Collaborative Training Center Kragujevac is one of the centers from the CTC network established in the Western Balkans region, in the framework of the Tempus project WBC-VMnet. It was founded on June 10, 2010 as an organizational unit of the University of Kragujevac. Considering the importance and necessity of cooperation between the universities and enterprises, the main strategic goal of the center is to coordinate and enhance cooperation, to facilitate knowledge and technology transfer and to provide opportunities to students and graduates to gain practical knowledge.
The mission of the center is to develop efficient and effective mechanisms for cooperation between universities and enterprises, through the implementation of projects, professional training for companies and the unemployed, Industrial Fellowship Programmes. Center coordinates a network of CTC centers in the WBC region (Kragujevac, Banja Luka, Podgorica, Rijeka), VMnet network comprizing over 1400 members, BRPM network of 74 researchers from 20 countries.
Also, together with regional and EU partners, it participated in the development and implementation of the new WBC regional model of cooperation between universities and enterprises which foresees seven strategic measures:
Science and Technology Parks
WBC regional industrial clusters
Consortiums of University and enterprises for joint EU projects
Cooperative training centres
Open innovation networks
Practical placement programme
Industrial fellowship programme
CTC has implemented several conferences, workshops, seminars, brokerage events for companies, researchers, innovators, with over 900 participants in the region, namely: 18 info days, 3 seminars, 7 workshops, three brokerage events, with the aim of innovating the knowledge of employees about new technologies, intellectual property protection, the methodology for innovation, etc.
Within the Center the following trainings are developed and implemented:
CAD / CAM modeling (40 hours)
Design tools (40 hours)
Modelling and optimization of manufacturing processes using the FE / FB simulation (40 hours)
Project Management (20 hours)
CAM modeling and generating NC code for a three-axis CNC milling machines (40 hours)
Industrial Metrology (40 hours)
Electronic medical devices (40 hours)
In order to improve and acquire new knowledge for students, the centers developed and coordinate a new Student Internship Program (SIP), which provide students with the opportunity to gain practical experience in the industry in fields related to their studies, as well as to further develop their professional, technical and interpersonal skills. Programs practices play an important role in linking the education and employment. They help students to focus their education to labor market needs and to improve their position and employability. Therefore the aim of the SIP is to facilitate the participation of students in the world of business and enable them to acquire professional experience and skills, in addition to theoretical knowledge. 20 student mobilites have beeen realized in the region (Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro) and the EU (Italy, Denmark, Slovenia) within WBC VMnet project, and over 200 practices in the local companies.
Industrial Fellowship Program (IFP) aims to establish sustainable partnerships between universities and industry through a period of industrial fellows (graduates and engineers from the industry) in research and academic centers, with the aim of realizing advanced targeted training for industrial fellows and joint research according to the needs of sponsor companies. Working in a team with experienced researchers, industrial fellow can acquire experience and knowledge through engaging in ongoing projects, necessary for further development activities of the sponsor companies. Flexible length of the IFP, in several periods during the year, enables the engagement of the industrial fellow at development and innovation projects of common interest, for academic and industrial partners. The IFP program is a great opportunity for technology transfer and involvement of young people in innovative projects that contribute to the exchange of experiences, ideas, knowledge, and increasing the innovative potential and competitiveness of enterprises. 30 IFP programmes have been realized in the region with 25 enterprises.
Collaborative Training Center (CTC center) of the University of Kragujevac develops and applies innovative approach to product development and optimization of technological processes based on the application of virtual engineering technologies of. Modern Resources (VM software, equipment for reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, measurement and quality control), trained staff and external experts of the VMnet network make our services unique in these areas. They are primarily aimed at local businesses and provide a strong support to increase their competitiveness in the market. CTC Kragujevac offers the following services:
Product quality measurement and control
Numerical simulations and optimization
Scanning parts with simple and complex geometry
Organization and implementation of the trainings for employed and unemployed persons
Optimization and design of the tools for sheet metal processing