Three major Dutch companies – Fokker, Philips and Ortec – will open centers of excellence and laboratories at the University “Politehnica” of Bucharest (UPB), Mihnea Costoiu UPB Rector announced recently during “Building a Successful Dutch-Romanian Tech Cooperation” event, organized by the Netherlands Romanian Chamber of Commerce (NRCC).
His statement was made following the strategic agreement signed between Fokker Engineering, subsidiary of Fokker Technologies, and UPB , which involves a full package of special training modules in the aeronautical engineering area offered by the Dutch company, for the students from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of the UPB, a press release informs.
According to Costoiu, this is the first important investment of an airplane company in a university of Romania after many years.
Within the programme conducted by renowned professors and Fokker’s specialists, in a first stage, a number of 50 senior students of the Aerospace Engineering Faculty within the University will be trained, among whom, following a selection, their number will be cut to half.
At the end of this internship, a number of 25 Romanian students will receive a graduation certificate that will allow them to get hired in any specialized company in the world, the Dutch company being known as a leader all around the world.
In turn, Sebastian van Hese, NRCC President and General Director of Fokker Engineering in Romania, pointed out that, currently, the society depends on science and technology.
“I am surrounded by brilliant minds, from a scientific, diplomatic, business point of view, but more important is the fact that I stand before a bright future of Romanian engineering. If we take a look at the beginnings, Romania and the Netherlands are two countries that produce exceptional engineers and pioneers, in charge for some innovative technologies which changed the world. The future success of Romania is based on the ability to bring innovation within the country,” Sebastian van Hese, NRCC President and General Director of Fokker Engineering in Romania, said.
Attending the event, Stella Ronner-Grubacic, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, assessed that this partnership gathers different visions and unique qualities: students, with ingenuity and creativity, professors, with their capacity to involve young minds and to stimulate their interest in certain subjects.