment.

Students can also study abroad for one or two semesters at our partner universities and undertake internships in businesses within the EU with the support of the Erasmus programme. We also support worldwide collaboration mainly in China and Russia. Also in collaboration with Steyr University (Austria) and Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (Finland) all students have the opportunity of obtaining a double degree. Furthermore, the university also organises intensive short-term projects, summer schools and language courses in collaboration with foreign partners. Finally both programmes can be both studied in English.

ŠKODA AUTO University puts emphasis on research-led teaching, which allows for the development of state-of-art degree programmes. Research provides students with the opportunity to experience a vibrant research environment, interact with scholars from various fields and become part of the dynamic global business context.

Academic staff are encouraged to participate in research projects and stay current among leading scholars in their field. A number of national as well as international research projects have been granted to the university, including tasks commissioned by the European Union of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic.


Wroclaw School of Banking (Poland)

Type: private university

Year of foundation: 1998

Number of students: 17 000

Role in the project: partner

WSB University in Wroclaw is a higher education institution founded by TEB Education Corporation in 1998. Together with 8 other WSB Universities, it creates the biggest business schools group in Poland. Thanks to its wide experience in education and cooperation with business environment, courses offered by the University suit actual labour market needs.

The School's Mission is to produce high-class professionals with the knowledge and skills at their fingertips they need to develop their careers while at the same time making a conscious contribution to the creation of a modern Polish economy. In order to achieve this goal, WSB University in Wroclaw is continuously improving its teaching methods and programs as well as broadening the scope of the specializations offered whilst striving to guarantee the highest possible quality of education.


Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences (Finland)

Type: public university

Year of foundation: 1992

Number of students: 5 000

Role in the project: partner

Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences is a multidisciplinary institution of higher education and an efficient actor in education and research, development and innovation (RDI) in the region of South Ostrobothnia in West Finland. The number of full-time students is 5000 and academic and other staff members 350. Seinäjoki UAS has 19 Bachelor and 7 Master degree programmes. Three degree programmes are totally taught in English (International Business, Nursing and a Master's Degree in International Business Management). Also double degree programmes are available in the fields of technology and business.

Seinäjoki UAS provides education aiming at high-level professional qualification in the following fields:

  • Culture
  • Social sciences, Business and Administration
  • Technology, Communication and Transport
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Social services, Health and Sports
  • Tourism, Catering and Domestic Services

In education and in R&D activities Seinäjoki UAS has concentrated on the following focus areas:

  • Sustainable Food Solutions
  • Smart and Energy Efficient Systems
  • Welfare and Creative Individuals and Communities
  • Entrepreneurship, New Business Concepts and Service Innovations

These areas of expertise are being developed based on regional and international needs and our special strengths.

Internationalization is a strategic aim of Seinäjoki UAS - it has about 200 partner universities in 50 different countries all over the world. Active student and academic mobility, RDI projects and international conferences are a vital part of our international activities.


University of Žilina (Slovakia)

Type: public university

Year of foundation: 1953 (1960)

Number of students: 9 000

Role in the project: partner

The history of the University of Žilina (UNIZA) began on 1 September 1953 when the University of Railway Transport was founded by separating from the Czech Technical University in Prague. It gradually became an important pillar of education in the fields of transport, which resulted in the change in the name to the University of Transport. It was moved to Žilina in 1960 where it underwent many transformations, and in 1980 it was renamed again to the University of Transport and Communications. Later in 1996, after broadening its fields of interest and other organisational changes, it was renamed the University of Žilina.

At present there are about 9,000 students being educated at seven faculties in 231 accredited fields of study in all forms and degrees of university studies at the University. In its over 60 years of successful existence it has become the alma mater for more than 70,000 graduates, highly skilled professionals specialising mostly in transport and technical fields as well as in management, marketing or humanities. The quality and readiness of UNIZA graduates for the needs of practice is proved by long-term high interest in hiring them by employers that cooperate with the University in the recruitment process.

In the field of science and research, UNIZA participates in 200 national and 41 international scientific projects and organises about 60 scientific and professional events annually. Results of science and research activities of the University have an important influence not only on the educational activities but also on the development of international cooperation or interconnection with practice. One of the proofs of successful transfer of science and research results into practice is the Award for Technology Transfer for the team of authors from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Žilina.

The cooperation with foreign universities and institutions is crucial for the University. The University has signed bilateral cooperation agreements with more than 150 foreign partners and it belongs to the most successful universities within the Erasmus Programme, both in the number of seconded staff and students. It successfully participated in the student mobility programmes with Brazil and Korea in 2014.


Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden (Germany)

Type: public university

Year of foundation: 1992

Number of students: 5 300

Role in the project: partner

Dresden University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1992, and the institution has developed a significant engineering and economics profile that is complemented by artistic skill. The university possesses a regional and international focus and a broad range of practical experience-oriented programmes combined with diverse experience in applied research projects.

The programmes are at the centre of our activities at HTW Dresden. Instructional lectures in small groups, individual support, and a clearly structured schedule enable the programme to be completed within the regular period. Transfer of the required professional and methodical knowledge and social skills takes place based on scientific knowledge, and the combination of career, studies, and family is equally important to students as it is to employees.

The study programmes at HTW Dresden may be completed alongside regular employment and fulfil the requirements of our practical partners. A high degree of internship time within the curriculum and internships and theses at participating companies enable graduates to start with their careers as easily as possible. Varied professional development activities promote a lifelong love of learning. Personal bonds developed throughout the programme are also fostered by the alumni network.

At HTW Dresden, the unification of instruction and research as well as the transfer of knowledge from the results of current research are actively promoted. The research profile is application-oriented and interdisciplinary, corresponds with our core competence, and is being constantly refined. The university is part of a network of companies, research, and educational institutions, associations, and lobbyists. Cooperative promotional events help support the scientific achievements of future students.

Quality assurance is one of HTW Dresden's most essential principles. A quality management system enables processes applied during lectures, research, and administration to be documented and improved, and also increases the transparency of decision-making procedures.


Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg (Germany)

Type: public university

Year of foundation: 1971

Number of students: 10 500

Role in the project: partner

Dynamic growth rates, technical focus and qualitative excellence all make Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg an outstanding centre for higher education, research and lifelong learning. With about 10.500 students, it is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Bavaria.

Eight faculties offer a wide diversity of study options in the form of practice-oriented Bachelor and Master degree programmes in engineering, business studies, the social sciences and design. Numerous study options, a wide choice of general-education subjects including languages and soft skills, plus further training programmes which can be taken alongside the main course of study offer an opportunity to create a personal study profile tailored to the individual's talents and affinities. In Bavaria for example, Mathematics, Microsystems Technology, Production Engineering and Automation and Technical Computer Science can only be studied at OTH Regensburg. OTH Regensburg is also expanding its range of dual degree courses.

The profile of OTH Regensburg as a centre of learning is further enhanced by joint research projects, as its teaching staff maintain close working relations with partners in practice, including industrial companies, commercial enterprises and the social services. These research and transfer projects are coordinated by the Institute of Applied Research and Partnership with Industry (IAFW) which is based at OTH Regensburg. Special emphasis is placed on Sensor Technology, IT Security, Microsystems Technology and Microelectronics, Software Engineering, Logistics and Bioengineering. The activities of OTH Regensburg are an integral part of regional and national clusters. Strategic partnerships exist with local authorities, business and other higher education establishments, especially the University of Regensburg.

With the motto "CONTINUING with EDUCATION", the Centre for Continuing Education and Knowledge Management of OTH Regensburg is the central point of contact for businesses and those interested in furthering their education. The Centre for Continuing Education (ZWW) coordinates part-time and academic further education courses that are both practical and interdisciplinary. As well as its own offerings, ranging from specialist seminars through degrees to further education study courses with internationally recognised qualifications, the ZWW offers professional support for corporate HR and organisation development.

OTH Regensburg has a track record of facilitating foreign study for its students, around one third of whom get to spend time studying abroad in one of over 30 countries as part of their degree programme. Our International Office provides the necessary contacts. This international network is based on binding commitments which exist with more than 150 universities worldwide. The academic environment at OTH Regensburg is enriched by the presence of students from many countries.


The project "Green Solutions for Business and Industry" is funded with the support of the European Union under the programme "Erasmus+", project registration number:

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