Facts and Figures
Research, Development and consulting services
Since 1905, Corporate Technology develops innovations and contributes to Siemens' success with high-quality research, development and consulting services.
8,100 employees worldwide
More than 8,100 employees worldwide contribute their in-depth understanding of fundamental technologies, methods and trends as well as their extensive software and process expertise to Corporate Technologies' work.
(effective Sept. 2018)
63,000 granted patents
As a partner of the Business Units, Corporate Technology shapes the technology and innovation strategy of Siemens, promotes business excellence within the company and protects Siemens' intellectual property.
8 Centers of Knowledge, 17 Principal Partner Universities
Through its close dialogue with leading universities and non-university research insititutes, and through its collaboration with start-ups, Corporate Technology has acccess to external sources of inspiration that can strengthen Siemens' innovative power.
Corporate Technology contributes to the company's success in many functions, including its technology and innovation strategy, research and development in the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization, cooperation with universities, patents and business excellence.
Siemens’ central research and development arm sees itself as a strategic partner to the company’s businesses. It plays a key role in achieving and maintaining leading competitive positions in the fields of electrification and automation while at the same time helping Siemens fully tap into the growth field of digitalization.
To ensure the success of these efforts, numerous experts around the world make their outstanding knowledge available to the company:
FAU and Siemens are united by a deep network of experts, driven by over 70 years of trusting cooperation.
TU Munich is Siemens’ most longstanding CKI partner university, collaborating in innovating industry and society for almost 150 years.
TU Berlin is Siemens´ academic partner into Berlin´s digitalization ecosystem.
With RWTHs open campus environment, Siemens works on solving the big industry challenges that lie ahead.
TU Graz is Siemens’ trusted university partner with passion from rails to the digital age, from smart factory to entrepreneurship, from science to application.
Tsinghua University is Siemens´ strong academic partner in Asia.
UC Berkeley is Siemens' window into Bay Area innovation and a hub for global CKI collaboration.
With Siemens' locations near and on campus, Georgia Tech graduates one of the largest diverse future workforces trained and ready to tackle the challenges and needs of industry.
The CKI (Center of Knowledge Interchange) program is the flagship program of Siemens in university collaboration. It is unique among companies collaborating with academia. Siemens gains access to cutting-edge research and highly qualified young talents, the universities run research projects close to industry’s real needs and open up valuable career opportunities for their graduates.
The CKI program ensures a very close relationship, linking complex organizations on both the industrial and academic side. The exchange works through several pillars: A Siemens-financed expert on the university campus (CKI Manager) coordinates the collaboration activities in continuous exchange with a dedicated team of Siemens experts for both research and talent acquisition. On a senior level, an executive sponsor from Siemens’ Top Management maintains the personal dialogue with the university board via the CKI Director (usually a Department Head, Vice Rector or Dean of a university). Due to existing Master Research Agreements with all CKI universities, new research projects can be started easily and quickly.
In the CKI program, Siemens partners with currently eight universities worldwide whose research portfolios meet the company's innovation needs in various fields of research.
The CKI program is complemented by a second partnership model with 17 other universities: the Principal Partner Universities. The joint activities are facilitated by Master Research Agreements and dedicated contact persons at Siemens. The Principal Partner Universities are located in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, the UK, the USA and China.
Proven formats of bilateral collaboration allow a maximum of knowledge transfer. Besides classical contract research, Siemens is intensely working with academia in publicly funded projects. Strategic large-scale projects like the Campus Automation & Digitalization in Munich (http://www.campus-ad.de/) or the Campus FES in the Nuremberg-Erlangen region (http://www.campus-fes.com/), as well as new and innovative collaboration formats like cross-CKI idea contests and student hackathons are becoming increasingly important. The exchange with university students is enabled by PhD theses or lecturing assignments from Siemens employees at universities. Additionally, Siemens is member in various academic gremia in order to better link industry´s and academia´s needs.
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