A strategic partnership has been agreed between Széchenyi István University (SZE), the Institute for Computer Science & Control (SZTAKI), which belongs to the Eötvös Loránd Research Network, and the Eötvös Loránd Research Network (ELKH) Secretariat. The agrement was signed by Dr Péter Földesi, rector, Dr Bálint Filep, president and Dr Zsolt Kovács, chancellor, on behalf of the university, Dr László Monostori, director, on behalf of SZTAKI, and Dr. Miklós Maróth, president, on behalf of the ELKH Secretariat.

The collaboration means that the parties have entered into a partnership regarding professional matters related to education, research and tendering associated with autonomous vehicles, e-mobility, intelligent transport systems, precision crop production, infocommunications, artificial intelligence and industry 4.0.

The objective of this partnership – while keeping in mind the vision and program of the implementation of the Science Park to be built leveraging the capabilities of SZE – is the development of an innovation ecosystem. On the basis of this partnership and the initial technological foundation previously established with a partnership between SZTAKI, the Széchenyi István University and Audi Hungaria Zrt. to produce the INDUSTRY 4.0 Center of Excellence for Research and Innovation, which functions as a model laboratory, the program will promote the transfer of knowledge and technology in the field of robotics for Hungarian small and medium-sized enterprises. Other important elements of the program include the support of cooperative industrial PhD research and new researchers, with the aim of involving talented young people in scientific life.

The strategic partnership will bring a number of mutual benefits to all parties, support the widest possible social and economic exploitation of basic research findings and help all parties to prepare effectively for the next cycle of European Union Horizon Europe tenders.