On 5 December, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and PIMEC (an employers’ association that represents the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and the self-employed of Catalonia) signed an agreement to establish a framework of collaboration. The aim is to promote knowledge and technology transfer from the university to the production sectors, and thus boost innovation, competitiveness, and economic growth. In this context, both entities will coordinate scientific research, technology development, and training activities. The actions will be focused on the following areas:
CIT UPC will participate actively in the definition and follow-up of actions. It will focus particularly on actions designed to facilitate innovation and technology development: detection of technology needs, diagnosis, advice on implementation of solutions via R&D projects, and the definition and execution of collaboration projects at Spanish and international level, among others.
From its position of leadership in Industry 4.0 and the energy transition, the UPC wishes to help Catalan SMEs with this increasingly demanding transition to work in a global, competitive market. The University is working to set up an Observatory for Technology Foresight for the sector. Data from the Observatory will be used to draw up reports and to help guide the research developed by research centres and groups to anticipate market demand, and to help Catalan companies to gain a more competitive position.