Fraunhofer Forges the Future from Sharjah

The Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI Park) has announced that Fraunhofer, Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization, will have a presence at the Science Park.

An agreement has been signed with SRTI Park to launch a Research and Development Center for Fraunhofer, a leading global German Research and Applied Science Society.

This facility will be open to university researchers and organizations from the public and private sectors in the fields of automotive, aviation, smart manufacturing and water management, as well as, providing technical consulting and expertise for the Park and companies in the UAE to initiate research and development projects in the selected fields.

The agreement was signed by His Excellency Hussain Al Mahmoudi, CEO of SRTI Park, and a number of senior officials and researchers representing various specialized research institutes from Fraunhofer.

This agreement also includes efforts to promote cooperation, exchange of experts and services between the Science Park and Fraunhofer Institutes for the purpose of mutual benefits.

A global team of scientists and researchers from the Fraunhofer’s headquarter in Germany held a series of meetings and consultations at SRTI Park with several of the UAE’s leading companies and government institutions in water technology, water desalination, energy and sustainability, to discuss opportunities and joint technological research projects.

"We are proud to partner with a world-class institution such as Fraunhofer," said Al Mahmoudi, "This is a demonstration of Sharjah's global standing, represented by the SRTI Park and its pivotal role in supporting and developing the region's innovation ecosystem.”

He added: "Keeping in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and the Ruler of Sharjah, the Fraunhofer concept will maintain the Emirate's outstanding scientific reach and its relevance to international competition.”

“Our goal is to attract distinguished research institutions and international researchers who have made a significant difference in their field to work together and develop a system that is capable of global competition and serves the scientific research in the region. Fraunhofer's researchers focus on future technologies. Today's research is opening the door for future achievements and this is what we are looking for at SRTI Park,” he said.

About Fraunhofer Society

Fraunhofer, founded in 1949, is the largest and most renowned research organization in Europe. It has 72 research institutions: 58 spread throughout Germany, six centers in the US and three in Asia. Fraunhofer boasts more than 26,000 researchers of which 80 % are PhD holders in science and engineering.

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