A ‘sweet’ collaboration
Rhine-Waal University partners with Katjes Fassin GmbH + Co. KG
The Emmerich-based Katjes Fassin GmbH + Co. KG is a family-run confectionary business that began in 1950 and has grown to become a leading international producer of sweets. By signing this new cooperative agreement, Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences has found a new regional partner and created a wide range of collaborative possibilities for students in the Faculty of Society and Economics and Katjes Fassing GmbH + Co. KG.
Kleve/Kamp-Lintfort, 16 October 2015: The new cooperative agreement between Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences and Emmerich-based Katjes Fassin GmbH + Co. KG aims to strengthen the University’s regional ties and provide students with more access to collaborative projects, bachelor’s and master’s theses, work placements and industry know-how.
The agreement also ushers in the new ‘Katjes Prize’, which will be awarded to future graduates of the Faculty of Society and Economics with the best thesis papers. Winners will be selected by a jury consisting of representatives from both the University and Katjes. “Collaboration between Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences and Katjes Fassin GmbH + Co. KG is a brilliant chance for students to work with a well respected, local company,” explained Dr Heide Naderer, President of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. “We are delighted to have a new cooperative partner in Katjes Fassin GmbH + Co. KG.”
Though regionally based, Katjes is a multinational company. Ranking consistently among the top 3 German producers of sugar confectionaries (or sweets), Katjes is one of Germany’s exclusive ‘superbrands’, which enjoy a wide-reaching, international brand name recognition. “We’ve collaborated in the past with Rhine-Waal students, for example with work placements and thesis topics, some of which even led directly to career opportunities,” noted Reinhard Sanders, excecutive manager at Katjes. “This new partnership allows us to offer even more individual possibilities oriented towards market needs and demands.”