In December 2004, we very successfully hosted the innovation forum "Aircraft Engine Technology in Brandenburg", sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, with more than 100 participants at the BTU Cottbus. The forum focused on the further development of networks and clusters in the East German aero engine industry and on bringing SMEs and system leaders closer together for a joint exchange of experience and for the development of future perspectives. All this, of course, with the aim of maintaining and creating permanent and future-proof jobs in the Brandenburg region. We want to continue to accompany this process with all our energy.
Together with the engine manufacturers Rolls-Royce, MTU AeroEngines and DLR, we have developed the branch of study "aeroengine technology" in mechanical engineering, which is unique in Germany. The companies mentioned above support this area of study with valuable industry and application-oriented courses. Our students are very happy to take up this unique offer, which has been available since the winter semester 2003, in large numbers. After all, it opens up the chance of a "higtec" job in Dahlewitz or Ludwigsfelde. With the introduction of this course of study, the number of enrolments in mechanical engineering has more than doubled, which is of great importance to BTU.
Due to the regional proximity and the importance of the companies Rolls-Royce and MTU AeroEngines for Brandenburg, the Institute of Transportation Technology has agreed on the central research area of engine technology since its foundation in 1999. In 2001, discussions were therefore initiated with Rolls-Royce Deutschland (RRD) to further deepen and better coordinate the already existing research links. In 2002, a cooperation agreement was therefore signed and joint research project definitions were started.
The very successful completion of the first tasks finally prompted the Rolls-Royce Group to set up a UTC at BTU Cottbus - the first UTC in Germany. Further UTC in Germany exist at the Technical Universities of Dresden, Karlsruhe and Darmstadt.
This documents an even closer and more trusting cooperation between the partners, which goes far beyond pure project work and is geared to medium to long-term perspectives. The Rolls-Royce UTC at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg bears the name: "UTC for Multidisciplinary Process Integration". Depending on the task at hand, the UTC draws on professors from the Institutes of Transport Engineering, Production Research and Electronics and Information Technology.
Currently, projects with a financial volume of approximately one million euros per year are being worked on. Approximately 20 doctoral students are researching in different topics.