Students visit to the Technical University Graz

Within the activities of the Tempus project “WBCInno - Modernization of WBC universities through strengthening of structures and services for knowledge transfer, research and innovation” (530213-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-RS-TEMPUS-JPHES), students who won at the best student business idea competition at the University of Banja Luka and University of Zenica visited the Technical University Graz (TU Graz), in the period from 18th to 21st of November 2015. They had the opportunity to see the TU Graz, attend the „Startup Spritzer“, and explore Cargo Centre Graz.


While visiting the Technical university of Graz on Thursday, 19 November 2015, students had the opportunity to visit the „Startup Spritzer“, which gathers young entrepreneurs from Graz and the neighbouring areas (i.e. Styria).

„Startup Spritzer“  is an optimal place to present a new business idea and it regularly (i.e. once a month) – „always in the same place, at the same time, with no agenda and no barriers“ – gives the opportunities to young people not only to learn how to start a company but also to present their ideas and to receive an immediate feedback from the audience.


On 19th and 20th of November the visit to the TU Graz, Institute of production engineering (Institut für Fertigungstechnik – IFT), was organized. Delegation of CIP/EIC was consisted of persons who have participated in WBCInno project for the past two years, and as well, of students who won the best student business idea competition. Director of IFT, Prof. Dr Franz Haas, welcomed the guests, and in his introductory speech presented this renowned Institute, and then, he showed them the laboratories. After this tour, Prof. Dr Haas open a discussion about the potential cooperation, and as well, about the specific RDI topics which are currently in the Institute’s focus.

During this visit to the TU Graz, on Thursday and Friday, 19th and 20th November 2015, three trainings were held; first two, held on the first day, dealt with the topics of entrepreneurship and business plans, and the third was about the feasibility study, and it was held during the second day of our visit to the University. The lecturers were Prof. Dr Darko Petković, Prof. Dr Malik Čabaravdić and Assist. Prof. Dr Fuad Hadžikadunić, from the University of Zenica.


Within the study visit to Austria, on Friday, 20 November 2015, a group of students with the teaching staff from the UNZE visited one of the most modern cargo centres in Europe – Cargo Centre Graz (CCG), which has, as a part of the logistics chain: the port of Kopar – CCG – the European Union (Antwerpen, Rotterdam, Lubeck, Hamburg), specialized in the container reloading and dispatching the goods from Asia to the end customers throughout Europe. With the modern railways and highways, together with the modern systems of downloading, reloading and storage (more than 600 containers daily), CCG has grown, in only 12 years of its existence (founded in 2003), to the impressive 45 hectares of space needed for its diverse activities. Also, CCG is one of leaders in terms of logistics activities for the area of Styria as the industrial centre of Austria. After this presentation of CCG’s activities, the guests went to visit the dispatching areas for textile goods, and also, they saw several  highly equipped storage spaces.

We would like to thank to the TU Graz and the management of CCG for the hospitality.

List of participants - 19.11.2015.
List of participants - 20.11.2015.

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