Szent István University presented a Higher Education and Industry Cooperation Centre (FIEK) supported by a 1.5 billion forint (EUR 4.5m) grant from the National R+D+I Fund in Gödöllő, on the outskirts of Budapest, on Tuesday.
The FIEK will focus on IT advancements in the farm sector, the university’s deputy rector, István Szabó, noted.
The centre is one of eight the government is establishing with European Union and state funds to optimise links between universities and businesses, accelerating the transfer of academic research to practical applications.
FIEK centres located around the country focus on materials technology (Miskolc), the pharmaceutical industry (Budapest), crop production and livestock farming (Kaposvár). Budapest and Debrecen will have such centres focusing on the health industry, while those in Gyor and Kecskemet will concentrate on the automotive industry.