Chalmers + Ericsson = Innovation

​Chalmers and Ericsson have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to jointly strengthen and develop education, research and innovation within the ICT sector in the long term.

Chalmers has a strong, long running partnership with Ericsson, but the new agreement marks a new collaboration model, and the initiative is expected to have several positive effects. With a more strategic dialogue on the challenges of tomorrow, mutual interests can be identified and new activities initiated. The cooperation will contribute to profitable and sustainable growth, competitiveness, and attractiveness for both parties.
“We are lifting the contacts between Chalmers and Ericsson to the highest level which allows a long-term, forward-looking dialogue. We will have regular meetings to discuss the strategic issues around research, training and utilization, and thus identify the needs and convert them into concrete operational activities”, says Chalmers President Karin Markides.
She mentions the development of 5G as an example – an area that encompasses many complex issues that need to be discussed in a comprehensive strategic plan for research and expertise.
The agreement was signed by Chalmers President Karin Markides and Ericsson’s research director Sara Mazur during a ceremony at Chalmers on November 5, 2014. They both agree that the information and communication technology sector represents a strong industry for future engineers.
A large number of students attended the event, and took the opportunity to talk with Ericsson and Chalmers researchers engaged in projects in cooperation with Ericsson. Sara Mazur held a brief presentation on the opportunities of the future network society, and declared that everything that benefits from being connected will be connected. Broadband, mobility, and cloud services are among the most important infrastructures in society today.
“Everyone uses the technology today, and the ICT-area will become even more important in the future. There are enormous opportunities in the information and communications technology, not least for those who want to work in the industry. Ericsson operates in a technology-intensive field which also is developing very fast. We need to recruit talented leaders with a very strong technical background, says Sara Mazur, director of research at Ericsson.
Karin Markides adds that the cooperation with Ericsson will strengthen Chalmers’ ability to attract students, both nationally and internationally.
Text: Malin Ulfvarson
Photo: Jan-Olof Yxell