Umicore and the University of Applied Sciences in Nysa intensify their cooperation as part of the newly created ‘Sustainable Engineering’ specialization degree

Regional website Poland

On Friday 23 October 2020, global materials technology company Umicore and the University of Applied Sciences in Nysa, one of the leading colleges of the Opolskie region, signed a letter of intent to build a strong cooperation to mutually share knowledge in the field of clean mobility technologies.

While the concrete elements of the cooperation still have to be finetuned, the university and Umicore consider the organization of conferences, scientific seminars, student internships and other activities related to battery technologies. Additionally, the university and Umicore have already started developing specific lectures on clean mobility and circular economy for the newly created ‘Sustainable Engineering’ specialty degree that was installed by the university at the start of the academic year.

Master students in Management and Production Engineering at the Faculty of Technical Sciences can now choose this specialization that focusses on subjects such as lithium-ion battery cell technology, instrumental analysis in industrial processes, cleaner production technologiesand  sustainable energy systems.

In a new research and educational center for sustainable development laboratories with top-notch research and didactic equipment will be installed. The engineering students will get access to the most modern tools, such as the latest 3D printers, a five-axis robot, plotters, lasers and drones.

As a global leader in the field of cathode materials for Li-ion batteries Umicore can bring a lot of expert knowledge to the university and the students.

“Umicore’s investment in a cathode materials plant in Nysa was definitely a great inspiration to start such an ambitious project in the field of clean mobility. It is important to offer our students a high-quality education in battery technology for electric vehicles in order to prepare them for future jobs in high-tech companies like Umicore,”  says professor Przemysław Malinowski, the chancellor of the PWSZ in Nysa.

Agata Czechowska, Communication Manager at Umicore in Nysa, commented: “At Umicore, we are delighted to cooperate with the college in Nysa and contribute to the development of technical skills of young engineers in the Opolskie region. The new generation of engineers will be key to support the transition to clean mobility.”