The University of Hartford and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) have entered into a partnership that will enable the two organizations to share resources and expertise in order to advance the global competitiveness of Connecticut companies.
University and CCAT officials signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which they agreed “to collaborate and meet the growing technical assistance opportunities of Connecticut and the U.S. for advancing core technologies as well as developing new innovations for global competitiveness.”
The agreement is expected to lead to initiatives that will involve a number of the University’s schools and colleges and that will provide hands-on experience to students, while at the same time supporting Connecticut companies through technological innovation and workforce education and development.
Under the agreement, CCAT and the University of Hartford will work together and leverage their resources to provide Connecticut companies with research and development assistance, support the expansion of the advanced manufacturing sector, and educate a world-class advanced technology workforce.
“We are pleased to partner with the University of Hartford under this agreement,” said Elliot Ginsberg, CCAT president and CEO. “CCAT strives to help manufacturing businesses, technology startups, and non-profit organizations innovate and become more competitive in applied technology development, IT, energy solutions, and STEM education and workforce development. We strongly believe that collaboration with academia, industry, and government organizations is critical to the success of our efforts.
“The University’s wide range of resources located within their diversified schools of engineering, business, education, and arts and sciences complement CCAT’s areas of expertise. The opportunities for collaboration are vast. We’re excited about our partnership and the potential to together develop new, impactful programs.”
Louis Manzione, dean of the University of Hartford’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, said “We are pleased to begin this new and expanded partnership with the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology. CCAT is making a tremendous difference in the state in areas such as STEM education, advanced manufacturing, and incumbent worker training.
“Students and faculty across multiple colleges can and will benefit from the partnership with this important state resource,” Manzione added.
Martin Roth, dean of the University’s Barney School of Business, said that the Barney School anticipates placing interns in start-up companies working with CCAT. “Students will offer their business knowledge and skills to these technical firms while gaining invaluable experience learning about the challenges of establishing and growing businesses,” Roth said.
Under the new partnership agreement, the University expects to extend CCAT’s involvement and collaborative opportunities to students and faculty in several of its other colleges, including the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions.