KSTC Intermediation Business
A system to enhance industry satisfaction level and faculty initiative
KU had handled technical consultations from small- and medium-sized businesses within the scope of its social contribution (in addition to academic study and education). However, depending on the content or scale, the level of involvement, within the scope of social contribution, was insufficient at times. We, the Consultation & Office Operation Group of KU's AiRIMaQ, refer such consultation items to KSTC to expand on technical consultation with using KU's research results and acquired faculty know-how to figure out the business issues of the industry.
The involvement of Kyushu University in the operational management of highly transparent industry-academia collaboration programs
There are items of technical consultation that KU accepts; and, these require the continuous engagement of the faculty. In such cases, it is proper to ensure the transparency of a system in which the university is involved in operational management while faculty members take on such projects as secondary professional employment posts. KU established the Kyushu University- Steinbeis Japan Transfer Center (KSTC) in July 2005, together with Steinbeis (StW) of Germany and Steinbeis Japan Inc. (StWJ). With this partnership, experience and expertise in an entrusted business has resulted in a track record of success for all concerned.
A system to enhance industry satisfaction and faculty initiative
For technical consultations that go beyond the scope of joint or sponsored research and require the continuous involvement of faculty, we created a system in which individual faculty members can receive compensation by accepting a secondary professional employment post that allows all concerned a tremendous level of satisfaction.
President Kobori (StWJ), Hauch(StW) and President Kajiyama (KU)
Requests from industries that are submitted to KU through faculty members, StW, StWJ or other institutions, are handled the same way as those received directly by the Consultation & Office Operation Group of AiRIMaQ. They are subject to a preliminary hearing by the Consultation & Office Operation Group's coordinators and discussed at the coordination evaluation meeting in AiRIMaQ to judge (1) whether such requests will be accepted by KU or by KSTC; and (2) whether such requests will be administered by KU or KSTC. Requests that are determined to be KSTC's work in the evaluation meeting are coordinated by KSTC for the implementation of specific developmental work with the consent of industries and faculty members. The Consultation & Office Operation Group assists KSTC with the process to allow faculty members to accept a secondary professional employment post and to use the university's facilities and equipment.
■Achievements of Steinbeis Japan Inc.
Every year, faculty members working outside their universities implement more than 20,000 projects at more than 621 STCs (Steinbeis Transfer Centers) in 50 countries, particularly in Germany. Listed below are the achievements of Steinbeis Japan Inc.:
- Survey on cutting-edge technologies
- Introduction of waste treatment technologies from Europe
- Assistance in selecting and obtaining resin equipment for molded resin products
- Search for partners in introducing environmentally-friendly energy generation facilities
- Search for partners in developing medical supplies
- Search for suppliers of industrial materials in Europe
- Assistance in the search for new chemical compounds in Europe
- Survey on partners for introducing cutting-edge environmental technologies in Europe
- Search for partners in developing new technologies
- Funded development
- Consigned development of multi-gas sensors
- Development of instruments to measure Japanese sake strength while brewing
- Production of prototypes for new image displays
- Development of products for European markets
- Development of automobile parts
- Evaluation of technologies and marketability
- Evaluation of technologies and market for non-contact inspection equipment
- Evaluation of methods for purifying sterilizing components
- Evaluation of methods for quality improvement and inspection of compact welded parts
- Evaluation of marketability in Europe for newly developed products
- Evaluation and transfer of patents