About us

Led by the Basque Government’s Department of Education and 11 university centres in the Basque Country, the Cluster for University Training in Engineering, Science and Technology, 4GUNE, began its work in July 2017 with the objective of helping strengthen university-business cooperation in the Basque Country as part of the new global stage, under the Industry 4.0 paradigm.

The aspect that makes this initiative stand out is promoting and consolidating cooperative dynamics between companies and universities in the region which, in turn, promote the Basque Country’s positioning as a benchmark in Europe for systemic cooperation in Industry 4.0. Thus, 4GUNE is characterised by promoting cooperation and collaboration within and amongst universities. Systemic cooperation aligned with the year 2022 University-Business Strategy of the Basque Government, which ultimately has the purpose of:

  • Promoting innovation and collaborative entrepreneurship.
  • Strengthening strategic alliances between universities and companies.
  • Promoting the transfer of university knowledge to the business world, and vice versa.
  • Building upon the relationship between research groups and businesses.
  • Increasing education’s impact on professional development.

University Centres

Eleven university centres at the four Basque universities are members and are actively involved in the activities begun in 2017 within the framework of the 4GUNE Cluster. These universities account for 60% of total scientific production taking place in the Basque Country (2016).

UPV/EHU

Bilbao Engineering School

A union of four engineering schools with more than 100 years of history closely connected with the business world and training adapted to market needs.

UPV/EHU

Engineering School of Gipuzkoa

A union of two engineering schools accredited for their orientation towards organisation and quality in management, with a broad network of ongoing alliances and collaborations with different public and private institutions.

UPV/EHU

Faculty of Chemistry

The Faculty of Chemistry encompasses many different fields of scientific and technical knowledge, oriented towards the natural sciences and mainly chemistry and materials, possessing an internationally acclaimed track record in research.

UNIVERSITY OF DEUSTO

Faculty of Engineering

A school which is committed to a very practical, dynamic, participatory teaching methodology so as to ensure a high level of practical knowledge, essential to professional development and research intended for facilitating progress in the society of the future.

MONDRAGON UNIVERTSITATEA

Faculty of Engineering

Striving to build a better, more just society, the School linked to Grupo Mondragon has an acknowledged track record in dual training, notable internationalisation, a cooperative style and research oriented towards the medium to long-term needs of companies in its surrounding area.

UPV/EHU

Faculty of Informatics

Centre of reference for training and technical/scientific knowledge in information systems and computing sciences. It stands out for its use of “Project-based Learning” methodologies and its orientation towards research.

UPV/EHU

Faculty of Pharmacy

A young school with intensive activity in research that has gradually become consolidated and gained greater recognition within the university community itself and in its external outreach to society and the professional world.

UPV/EHU

Faculty of Science and Technology

A school that encompasses more than 35 fields of scientific and technical knowledge, bringing together the largest set of resources for research, development and innovation in the Basque Country, as a model for training professionals capable of playing a crucial role to face some of our society’s most important challenges.

IMH

IMH, Machine Tool Institute

A pioneering institute that specialises in dual university training in the fields of advanced production and technological/organisational innovation for companies.

TECNUN

Tecnun, Engineering School

A school which belongs to the University of Navarre, while maintaining a balance between teaching, research and service to society, it performs research activities in conjunction with researchers from the Gipuzkoa Centre for Studies and Technical Research.

UPV/EHU

Vitoria-Gasteiz Engineering School

An engineering school which is a member of several international networks, having won awards for its advanced management and strategy analysis model, working with students, people, society and innovation.

OTHER AGENTS

AIC-Automotive Intelligence Center

The  AIC-Automotive  Intelligence  Center  is  a  value  generation  site  for  the  automotive  industry  based  onan  open  innovation  concept,  in  which  companies  improve  their  competitiveness  through  cooperation.  Through  a  market-oriented  outlook,  it  combines  knowledge,  technology  and  industrial  development  all  into  one  single  structure.

OTHER AGENTS

Basque Business Confederation (Confebask)

The  AIC-Automotive  Intelligence  Center  is  a  value  generation  site  for  the  automotive  industry  based  onan  open  innovation  concept,  in  which  companies  improve  their  competitiveness  through  cooperation.  Through  a  market-oriented  outlook,  it  combines  knowledge,  technology  and  industrial  development  all  into  one  single  structure. The  Basque  Business  Confederation  (Confebask)  isan  organisation  which  represents  and  defends  the  general  and  shared  interests  of  Basque  businesspeople  and  provides  them  with  legal  representation  before  the  government,  labour  union  organisations,  professional  bodies  and  public  opinion  in  the  Basque Country.

OTHER AGENTS

Innobasque

Innobasque  is  a  private  non-profit  association  that  includes  civil  society  and  companies,  focusing  on  the  innovation  which  drives  the  motor  behind  social  and  economic  transformation,  to  move  towards  a  sustainable  Basque  Country,  and  itis  the  key  to  building  innovative  solutions  that  solve  the  Basque  Country’s  great  social,  economic  and  environmental  problems.

OTHER AGENTS

SPRI-Business Development Agency of the Basque Government

In the SPRI Group, Basque companies find the tools to become more international and entrepreneurial, obtain financing, locate industrial land, apply new technologies, innovate or carry out the necessary process of entering the New Industry, Basque Industry 4.0. Moreover, it is the agency the Basque Government has entrusted with attracting and facilitating foreign investment through its Invest in the Basque Country service.