On October 17, 2016, a German delegation from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and its affiliate companies BAVARIA INSITE and VDI/ VDE/IT visited Jubail Industrial College. The German team, along with the JIC counterparts, conducted several industrial visits within the Kingdom and held working meetings with companies' senior management and technical personnel in order to identify industrial problems and propose effective solutions for them.
In the same context, JIC and TUM along with their partners will organize in the coming months a series of workshops with leading local companies in order to identify the first set of applied research projects that will focus on finding innovative solutions for energy-efficient petrochemical operations, environmentally-clean engineering & manufacturing processes, converging industries, and technology transfer. The aim is to provide these industrial solutions locally through the newly-established Research & Innovation and Industrial Integration Centre at the campus of JIC as well as through the collaboration with TUM, when required. This calls for establishing a strong partnership between the academic and industrial sectors which is one of the objectives of this visit which lasted three days.
Other goals include initiating an incubation program, on the campus of JIC, that will fully support and/or operate startups and small & medium enterprises through the above-mentioned Research and Innovation Centre.
The German delegation also paid an official visit to the Royal Commission to exchange views and ideas on finding a common ground to serve the community according to the Saudi market needs and in alignment with the 2030 Kingdom's Vision that calls for attracting local, regional and international investments.