The cooperation network between research and development institutions expanded again

  • 26. May 2020
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The cooperation network between research and development institutions expanded again
  • 26. May 2020
  • Articel,
  • Cooperation projects,
  • News
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On Friday, 8th of May, a cooperation agreement was signed between the Estonian Aviation Academy, the Estonian School of Entrepreneurship Mainor and the business cooperation platform Adapter. The Adapter business cooperation platform between Estonian research and development institutions now brings together 15 research institutions, offers 565 research services and brings together more than 3,500 research experts.

Every cooperation requires a good team, and as a result of teamwork, the Estonian Aviation Academy came to the conclusion that it is necessary to join the cooperation network Adapter. “I would like to emphasize the importance of teamwork and here I would like to highlight our CNS training manager Nele Toots, who brought a question to the table in connection with writing the ASTRA project to consider whether and with what services we could be reflected on this platform. I grabbed the thought by the tail and immediately contacted Anneli Saaroja, and here we are now,” Maiken Kull, the Vice-Rector for Development of the Estonian Aviation Academy recalled the beginning of the idea of ??the cooperation agreement. Adding that they had heard about Adapter before, but Estonian Aviation Academy had never used the services of the platform.

“I joined the Estonian Aviation Academy on the 1st of April, and one of my most important tasks is to develop cooperation between the academy and companies. Adapter is a platform created for this purpose, where it is possible to offer companies products and services. Although Adapter has been created as a cooperation network of Estonian universities and research and development institutions, we are pleased that professional higher education institutions are also increasingly joining the network,” Kull noted.

The Estonian Aviation Academy regularly offers aviation-related training to companies and allow them to use laboratories equipped with modern equipment (e.g. communication laboratory, hangar, unmanned aerial vehicle laboratory). “We have a sectorial hardware and software base, expertise and methodologies for developing applied research, testing, guidelines, etc. to contribute to the development of services and products of companies and partners,” Kull said. A lot of inquiries and joint work is expected from the cooperation, as well as information on the direction in which the Academy should develop research and development services for companies and plan future investments. “We hope that Adapter will reach to potential cooperation partners who have not been so aware of the possibilities of the Academy and have not been able to contact us.”

Estonian Business School Mainor, on the other hand, had never heard of Adapter before. “I had never heard of the platform before and I have not used the services of they offer. I found Adapter’s website when I was looking for suitable cooperation opportunities for universities on the Internet.

We are interested in various contacts and cooperation with companies and other educational institutions. From the cooperation we expect to grow our contact network, share knowledge and experience, get new cooperation projects and do research and development cooperation with companies and universities. This is exactly what the cooperation agreement gives us,” Katrin Eha, Mainor’s project manager said.

Mainor is the largest private higher education institution in Estonia, where you can study at both bachelor’s and master’s level. Studies are conducted in English, Estonian and Russian. “Our main building is located in the Ülemiste City business town in Tallinn, where innovative companies gather and cooperate. A strong community gives our students the opportunity to take part in many of the city’s events and projects during the time of their study. In Tartu, we are also located in the heart of the city and keep our hands on the pulse of developments. Thus, the Estonian School of Entrepreneurship Mainor is definitely one of the leaders in educational innovation today,” Eha noted.

In cooperation with companies, several innovative projects have been and are being implemented. Last year’s flagship in this area is the Cleveron Academy, which opened last fall. “There is more and more talk about Mainor University College as a provider of the wishes and needs of entrepreneurs, setting their goals according to what is happening in the society and business landscape,” Eha specified.

 

ADAPTER is a business cooperation platform between Estonian research and development institutions, the aim of which is to offer companies a quick and easy opportunity for cooperation with all Estonian universities, colleges and other research and development institutions.

ADAPTER’s promise is that if you submit your inquiry to Estonian research and development institutions through the electronic environment www.adapter.ee/en, we will respond to you with the necessary information within 5 working days.

Author: Kaja Mõts

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