RWTH: RWTH is locating the German-Emirati-Institute in Aachen

The cooperation goes back to an exchange between Chancellor Angela Merkel and Crown Prince HH Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2019, in which technology cooperation was agreed with a particular focus on Industry 4.0. The full name of the new institute, which will act as the project sponsor, is accordingly “German-Emirati Institute – Technologies 4.0” (GEI) and is located on the RWTH Aachen campus.

“The GEI shows that RWTH is perceived internationally as a first-class partner for the development of new technologies, that we enjoy doing top-level research in global networks and without cultural barriers,” explains Professor Ute Habel, Vice Rector for International Affairs.

In total, more than 25 project plans were identified in which the UAE and Germany can set up and develop Industry 4.0 projects together. Four projects in the field of emission-free synthetic fuels, intelligent cabin for aircraft, recycling of aircraft parts and improved cockpits for aircraft and cars have already received funding. Thus, a first focus is on the cooperation with industrial partners from the United Arab Emirates in the aerospace research field, in which the RWTH with its partners FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences and the German Aerospace Center DLR are already working together at the Merzbrück research airport Brought away.

The WZL machine tool laboratory at RWTH Aachen University, the Aachen University of Applied Sciences and e.SAT GmbH, a developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly, low-noise aircraft with hybrid-electric drives, are among others involved in the first GEI projects. “We are pleased that, thanks to the scientific expertise and economic strength of both countries, we can concentrate on important future solutions for sustainable aviation right from the start. This enables us to further develop emission-free flying more quickly and bring it to market maturity, ”explains Professor Frank Janser from the aerospace engineering department at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences.

“In order to bring innovations from research to practice more quickly, international technology cooperation is required. The German-Emirati-Institute, founded today, shows that North Rhine-Westphalia is in demand as a technology and research location far beyond the state’s borders. Together with the United Arab Emirates, in addition to new technologies for the aviation industry, we will jointly advance products and applications in future areas such as Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and Artificial Intelligence, ”explains Professor Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Economy, Innovation, Digitization and Energy for the State of Northern Germany. rhine-westphalia. Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food and Water Security of the United Arab Emirates, emphasized:

Hafsa Abdulla Mohamed Sharif Al Ulama (Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Germany) and Ernst Peter Fischer (Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)) today confirmed their support for the German Emirati with many guests from politics, science and business Institutes. Peter Fischer stated: “We are pleased that with the establishment of the institute, the agreement from the German-Emirati government consultations on intensifying economic cooperation between the two countries is taking shape.”

Bernhard Randerath, Managing Director of the new German-Emirati Institute – Technologies 4.0, adds: “The institute will centralize, manage and control the projects. Our main task is the coordination and combination of skills and latest technology approaches and access to this unique ecosystem, the bridge between our projects and cultures. “
This cooperation has been selected Aachen as the main site in Germany, as the RWTH Aachen University with 280 institutes and RWTH Aachen Campus, a network of science and over 400 technology companies, have the necessary equipment – for example research laboratories, real laboratories, workshops, test facilities or industrial machine parks.