Technological collaborations with major universities, research institutes, and other institutions in Italy and around the world are a key tool of Leonardo’s open innovation strategy, which leads to the development of technologies, competencies, products and services and the enhancement of the Basic research.
Valorising and investing in the people who dedicate themselves to innovation within Leonardo and its network are, therefore, one of the key drivers necessary for the development and advancement of the Group’s technological expertise, and an important resource for maintaining our competitive advantage.
Indeed, innovation, for Leonardo, is based on opportunities that can arise not only from individual employees, but also, and above all, from interactions and influences between different players, both inside and outside the Company, including universities, research centres, SMEs, start-ups and customers.
Technological excellence at the heart of a collaborative network
The relationships consolidated over the years with the academic and research world are invaluable for the Group. They are a guarantee of high-quality scientific work and enable Leonardo to foster innovation, enhancing and integrating the knowledge and experience of each of its partners. One of Leonardo’s key technological success factors is its ability to create a reliable, lasting and stable relationship that allows it to maximise the effect of relationships, in terms of both growth and results. Aimed at developing and improving our technology and product portfolio, Leonardo’s collaborations take shape through joint research programmes and, at the same time, through training courses, internships, Ph.D.s and theses.
Partnership and research: two key factors
Through research contracts and co-funded projects, Leonardo continues to build structured long-term relationships with leading academic and research stakeholders on the Group’s key areas of interest , covering all the major technological development themes. The Italian academic partners include CNR (National Research Council), CIRA (Italian Aerospace Research Centre), the Polytechnic of Milan, the Polytechnic of Turin, the Sapienza University of Rome, the University of Naples Federico II, the CINI (National Interuniversity Consortium for Informatics) and the CNIT (National Inter-University Consortium for Telecommunication). Abroad, the Group also collaborates with internationally recognised universities, including amongst others the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh, the Heriot-Watt University, and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
Training sessions, an open dialogue with universities
In order to strengthen the relationship with the academic world and create a training link with the professional world, Leonardo has also established internships with major Italian universities on a wide range of skills in line with the Group’s training and technology strategy. In particular, the Sapienza University of Rome, Tor Vergata University, the LUISS Business School, Link Campus University in Rome, the University of Naples Federico II, the Polytechnic of Turin, the Polytechnic of Milan and the University of Pisa, in addition to the Leonardo Divisions’ internships based on a selection of specific topics of interest.