The new building of the Faculty of Internal Combustion Engines at Széchenyi University in Győr has been unveiled

2012. 05. 02.

• Practice-oriented engineer training
• The cooperation of research and the automobile industry

The Faculty of Internal Combustion Engines at Széchenyi István University (SZE) continues to expand: implemented as a result of a joint cooperation between AUDI HUNGARIA MOTOR Kft, the city of Győr and the University, the new building of the faculty was unveiled today.

Dr. Tamás Szekeres, President of Széchenyi István University emphasised: “Intensive knowledge transfer between industry and education establishes a secure foundation for the future. We offer to our students future-oriented training adapted to the demands of the labour market, producing highly trained engineers for the automobile industry.

With the integration of scientific theory and corporate practice, we generate synergies which can be utilised both by education and the automobile industry. It is very important for us to attract highly trained engineering students to work at the engine and vehicle manufacturing plant in Győr,” said Thomas Faustmann, Chief Executive Officer of Audi Hungaria, at the unveiling ceremony. “Simultaneously, we focus on improving the quality of training, particularly in technological areas.

This project also attests how successful cooperation efforts are between the University, Audi Hungaria and Győr, in the name of our shared slogan, “The future is built in Győr.” This is the only way to achieve that Győr becomes one of the major centres for the automobile industry, economy and culture not only in Hungary, but also in Europe,” said Dr. Tivadar Somogyi, Deputy Mayor of Győr, City with County Rights. 

The first phase of the faculty building’s construction was completed in 2011. The building gave home to a test stand of the latest technology, allowing the faculty to perform its work relying on test processes unique in Hungary. Partly financed by European Union funds, additional laboratories and training rooms were developed in the new building during the second, recently completed phase of the construction.

Established in 2008, the primary activity focus of the faculty is engine mechanics and the tribology of internal combustion engines (teaching the study of friction and wear). During their studies, students regularly participate in the research and development projects of Audi Hungaria aimed at, for example, the reduction of carbon dioxide and fuel consumption, as well as friction and wear studies.

In addition to the Faculty of Internal Combustion Engines, two other additional faculties belong to the Audi Hungaria Vehicle Engineering Department Group – the Faculty of Materials Sciences and Technology and the Faculty of Vehicle Manufacturing. The Audi Hungaria Department Group reinforces the presence of the Audi Group and of Audi Hungaria at Széchenyi University. The Department Group assists, among other things, scientific research, the improvement of engineering training in the German language and the provision of continuous labour supply.

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