Collaboration in the cloud


Óbuda University and Kyndryl Hungary – Kyndryl Customer Innovation Center today signed an agreement to establish the Kyndryl Industrial Department at the Alba Regia Technical Faculty in Székesfehérvár, which focuses on teaching cloud technologies and related fields to prepare students for the workplaces of the future.

Through the virtual department, Kyndryl holds courses in the field of cloud technology with its own staff and participates in the teaching of high-level mathematics. With the involvement of students in Budapest, students can access the courses from the entire university area, even from remote locations, and develop their skills and knowledge in the modern IT areas where Kyndryl has expertise.

Both the company and the university place a high priority on education in cloud technologies, as more and more companies and institutions move their IT applications to the cloud. Moving to the cloud is a complex process that requires service providers with extensive knowledge. Kyndryl is one of them, which represents a huge opportunity for both the company and the employees. Kyndryl’s customer innovation center in Székesfehérvár was founded in 1997 and today employs more than 3,000 professionals who support their customers in all segments of industries in the design, construction, management and modernization of their mission-critical technology systems.

Kyndryl and the Alba Regia Technical Faculty of the Óbuda University continue to develop and expand the cooperation by creating additional curricula, starting new courses in areas offering different research topics and participating in examination committees. Kyndryl is already one of the university’s largest dual training partners, having welcomed 57 dual students since 2016. Of these, 16 students joined Kyndryl in September 2022.

Prof. Dr. Levente Kovács, the rector of Óbuda University, said that graduates from higher education with up-to-date knowledge that can be used well in practice, and who are receptive to changes, have a special role in strengthening the domestic economy. The Óbuda University has always placed a great deal of emphasis on developing its industrial relations so that during the training, students can deepen not only their theoretical but also their practical skills. Almost all areas of technical and economic life are covered by our dual system, which we are consistently increasing. The best practice is demonstrated by the Alba Regia Technical Faculty in Székesfehérvár, where local companies are currently contributing to the costs of the studies of 161 students, ensuring that they get to know the operation of a plant and the coordination of production processes even as university students.

Zoltán Zerényi, Director of the Kyndryl Customer Innovation Center, EMEA, emphasized that Kyndryl is constantly looking for and developing the next generation of talents before they enter the labor market, working closely with educational institutions for joint success: the professional fulfillment of the best students, the reduction of technological skills shortages and for the company’s prosperity.

Modeling robot processes in higher education

Howmet-Köfém Kft (and its predecessor institutions) and the Alba Regia Technical Faculty of Óbuda University have been working together for the seventh year now in various research and educational projects. During a press conference on Monday, the almost HUF 8 million grant was handed over, which will be used, among other things, for the development of the robotics center and the pneumatic laboratory. On the program, Dr. András Cser-Palkovics, the mayor of Székesfehérvár, gave a welcome address, István Katus, the managing director of Howmet-Köfém kft., and Prof. Dr. Györök György, the dean of the Alba Regia Technical Faculty of the Óbuda University presented the priorities of the cooperation from the perspective of their organizations.

In the project called “Robot Process Modeling in Higher Education”, the aim was to supplement and modernize the laboratory and educational materials by creating an industrial production line to model the processes of intelligent manufacturing. Industrial processes appear in BSc, MSc and postgraduate level education, thus bringing the students’ practical knowledge closer to the needs represented by the company. During the project, new laboratory equipment was installed, and a new curriculum was developed. For this, the instructors also had to learn about the industrial application possibilities of the new hardware in order to develop curriculum that meets industrial needs.

Dr. András Cser-Palkovics, the mayor of Székesfehérvár, welcomed the participants and noted that despite a challenging period, he sees that strategic collaborations can be filled with new content. He emphasized that “the current support is also about the fact that the cooperation between Howmet-Köfém and the Óbuda University has not only a past, but also a present and a future, and the goal is to increase students’ opportunities and to convey the message to young people that it makes sense for them to stay at home or come to Fehérvár from somewhere else, because this city can give them a good professional and existential vision for the future in terms of its university and industry.” He emphasized that the Óbuda University has achieved a prominent place in the international ranking of universities, to which more and more people apply every year. He noted that the Alba Regia Technical Faculty of the Óbuda University has also undergone serious development in recent years, with an increase in the infrastructure and the number of students, which is a very important factor for the city’s industry. At the end of his greeting, he thanked Howmet-Köfém for its many years of partnership, which is embodied year after year either in the dual training or in the professional programs.

In his speech, István Katus, the managing director of Howmet-Köfém Kft., noted that they were among the first companies in Székesfehérvár who felt it important to get involved in the support of university education as a local business organization. He pointed out that this is now in its seventh year, and they are close to HUF 150 million, and according to their plans, they want to support the university faculty for many years to come. The aim of the industrial companies, including Howmet, is to finance these projects and help them graduate from the university with engineers who can be employed immediately. He said that there are currently dual students at the company who are being supported in their professional development so that they can accumulate as much practical knowledge as possible, which can be useful either at them or at another company. The executive director asked the university faculty to approach the company next year with a project idea that they can support through the foundation.

Prof. György Györök, dean of the Alba Regia Technical Faculty of the Óbuda University, commented, “the company’s attitude towards us is incredibly good.” The support of technical higher education contributes to the expansion of the tool base and the instrument park. He noted that this excellent corporate attitude is also a great responsibility, as this should be treated as a good investment in order to help companies through education. He thanked us for the support received in the seventh year as well, which contributes to modernizing our higher education and training.

Associate professor Dr. Károly Széll summarized in a short presentation how usefully the university was able to use the support. Mechanical, IT, and electrical engineering students can get to know the technologies used by companies at the university, in the robotics centre, or in the pneumatic laboratory. He talked about how he managed to expand the lab with three teaching cells (with fanuc controllers), which can already be used to train 12 people with the industrial robotics engineer training. He talked about the first professional successes, that thanks to the knowledge gained in the robot laboratory, the students won last year’s FANUC Olympiad, as well as about the successful placement of students at the world competition in Luxembourg. Finally, he mentioned that on January 18, the university faculty will organize a workshop conference on industrial robotics.

AIS 2022 Conference

On November 17, 2022 (Thursday), the opening ceremony of the AIS (International Symposium on Applied Informatics and Related Areas) conference, which is part of the Hungarian Science Festival program series, was organized by the Alba Regia Technical Faculty of Óbuda University. Deputy mayor Attila Mészáros gave a welcome speech, the event continued with the opening speech of Prof. Dr. György Györök, dean of the Alba Regia Technical Faculty, and associate professor Dr. József Halász held the role of chairman of the plenary sessions.

In accordance with tradition, the scientific symposium launched in 2005 as a kind of multidisciplinary forum presented diverse topics on the achievements in the field of technical research and education.

At the opening ceremony held on the university campus, deputy mayor Attila Mészáros welcomed the participants of the symposium on behalf of the city and thanked the organizing committee for the work of the conference. He emphasized that, nowadays, ÓE has achieved a place of excellence in many international rankings, ahead of its competitors, to which the Székesfehérvár university faculty also contributed. He emphasized that the educational work and the research work carried out in technical higher education institutions are important for the city and its economy, the results of which are equally needed by industry. He drew attention to the role of research and development. The city supports these efforts, which is a catalyst for further development. Finally, he wished the participants a good meeting.

Prof. Dr. György Györök, the dean of the Alba Regia Technical Faculty of Óbuda University, welcomed the attendees, wished the participants good presentations, good questions, and high-spirited conversation and opened the conference. He drew attention to the translucent concrete developed by Áron Losonczi in 2002, which he mentioned as a symbol of the openness and diversity of the conference, as well as the open, transparent walls of the university, which welcomes those interested in scientific research with open arms. He emphasized that “what we do within the walls of the university in the name of science has its place and time.” He thanked the organizing committee for the work done to organize the seventeenth conference, wished everyone an open mind and building of good relations.

Associate professor Gábor Péter Molnár started the plenary lectures of the symposium with the title “How American Spy Satellite Images from 1960 Helped Us in the Changing World Environment”, followed by academician Gyula Simon with the title “Robust Localization Methods Using Voting Algorithms”.

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