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Call for applications! Smart specialization & Industry 4.0 in the Danube region.

Hey TUM stu­dents! Ever wan­ted to be part of some­thing big? Here’s your chan­ce! App­ly as a team (2–3 peo­p­le) for a Pro­ject Stu­dy (TUM School of Manage­ment) or an IDP (Inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry Pro­ject) and be part of our exci­ting new ven­ture on Smart Spe­cia­liza­ti­on and Indus­try 4.0 in the Danu­be Regi­on.

🔍 Focus Are­as: Smart Spe­cia­liza­ti­on, Indus­try 4.0, Inter­na­tio­nal Con­text

📅 Appli­ca­ti­on Dead­line: Janu­ary 31, 2024

About TUM International

TUM Inter­na­tio­nal GmbH, or TUMint for short, has been foun­ded by the Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty of Munich (TUM) as a 100% sub­si­dia­ry in 2007. At TUMint, we’­re not just your avera­ge com­pa­ny – we’­re all about making big things hap­pen! We crea­te, build, and mana­ge places whe­re sci­ence and inno­va­ti­on thri­ve. We work glo­bal­ly, team­ing up with part­ners all around the world. More than con­sul­tants, we actively par­ti­ci­pa­te in cata­ly­zing chan­ge. Whe­ther it invol­ves sha­ping sus­tainable metho­do­lo­gies or estab­li­shing avant-gar­de uni­ver­si­ties and inno­va­ti­on hubs, our com­mit­ment lies in con­ti­nu­al­ly pushing the boun­da­ries of what is achie­va­ble.

Project description

Our pro­ject in the Danu­be regi­on del­ves into the con­cept of smart spe­cia­liza­ti­on, empha­si­zing the iden­ti­fi­ca­ti­on and prio­ri­tiza­ti­on of key sec­tors for know­ledge-based invest­ments within count­ries or regi­ons based on their com­pa­ra­ti­ve advan­ta­ges. Spe­ci­fi­cal­ly cen­te­red on the Danu­be regi­on, we aim to com­pre­hen­si­ve­ly exami­ne the smart spe­cia­liza­ti­on stra­te­gies of sel­ec­ted nati­ons and their pre­pared­ness (digi­tal rea­di­ness) to adopt Indus­try 4.0 tech­no­lo­gies in manu­fac­tu­ring and logi­stics.

🎯 Project goals

Our pri­ma­ry objec­ti­ves invol­ve con­duc­ting an exten­si­ve assess­ment of smart spe­cia­liza­ti­on stra­te­gies across Danu­be-regi­on count­ries and eva­lua­ting their rea­di­ness for digi­tal inte­gra­ti­on, par­ti­cu­lar­ly in the pri­va­te sec­tor. The over­ar­ching aim is to pin­point are­as whe­re inter­ven­ti­on can enhan­ce small and medi­um enter­pri­ses’ (SMEs) capa­ci­ty to enga­ge with Indus­try 4.0 tech­no­lo­gies effec­tively.

Step 1: Getting the Big Picture – Broad technology and policy research
  • You will ana­ly­ze the smart spe­cia­liza­ti­on stra­te­gies across count­ries in the Danu­be regi­on (Ser­bia, Ger­ma­ny, Aus­tria, Czech Repu­blic, Slo­va­kia, Hun­ga­ry, Croa­tia, Roma­nia, Bul­ga­ria, Mon­te­ne­gro, Bos­nia Her­ze­go­vina, Slove­nia).
  • Then, you will eva­lua­te the digi­tal rea­di­ness level of the­se count­ries and sel­ect tar­get indus­tri­al sec­tors that might bene­fit the most.
  • Final­ly, you con­duct a digi­ta­liza­ti­on gap ana­ly­sis for SMEs in the­se count­ries to iden­ti­fy key the­mes that they should embrace to start using smart and eco-fri­end­ly tech in manu­fac­tu­ring and logi­stics.
Step 2: Sharing is Caring — Discussion of the results in a workshop
  • We’re not just kee­ping our fin­dings to our­sel­ves! We’ll get tog­e­ther with our part­ner insti­tu­ti­ons from the Danu­be count­ries to talk about our results and how they can make a dif­fe­rence.
Your profile 🚀
  • Enthu­si­a­stic about inno­va­ti­on and tech­no­lo­gy trends, espe­ci­al­ly in Indus­try 4.0
  • Expe­ri­en­ced in lite­ra­tu­re review, data ana­ly­sis, and report wri­ting
  • Team-spi­rit and growth mind­set
  • Struc­tu­red approach, ana­ly­ti­cal skills
  • Flu­ent in Eng­lish, both ver­bal and writ­ten
What we offer

Get rea­dy to dive deep into advan­ced tech for manu­fac­tu­ring and logi­stics, learn about smart spe­cia­liza­ti­on stra­te­gies along the Danu­be, and take on indi­vi­du­al respon­si­bi­li­ties. Plus, you’ll get coa­ching and gui­dance from our seni­or pro­ject mana­gers! 🌟

  • 3 months full-time or 4–6 months part-time
  • Start­ing the next pos­si­ble date
📝 How to Apply

Be awa­re that only TUM stu­dents can app­ly and recei­ve 12 ECTS for the pro­ject stu­dy / 16 ECTS for the inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry pro­ject (IDP). Check with your facul­ty and degree coor­di­na­tors at, for exam­p­le, the TUM School of Manage­ment.

  • Moti­va­ti­on let­ter
  • CV of all team mem­bers (sin­gle appli­cants are wel­co­me)
  • Cur­rent tran­script of record of all team mem­bers 
Send your docu­ments to Jana Leng­ten­borg ( and Prof. Isa­bell Wel­pe (, pre­fer­a­b­ly in a sin­gle PDF file.

We’­re exci­ted to hear from you! 🎉