Cooperation with the academic community

Partnerships and networks with universities and research institutions are an important part of Outotec’s everyday business. In 2016, Outotec cooperated with more than 30 universities and research institutions worldwide.

The scope of these partnerships varies, but they are primarily related to technology development, digitalization and IoT development, systems integration, the circular economy, hybrid materials and water issues. Outotec’s closest research partners in 2016 were Aalto University, the Technical Research Center of Finland, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Oulu University and the Geological Survey of Finland.

Partnering with universities or other educational institutes also involves contributing to educational steering committees, guest lecturing, software licensing, hosting student groups, and collaborating on master’s and PhD theses.

One example of educational cooperation during 2016 is the Sustainability Master Class program, run for students, young researchers and professionals interested in new approaches to innovation. This four-month multidisciplinary program is organized together with the University of Helsinki. For more information on this program and its goals.

Outotec has also established sustainability prizes to encourage university students to apply their ideas to create practical innovations. Such prizes are offered at:

  • Central South University in China, where Outotec has awarded the ten best projects promoting sustainable design, in an annual competition run since 2013. In 2016 a decision was made to continue this cooperation for at least four more years.
  • The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • The South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy’s Mineral Processing Symposium