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Driven by Danube - Enhance skills and competences to boost material innovations and eco innovations in automotive industry

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Project title

Enhance skills and competences to boost material innovations and eco innovations in automotive industry

Project manager, contact details
Balázs Borkovits,
Academic supervisor, contact details
Balázs Borkovits,
Total project budget
48.867 EUR
Total budget of UP
12.380 EUR (85% EU contribution, 15% National contribution)
Project start date
Project end date

Lead Partner
Slovak Center of Scientific and Technical Information (SK)
Partner Organisations
National Institute of Research and Developement in Mechatronics and Measurement Technique (RO), Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Faculty of Materials Science and Technology in Trnava (SK), University of Pécs (HU)
General description

Automotive industry became the most important economic engine of many DR countries, whose problem is that however they are a manufacturing power, they experience hardship to move towards R&D and environmentally responsible industry. The aim of the main project was to close the knowledge gap caused by shortage of highly skilled and competent professionals in new materials R&D and reuse of hardly recyclable material within the automotive industry and beyond by implement elements of dual education and joint research centers.
The result of the project is improved education curricula and research policies particularly focus on implementation of dual education, and increased competences in research management and cooperation of companies, academia, policy makers in autoindustry.
The project supports the aim of PA7 Higher education institutions (HEIs), industry and government (public) institutions stimulating the automotive industry in the Danube region by increasing the competences and skills of human resources in higher education. Driven by Danube also strived to find synergies with other projects in PA7, PA8, PA9 and focus on human resources dimension and aim to close the knowledge gap in automotive industry. Project also partially contributes to PA2 by focusing on research of material technologies to make the vehicles less energy demanding and so limiting the carbon footprint.

INTERREG Danube Transnational Program
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