Research intellectual capital integrated into business
Through mobilising the knowledge base of Hungarian research and education institutes, the innovation of automotive transport and industrial developments will be promoted through the consortium agreement signed by the Academy in MTA main building by MTA Computer and Automation Research Institute, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (TUC), the Szent István University of Gödöllő (SZIE), Robert Bosch Elektronika Ltd. in Hatvan, and Robert Bosch Ltd.
As detailed in the long-term framework agreement the cooperation of the consortium includes education, the development of human resources training, provision of younger employees, industrial and targeted research, common experimental (pre-competitive) developments and indirect or direct marketable use of technological innovations. By deepening their relations the institutes want to enable the mutual and effective industrial use of their targeted research results. The agreement, which will result in Robert Bosch Knowledge Base being establishment, was signed by MTA President József Pálinkás, by MTA SZTAKI's director Péter Inzelt, by TUC's vice-chancellor Gábor Péceli, by SZIE's vice-chancellor László Solti, and by the Hungarian Bosch group's leader Javier González Pareja , by Bosch's technical director Jan Peter Stadler , and by Robert Bosch Elektronika Ltd's directors Volker Schilling and Roger Seemeyer .
" The Bosch Group's role in R&D is significant worldwide, not only in Hungary, which is reflected in the fact that the company submits on average 16 patent applications a day worldwide " – József Pálinkás said endorsing the company's achievements. MTA President believes this agreement is important for the Academy because it allows for an even closer cooperation between the research institutes and the universities. There are other academic institutes besides MTA SZTAKI where research programmes rightly claim the business sector's attention, while contributing to industrial developments constitutes a great challenge also for scientists, he said. The Hungarian Bosch Group's leader Javier González Pareja said that his company – present in Hungary since 1899 - has for years been working on uniting the technological knowledge base and on improving cooperation among various business sectors and scientific disciplines. " Linking our competences in a network can take up various forms, but knowledge concentration ultimately leads to a multiplied potential ", he said about the most important element of the cooperation and added that such a consortium is globally unique in Bosch's history.
Full Member of MTA, vice-chancellor of the Budapest University of Technology and Economics Gábor Péceli gave a review on the cooperation between the company and Hungarian research by recalling personal memories. Leading technical universities all over the world seek closer technological cooperation with leading corporations and this agreement signals a more advanced relationship between the multinational Bosch company and Hungarian researchers, he said. " Cooperation with an internationally acclaimed corporation is beneficial not only for students acquiring practice there, but it 'puts pressure' also on lecturers. By working on common projects with the company, they themselves are forced to keep up with the rhythm of the business sector ", said Full Member of MTA, vice-chancellor of Szent István University in Gödöllő, László Solti . The coordinated work between multinational companies, scientific and higher education institutes can contribute to keeping young, successful Hungarians in the country because in this way they can enjoy identical working and research conditions to what they would receive abroad, he said.