Working at the forefront of high-tech innovation
Innovation Cluster Drachten is celebrating its 5-years public private initiative, March 2019. Innovation Cluster Drachten (ICD) is an internationally active eco-system of collaborating high-tech companies and knowledge institutes operating at the forefront of innovation in the north of the Netherlands.
The Cluster Drachten aims to contribute to solutions for the future. Over 3,500 professionals from university graduates to production employees are researching the Big 5 of High Tech innovation: 3D metal printing, Remote sensoring and Big Data, Robotics, Visual intelligence and Electric propulsion. ICD delivers ready-made products for a world-wide market.
‘A successful public private concept expected to expand rapidly in the next few years’, says Joost Krebbekx, program manager ICD. ‘In a few weeks, we hope to welcome the 20th high-tech company working within ICD and shortly ICD will be housed at a physical location at the Philips company in Drachten where students and business can meet. A win-win-environment.’
Degree programme Factories of the Future
Knowledge institutes like the universities of Groningen and Twente, univer-sities of applied science like NHL and Hanze University, and regional training center ROC Friese Poort, have linked up with ICD to do research and enable their students to do graduation and work experience internships in a high-grade technological environment.
In the academic year 2019-2020, the University of Groningen will start a Mas-ter’s degree programme in Mechanical Engineering introducing the graduate track Smart Factories/Factories of the Future. The graduate track Smart Fac-tories has been developed jointly with the Drachten Innovation Cluster and UG faculty, Campus Fryslân. Master’s students can attend their second year of this track in Drachten.