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The first Kisek meeting outside Croatia was held in Västerås, the fifth city by population in Sweden, from March 31th to April 1st, 2008. Participants were project partners from Croatia, (from universities, companies and professional associations), Paderborn University project partners from Germany (UPB), and our hosts, partners from Mälardalen University (MdH), who have invited lots of interesting guests from University and Swedish companies.


Mälardalen University, Västerås


The purpose of this meeting and visit to Mälardalen University, was to analyse educational models and organisation of cooperation between academia and industry, both in Sweden and in Paderborn University (Germany). Both universities maintain strong cooperation in the joint projects between universities and companies, where partners have the mutual interests and benefits, such as science research for companies or real-life problems for academia.


Through successful examples of both faculties, like:

  • Progress - Swedish national strategic research center
  • S-lab - Competence center for Software Engineering in Paderborn

it was shown that the cooperation between these two, often separated sides (univeresities and companies) can be done, which is one of the main objectives in Tempus Kisek project.


During two days of the visit, the following presentations were given by both university members and business representatives:

  • Presentation of research at IDT/MRTC (Prof Hans Hansson, Director of research at IDT)
  • Research Education (Anders Jörnesten, Director of Studies research education
  • Cooperation – existing projects in cooperation with Croatia (Prof Ivica Crnković)
  • Education at MdH, IDT Bologna system (Dr Damir Isovic, Vice Dean IDT, education)
  • International cooperation Erasmus/Socrates (Mr Salam Zandi, International Liaison Officer)
  • Master education, SE, master program, international cooperation (Prof Sasikumar Punnekkat, Director of SE master studies)
  • Master program, Industrial cooperation (Prof Kristina Lundkvist, Project Leader, Vice chair of SE division)
  • Research, Education, and Innovation in Software Engineering at University of Paderborn (Dr Stefan Henkler)
  • Current cooperation MdH-Croatia (Prof Ivica Crnković)
  • IDT/MdH cooperation with Industry (Prof Christer Norström, Vice President MdH)
  • Example with cooperation MdH – ABB (Dr Fredrik Ekdahl, Development manager, ABB)
  • Automation Region – Regional Initiative (Mr Sven-Arne Paulsson, Director of automation Region)

 The presentations can be downloaded from Kisek Resources page.



Dr. Damir Isović, Vice Dean, speaks about education at MdH


Lots of different themes were discussed on the meeting, mainly focused on different ways of cooperation:

  • students' and staff exchange between university partners
  • current cooperation between MdH and universities in Croatia
  • extending the cooperation with MdH and UPB in both education and research fields
  • experiences in cooperation with industry in both education and research fields
  • Software Engineering competence centers in Sweden and Germany
  • Current state of Kisek project  

New ideas were discussed during the working lunch, also


Meeting some hard-working MdH students... Will this robot run 100 metres in 9,5 seconds as predicted? :-)