Kaunas University of Technology is one of the leaders of research and development (R&D) in physical and technology sciences in Lithuania. The results of the research and development performed by KTU researchers in the fields of ultrasound, synthetic chemistry, optoelectronic, measurement, mechatronics, information and communication technology, biomedical and environmental engineering, chemical technology and food sciences, business and management sciences help to create revolutionary solutions to scientific and practical problems: from designing smart appliances and constructing assisting devices for disabled people, to creating ultra precise tools for medical diagnostics and implementing innovations in space and nuclear equipment.
Internationally Recognised Researchers
The researchers of Kaunas University of Technology are project leaders and valued partners in the international scientific community. In 2008–2012, researchers of the University contributed to 38 projects of the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), to 15 EUREKA projects, to 4 EUROSTARS projects and participated in 41 COST actions. In 2012, KTU research funding through various international science programmes reached the 3,5 million EUR. The results of the research performed by the researchers of KTU are being published in international scientific database referred and acknowledged scientific journals. The University publishes 14 scientific journals, referred in international scientific databases, and around 40 thematic conferences are being organized in KTU to discuss the latest science and industry news.
Strong Links with Business and Industry
Kaunas University of Technology is known for its close relationship with business and industry. 70 percent of all Lithuanian higher education institutions commissioned business and industry R&D is fulfilled by KTU researchers. KTU is a founder of two integrated science, studies and business valleys – Nemunas and Santaka.
On the basis of solid collaboration, the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre was founded in 2012. The Centre became a facilitator between business and science – the starting point for making a connection that can lead to interesting collaborations, new enterprises, and innovative solutions to practical business and industry problems. The Centre, so far, has attended to 150 business and industry customers’ enquiries for science innovations.
Kaunas University of Technology provides its students a ground where their ideas can spring to life. The KTU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre’s “Start-up Space” assists students, researchers and the graduates of the University in transforming their imagination into businesses; it provides the space, organizes lectures and workshops, and renders support to the young entrepreneurs. With the help of “Start-up Space” 22 start-up businesses on the intellectual property basis have been founded.
KTU Develops Future Science Leaders
One of the strategic lines of Kaunas University of Technology is promoting PhD studies. At the moment, KTU offers 17 PhD programmes. KTU PhD students are enabled to share their experience internationally while fulfilling research in many research programmes the University scientific community participates in. By investing into PhD students, KTU invests in the future. The partnership with industry, the experience, knowledge, and skills of the University researchers, the methodological and technical resources of the University create a favourable climate for fostering the talents of the new leaders of science.
- International PhD study programmes.
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre acting as a facilitator between business and science, enabling the collaboration in finding solutions for business and industry, and in creating new enterprises on the basis of intellectual property.
- Internationally acclaimed scientific community.
- Leadership in contracted research with business and industry enterprises among Lithuanian universities.
- Investments in science infrastructure by creating integrated science and business valleys, and welcoming adjoining enterprises.
- Researchers of the University contribute to the projects funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), EUREKA, EUROSTARS and COST programmes.