The mutual enrichment of knowledge between universities and companies is a key to innovation.
Thanks to forica.org, the networking of companies and universities expands beyond the national framework.
Let's take the example of SIREA, a French SME based in Castres (France), which has a long experience of collaboration with universities or engineering schools in emerging or developing countries. This company designs and manufactures programmable logic controllers and communication gateways for multiple applications: environment, mining, energy.
Starting with lending equipment in 2017 to a Cambodian lecturer at ITC, SIREA has engaged in a collaborative approach with mutual benefits.
Today, the collaboration goes a step further by setting up a training factory for manufacturing electrical components (cabinets, control, storage and energy management) and a R&D office dedicated to finding innovative solutions in the field of solar electricity. As part of the Techno Incubation Space, SIREA, alongside forica.org, is committed to supporting teams of students engaged in entrepreneurial projects related to the development of renewable energies in Cambodia. This support takes the forms of
practical support of the SIREA-ITC training factory
A French VIE (International Corporate Volunteer), has joined ITC in October 2018.
Other types of collaborations are possible:
internships of Franco-Khmer pairs students in Cambodian companies, particularly in sensitive areas such as certifications, standards, or supply chains
the establishment of joint Franco-Khmer teams to take part in innovation challenges (for example, when the ITC won, for Cambodia, the 3rd prize in the ROBOCON 2018 competition)