Technology, Innovation, Science

Research and development, education and innovation go hand in hand

The business location Hof has developed into an interesting technology and innovation site, mainly due to the Hochschule Hof.

This great technology and innovation environment is specifically promoted and further developed by the city of Hof and The Free State of Bavaria.

Close connections between economy, science and technology transfer sites ensure additional benefits for businesses. Crucial parts of this setting also are numerous networks between companies and technology suppliers. They are development drivers of the business location Hof.

The Hof University for Applied Sciences- even though pretty young - exhibits an utterly dynamic development both in the field of degree programs and in the field of facilities and technical features.

The departments are business administration, engineering and computer sciences.

Special master programs complete the offer. For this purpose, special competence centers for economy were built like the new Institute for Information Systems IISYS and the Institut für Materialwissenschaften. The university of Hof is an important driving force in the field of technology and partner in economy due to its

  • modern degree programs tailored to companies requirements
  • strong international integration
  • high level of practical experience in research and teaching
  • close cooperation with regional companies in the fields of knowledge, technology and innovation transfer
  • training of young, highly qualified people for the regional economy

Further institutions are the Virtual University of Bavaria as a compound of all Bavarian universities making key knowledge contents widely available online and the Bavarian-Indian Center for Business and University Cooperation. At this point, diverse approaches for future-orientated companies arise.

The training and technology center of the Chamber of Crafts in Upper Franconia in Hof offers technology consulting in all fields. Furthermore, a business advice center is available.

The Landesgewerbeanstalt Bayern (Bavarian state testing authority) in Hof provides extensive services from double checked statics and material testing to patent search.

Kekutex, the innovation center for ceramics, synthetic materials and textiles in the Hof region combines practice with training and pools the know-how of various on-site synthetic material, textile and ceramics companies in the field of research, technology and formation and further develops them.

New important impulses in the area of automotive suppliers are set by the Automobiltechnikum Bayern in the automotive supplier park Pole Position as lead project of the Free State of Bavaria and the region of High Franconia/Hof. In the Technikum, suppliers can carry out own research and development projects and in the process use the extensive and cutting-edge facilities and test equipment for cooperation projects. At the same time, the Technikum pools the know-how of all relevant Upper Franconian universities and research and development institutions in the field of automotive supply industry.

The Bavarian Environmental Agency based in Hof possesses a diverse know-how in the fields of environment/water and geology and has numerous offers for the economy.

Many international congresses, symposia and networking events complete the offer in the fields of science, technology, research and innovation, particularly in the core competencies of the city of Hof.