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­we Launches New Center of Engineering in Croatia

By ­niversity of the West of England, Bristol

September 16, 2009

The University of the West of England (UWE) and the European Union have jointly launched the Center of Mechatronics, Karlovac (CMK) in Croatia. Led by Farid Dailami and colleagues from the UWE's Bristol Institute for Technology, the center will work with the existing Polytechnic and Technical Schools of Karlovac.

CMK will provide new courses and give students the opportunity to work with local companies. The Technical School already obtains local apprenticeships for its students, but the CMK will use the Polytechnic's resources to give strategic advice, consultancy, and professional training to companies whose industries include electronic and mechanical engineering as well as robotics.

"The center has already generated significant interest in Karlovac and has benefited from funding contributions and commercial contracts of around 15,000 euros from industry and other local and national organizations," Dailami says. "This 'pump priming' has enabled the center's management to focus on the future and formulate a growth strategy to fit the educational, industrial, and commercial needs of Karlovac and its region."

The UWE also is setting up an exchange with the Polytechnic so that its teaching staff can obtain Ph.D.s from UWE.

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