Collaboration Between Canada and RWTH

Andreas Schmitter

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed during a recent visit by a high-ranking delegation from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC).


This was the National Research Council's third visit to RWTH. The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge, and technology development. The objective of the visit, organized by the RWTH International Office, was to expand already existing research partnerships as well as develop collaborative programs. To this end, communication and exchange of knowledge between researchers of both institutions is to be promoted.

The visit also presented an ideal opportunity for the institutions to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, formalizing their partnership and serving as a foundation for further collaborative activities. Key research areas the partners will be focusing on are, among others: Advanced manufacturing, renewable energy, clean technology and environmental technology, advanced transportation technology and autonomous vehicles, mining technologies as well as digital technologies and quantum technologies. Three bilateral projects, which have already been initiated thanks to funding by the NRC, are being realized by RWTH under the direction of Professor Reinhart Poprawe (Chair for Laser Technology, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology), Professor Bernd Lottermoser (Institute of Mineral Resources Engineering) and Professor Oliver Guillon (Head of Institute, Climate Research (IEK-1): Materials Synthesis and Processing at Forschungszentrum Jülich).

NRC Vice-President Francois Cordeau stressed the importance of RWTH as a "key university partner" in Germany, with whom a long-lasting and sustainable partnership is to be established. RWTH Rector Ulrich Rüdiger underlined the strategic potential of this collaboration and pointed out the many synergistic effects it offers. Exchange programs for students as well as for researchers are to be established as well.

Source: Press and Communications