Milestone in the relationship of higher education and the private sector

Cooperation agreement between Szent István University and WESSLING Hungary Kft.

The strategic cooperation agreement between Szent István University (SZIE) and WESSLING Hungary Kft., signed by the parties on June 9th in Gödöllő, can be considered a real milestone. This event is exemplary for the cooperation of higher education and the private sector, since the knowledge of a major agricultural university of Central Europe and of one of the market leaders, a private laboratory possessing great experience, will be combined in the future, and they will start joint research and projects in the areas of food economics and rural development, among other things.

„Quality services are provided by Szent István University in the areas of higher education, as well as science, which contribute to the strengthening of competitiveness, social and territorial cohesion, and to the protection of the environment. And for this, cooperation with the private sector is essential” – said rector Dr. János Tőzsér in his opening speech.

Dr. László Zanathy, managing director of WESSLING Hungary Kft. also emphasized that the cooperation between the university and the company is considered a milestone: „Our laboratory, relying on its Hungarian and international background, and almost 25 years’ worth of experince, provides laboratory analyses and consulting services in the areas of environmental, food and pharmaceutical analysis, and research, development and innovation related to these.

Kálmán Figler, chancellor of the university emphasized that current R&D projects are of extremely high added value and promote the building of a knowledge-based and competitive economy, among other things, for socio-economic development.

The partnership between Szent István University and WESSLING Hungary Kft. goes back to more than a decade, however, with the current agreement, and even closer and more effective cooperation will develop in the specific areas.

Within the cooperation between Szent István University and WESSLING Hungary Kft., special attention will be paid to the complete food economics and rural development, including traditional agricultural science and technology, gardening, food industry, veterinary science, food safety, water management, agriculture-based renewable energy management, and also environmental and land management, environmental and nature protection.

In practice, this will also be realized in research programs, since the success of joint research results will be increased further by concrete actions based on them. In connection with the joint initiatives, an important role will be played by strengthening the relationship and the cooperation between the scientific sector and the enterprises; collaboration in R&D&I tenders, especially in the areas of environmental, food and pharmaceutic raw material alanalysis.

Signatories of the agreement hope that results of the joint R&D activity will be integrated in the economy more efficiently, in order to improve the competitveness of the region and of the country. During the cooperation, training and internship opportunities will be provided to university students by WESSLING Hungary Kft., especially in the areas of environmental, food and pharmaceutical raw material analysis, while in its accredited laboratories university research and analyses will be performed.

And in the areas of environmental, food and pharmaceutical analysis, the accredited laboratories of WESSLING Hungary Kft. are considered strategic partners by the university.

Successful collaboration is also hoped for by the signatories, because while the domestic and Carpathian Basin significance of SZIE is outstanding, and it provides quality services in broad areas of science and higher education to strenghten competitiveness, social and territorial cohesion and environmental protection, WESSLING Hungary Kft. performs internationally recognized work in environmental, food and pharmaceutical raw material analysis, and research, development and innovation related to these areas, among other things.