Having displayed the first corporate examples of university-industry cooperation in Turkey successfully, Arçelik has contributed to the completion of more than 200 theses so far with the cooperation of respected professors at the universities. Thus, scientific approaches and wide knowledge in the university have created value for our R&D projects and companies as well as universities itself. Our company has undersigned long-term projects with college students as from internship period. More than 100 engineers, who completed their theses at Arçelik under the supervision of professors, have been recruited in different units of the company.
Arçelik A.Ş. also proceeds by making long-term strategic collaborations with universities and research centers that are specialized in R&D activities. Adopting open innovation principles, the company sets the pace for the other companies in Turkey with its practices in this field for many years.
Arcelik A.S. supported laboratories were launched in Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering. In these laboratories SAN-TEZ, Tübitak cooperation projects are carried out and miscellaneous equipments and experimental assemblies are installed as suitable for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
In addition to collaborations with national universities, activities for improving the collaborations with foreign universities continue to access the information onsite. Arçelik A.Ş. has collaboration with more than 20 universities in USA, China, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherkands etc. Arçelik A.Ş. maintained and reinforced its collaborations with near 30 national universities. Arçelik A.Ş. maintains its R&D activities by also strengthening in international arena through various projects, platforms and funds and plays an active role in organizations. The Design Office in Taiwan is seen as a significant international step that will improve the access to scientific environment and knowledge outside the company. Furthermore, Arçelik A.Ş. actively participates to the innovative projects platform of EU for many years. By improving its international collaborations, the company maintained its leader position also this year in Seventh Framework Programme and in EUREKA.
In EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), which aims Turkey to integrate with European Research Field in the field of science, technology and innovation, Arçelik A.Ş. again achieved a significant success and ranked first in 2012 in the category of “Most Successful 5 Companies Based on the Number of Partnerships in 7th Framework Programme” within the book named as “EU 7th Framework Programme Mid-Term Evaluation Report (January 1, 2007 and June 30, 2012)” and published by TUBITAK EU Framework Programmes National Coordination Office (UKO).
In 7th FP, regarded as the Champions League of R&D supports, Arçelik A.Ş. takes part in 12 projects in the fields such as nanomaterials, food storage technologies, insulation materials, electronic device design for aging population, optimization of transportation and logistics networks, 3D visual home entertainment systems. Arçelik A.Ş. projects in FP7 are;
Bugworkers (http://www.bugworkersproject.eu/), Diomedes (http://www.diomedes-project.eu/default.htm), Vicon (http://www.vicon-project.eu/), Innoshade (http://www.innoshade.eu/home.html), Frisbee (www.frisbee-project.eu), Finest (www.finest-ppp.eu/), Romeo (http://www.ict-romeo.eu/), Nanoporousvip(http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/102528_en.html, Shield (http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/107402_en.html), Phoenix (http://cordis.europa.eu/projects/rcn/106381_en.html), Cspace ve Practice.
Arçelik A.S. is Board Member of the Networked and Electronic Media (NEM) European Technology Platform’s (NEM Initiative), bringing together the leader organizations in Europe in the field of digital media/content production and network technologies,