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Cooperations and Networks

University Alliances

The HAWtech University Alliance brings together six leading universities of applied sciences (UAS) in the MINT subjects. They are united by the conviction that excellent teaching and applied research and development are of great importance for successfully launching innovative products and processes in Germany as a business location. The common goal is to strengthen small and medium-sized enterprises in particular as the engine of economic strength in regional networks through scientific, practice-oriented education of outstanding engineers and through joint research and development in the innovation process. In order to achieve this, the partner universities work closely together in teaching, research and administration. In addition, HAWtech is committed to increased promotion of research at universities of applied sciences.

The HAWtech-Universities concentrate especially on the application of new research results in order to implement them as quickly as possible in operational practice. This promotes close cooperation between all HAWtechs, companies and renowned German research institutions, including Helmholtz and Fraunhofer.

Participants are: FH Aachen, HTW Berlin, Hochschule Darmstadt, HTW Dresden, Hochschule Esslingen, Hochschule Karlsruhe

Since 2007, the five Saxon Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) have been working together conceptually and in terms of content to fulfil their missions in teaching and research. In future, the research-based transfer will also be carried out jointly as a third mission, which will raise cooperation to a new level. The five HAW of the Free State of Saxony bundle know-how and resources in the Transfer Network Saxony5 on the basis of a common transfer strategy. The self-image of the Transfer Network is a Smart University Grid for the intelligent networking of knowledge flows.

Participants are: HTW Dresden, HTWK Leipzig, Hochschule Mittweida, Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz, Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau

DRESDEN-concept is an association of TU Dresden with strong partners from science and culture with the aim of making the excellence of Dresden's research visible. The cooperation in the DRESDEN-concept aims at the following: The partners develop and use synergy in the fields of research, education, infrastructure and administration. They coordinate their scientific strategy and identify the areas in which Dresden leads internationally. They develop a joint strategy to attract world-leading scientists to Dresden.

Research and Development

SaxFDM is an initiative of Saxon universities and research institutions for the networking, cooperation and coordination of activities related to research data management.


With the initiative for a National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI), the Federal Government promotes the exchange and re-use of research data as well as the establishment of a state-of-the-art infrastructure for the management, processing and analysis of research data. SaxFDM will promote and coordinate Saxon activities at NFDI.

The FHNet network was established in 2015 on the initiative of the participating universities and has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since 2017. 23 universities are represented in the network.

The universities have set themselves the goal of

  • to position themselves strategically with a view to European research topics,
  • increase the visibility of universities of applied sciences in Europe,
  • to attract more EU research projects, in particular under the Horizon 2020 research framework programme


futureSAX - the innovation platform of the Free State of Saxony - gives growth impulses to founders and entrepreneurs from Saxony and networks innovators from science and industry across industries. To finance growth, futureSAX offers founders and entrepreneurs numerous matching opportunities with investors. The futureSAX Innovation Conference is the highlight of the futureSAX year and a meeting point for all actors and innovation enthusiasts of Saxony's start-up and innovation ecosystem.

dresden|exists not only offers practical support and qualification in the areas of business ideas, business start-ups and technology transfer. We also want to permanently introduce new methods and findings into our work. Therefore, we are involved in various research and application projects in the fields of start-up research, innovation management and technology transfer together with various partners.


RESEARCH FOR FUTURE is a joint initiative of the federal states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. The aim is to organise joint stands at selected trade fairs under the slogan "FORSCHUNG FÜR DIE ZUKUNFT - Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen" (concretisation according to current participation situation) and thus use the financial and human resources available in the federal states as effectively as possible.

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