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KTH is responsible for one third of Sweden’s capacity for technical research and is the country’s largest organiser of technical/engineering education at university level. KTH education and research covers a broad spectrum – from natural sciences to all branches of engineering plus architecture, industrial economics, urban planning, work science and environmental technology. In addition to the research underway at KTH schools, there are a large number of national and local competence centres located at KTH, as well as research programmes financed by various research foundations.
The research, education and activities at KTH are starting from five different research platforms with the aim of stimulating multidisciplinary research. The KTH platforms have been created to enhance research cooperation in five key areas, together with external partners and stakeholders:
The main role of the platforms is to work as a catalyst for large multi-disciplinary research initiatives carried out by research groups at KTH together with external partners. The initiatives can involve more than one platform.
One of KTH key priorities is to contribute to renewal and innovation in the society and for that reason KTH is collaborating with the business world and firms in various development projects. For example KTH Business Liaison creates good relationships with companies, alumni, foundations and organisations that are interested in, or committed to, supporting KTH. On campus, KTH Innovation offers researchers and students support to innovation development, intellectual property issues, business development, agreements, early financing etc. The innovation system associated with KTH includes everything from training in entrepreneurship to project financing via external actors. KTH Innovation also collaborates with Stockholm Innovation and Growth (STING) in the programme Entrepreneurial Startup in the medicine sector.
KTH Business Collaboration is an active part in the regional platform Innovation Stockholm, leading one of five prioritized policy areas in the Regional Innovation Strategy (developing the regional research and innovation infrastructure).