The field of process engineering offers diverse and attractive job opportunities in industry. In order to promote the understanding of this engineering discipline, which is important for society, among teachers and also students, the competence network Process Engineering Pro3 was founded as a non-profit association in February 2000. The focus of its activities is on securing and promoting young talent, imparting skills, and networking stakeholders. Mannheim University of Applied Sciences is the first university to join Pro3.
The engineering science of process engineering deals with all processes in which substances are changed in terms of their composition, type or properties by means of physical, chemical or biological processes. Process engineers therefore develop processes and production plants for the large-scale manufacture of chemicals and active ingredients, as well as foodstuffs. The efficiency criterion is a high, quality-assured production rate with maximum reliability.
Members of Pro3 are the universities of Aachen, Bochum, Braunschweig, Dortmund, Dresden, Hamburg, Kaiserslautern, Magdeburg and Stuttgart. Furthermore, four institutes of the Fraunhofer Society (ITWM, ICT, IMM, IGB) and the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems are involved. In addition to these research institutions, a number of corporate partners are also part of the network, including global players such as BASF, Evonik and Lewa, but also quite a few medium-sized companies.
"Promoting and recruiting young talent is an important task for us. We are therefore very pleased that Mannheim University of Applied Sciences is now the first university in Germany to be accepted into the Pro3 circle," says Rector Prof. Dr. Astrid Hedtke-Becker. The Mannheim University of Applied Sciences is an ideal candidate for cooperation because of its strategically favorable location - surrounded by many top employers in the field of process engineering. In addition, the Faculty of Process Engineering, which was founded more than 60 years ago to meet these needs in the region, enjoys an excellent reputation. It has been and continues to be ranked at the top of various university rankings.
"The opportunity to actively participate in the external presentation of Pro 3 - for example, the homepage - opens up a valuable platform with high reach for us to position the university externally," explains Prof. Dr. Matthias Rädle (CeMOS Research Center), who will be active as coordinator for the network on behalf of the university. And he continues: "Last but not least, this is another building block for securing suitable young talent for the future needs of Germany as a business location. We are looking forward to the cooperation."