The Hera Group – through its Corporate University HerAcademy – has entered into several framework agreements over the past years with leading universities in the Emilia-Romagna area, such as the University of Bologna, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, and the University of Ferrara, which include the assignment of six-monthly scholarships for final year students and for recent graduates. The Group also works actively with various business schools including the Bologna Business School (BBS), the Consorzio MIB School of Management in Trieste, ISTAO (Adriano Olivetti Institute), the MIP-Polytechnic in Milan and the SAFE Study and Research Centre; it is also a member of the Assoknowledge-Confindustria scientific committee – Innovative and Technological Services.
Furthermore, scientific cooperation with the University of Milan – Bicocca and CRISP (Inter-university Research Centre for Public Utility Services) continued, with the general aim of supporting the development and implementation of activities within HerAcademy. During 2018, the Group also took part in the Industry 4.0 Competence Center coordinated by the University of Bologna and aimed at carrying out research, development and technology transfer projects through a partnership between public and private entities, as well as the development of orientation and training activities on innovation. Finally, also as the part of HerAcademy, a memorandum of understanding was signed with H-Farm, the largest European innovation centre, designed to develop a partnership for implementing innovation, digital and circular economy projects especially for students, employees and employees’ children.