Memorandum of Understanding: Steinbeis – Baden – Wurttemberg, Leading Entrepreneurial Education


A strategy to boost the development of the Danube Region was proposed by the Europaean Commission on 8th December 2010. The European Council endorsed the EU Strategy for the Danube Region on 23rd-24th June 2011 calling on all relevant actors to implement it without delay.

In the context of the EU strategy for the Danube Region, the Romanian Academy of Science, Steinbeis Network and the Council of Danube Cities and Regions intend to establish a closer cooperation in areas of common interest related to the Danube Strategy and consistent with the missions of the organizations.

The competences of the Romanian Academy of Science (RA) covers a vast number of research areas and their activities are dedicated to the development of science in conformity with Romanian national interests and promotion and enhancement of the intellectual and material wealth. In November 2011 a Letter of Intention has been signed by Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and the Academies of Sciences of Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia about cooperation in implementing the EU Strategy for Danube Region.

Steinbeis with headquarters in Baden-Württemberg and its extensive network of more than 850 transfer oriented centers specializes in making a whole spectrum of the latest technology and management insights available to customers. Steinbeis transfers competitive knowledge and technology into business, for the benefit of large companies as well as small and medium sized enterprises. Steinbeis Transfer Centre

Science, Technology and Economy is representing Steinbeis GmbH & Co.KG and Steinbeis-Innovationszentrum is representing Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH.


Council of Danube Cities and Regions (CODCR) is a major inter-municipal and interregional network to become an example of cross-border cooperation in the Danube Region. With its political Head Office in Ulm and operational Headquarters and General Secretariat in Bucharest, CODCR is a bridge that links European, regional and local institutions to the academic, business, financing networks and other representatives of the civil society.

Based on these internal reviews, the RA, STW and CODCR intend to take the following steps:

  • Support the launch of Scientific Cooperation Initiative “Science for the Danube Strategy” and to join this Initiative
  • Further explore and identify cooperation activities in the following broad areas of mutual interests, such as: – Environmental information and assessment systems – Modeling (e.g. agriculture and climate change) – Sustainable management of natural resources (e.g. water, soil, forest, air, land, biodiversity) – Environmental risks (e.g. forest fires, droughts, floods, desertification, industrial hazards) – Restauration strategies (land, water bodies, etc.)
  • Explore options and make a recommendation with regard to the appropriate framework and governance structure for carrying out the proposed activities, including resource implications.
  • Establish a small task force to further develop the potential collaborative activities provided in this Memorandum of Understanding, in particular elaborate a technical roadmap on priority cooperation activities and means, including staff exchanges and technology transfer.


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