International cooperation

We join forces with universities, research institutions and companies to drive technological progress within the framework of international cooperation.

Scientific partnership with Universiti Teknologi Mara in Malaysia

The Malaysian-German delegation visiting the automaker Proton in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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The Malaysian-German delegation visiting the automaker Proton in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Fraunhofer IEM has enjoyed a scientific partnership with Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for many years. A first German-Malaysian workshop was organized in 2012 with the aim of promoting stronger scientific ties in the field of developing mechatronic systems. Since then the workshop has been held each year, alternately in Germany and Malaysia. The first systems engineering seminar was also organized in Malaysia in 2015. In addition, a student exchange program brings stability to the Malaysian cooperation Fraunhofer IEM aims to intensify collaboration and to establish the Fraunhofer model in Malaysia.

Projects and cooperation with companies and universities in Japan

Representatives of the Japanese automotive industry and ISID visiting Fraunhofer IEM in Paderborn.
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Representatives of the Japanese automotive industry and ISID visiting Fraunhofer IEM in Paderborn.

Fraunhofer IEM is pressing ahead with its projects and collaborations in Japan together with Keio University in Tokyo and companies such as Nissan, ISID (Information Services International-Dentsu, Ltd.) and Toyota. Like in Germany, the Japanese industrial sector is becoming increasingly interested in the development approach of systems engineering (SE). Quite a few Japanese companies have made their way to Ostwestfalen-Lippe, searching for expertise.

Definite projects have been agreed so far with Nissan and others. Last financial year, Nissan added new aspects and corresponding methods to its development process with the assistance of Fraunhofer IEM. Nissan employees attended a course in Japan to acquire detailed knowledge about the CONSENS modelling system, as well as other systems engineering methods. Fraunhofer IEM plans to establish a long research cooperation with the prestigious Keoi University in Tokyo.

Joint projects, the use of innovative tools and a nascent research cooperation—all of this demonstrates that Fraunhofer IEM operates successfully not just in Germany and Europe, but at global level as well.

RAISE-MED − German-Malaysian engineering lab connects research and industrial communities to foster innovation in medical engineering

Opening ceremony for the RAISE-MED project: Prof. Salmiah Kasolang (Dean, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UiTM), Prof. Mohamad Amri Lajis (Director of the Research Management Center at UTHM), Prof. Abdul Rahman Omar (Deputy Vice President Research and Innovation at UiTM), Dr. Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah (Malaysian Deputy Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation), Jens Brinkmann (German Embassy, Kuala Lumpur) and Prof. Roman Dumitrescu (Director at Fraunhofer IEM and Managing Director it’s OWL).
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Opening ceremony for the RAISE-MED project: Prof. Salmiah Kasolang (Dean, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, UiTM), Prof. Mohamad Amri Lajis (Director of the Research Management Center at UTHM), Prof. Abdul Rahman Omar (Deputy Vice President Research and Innovation at UiTM), Dr. Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah (Malaysian Deputy Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation), Jens Brinkmann (German Embassy, Kuala Lumpur) and Prof. Roman Dumitrescu (Director at Fraunhofer IEM and Managing Director it’s OWL).

German engineering, coupled with Malaysian medical technology: Following a long and successful cooperation, the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechatronic Systems Design IEM, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM) are opening a research facility in Kuala Lumpur to address two questions— how will intelligent medical products be developed in future, and which key technologies will be used in this process?

The “Research Alliance for Intelligent Systems in Medical Technology in Malaysia” (RAISE-MED) project got officially underway with a ceremony at UiTM on August 14, 2017. The event was attended by Dr. Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah (Malaysian Deputy Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation), Jens Brinkmann (German Embassy, Kuala Lumpur), Prof. Roman Dumitrescu (Director at Fraunhofer IEM), Prof. Abdul Rahman Omar (Deputy Vice President Research and Innovation at UiTM) and Prof. Mohamad Amri Lajis (Director of the Research Management Center at UTHM).

“The idea for our innovation lab came from the lasting, cordial and loyal collaboration between Fraunhofer IEM, UiTM and UTHM. Using this as a basis, we will build an excellent research network together with competent partners,” said Prof. Dumitrescu.

For further information about the RAISE-MED project, click HERE