30 universities and colleges from Germany, Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland have been cooperating for over 15 years under the name Internationale Bodenseehochschule, IBH. This association is a network of member colleges from the countries surrounding Lake Constance. This covers the geographical area of the so-called International Lake Constance Conference (Internationale Bodenseekonferenz, IBK), a political collaboration between these countries established in 1972. Member colleges, researchers, faculty and students exchange knowledge and resources creating synergies and advantages for all.
Numerous research projects are carried out within this cooperation, many under the leadership of researchers at the HTWG Konstanz. The IBH supports projects in the areas of teaching, research and development, knowledge and technology transfer as well as structure building. Collaborative and cross-border projects support the development of the regional economy and bundle competences. In cooperation with businesses, they also play a role in promoting innovation processes and strengthening research networks. The only requirement for collaborative projects between colleges and universities is that at least two countries must be involved.
Our university's president, Prof. Dr. Carsten Manz, is part of the 5-member board of directors and responsible for the area of knowledge and technology transfer. In addition, HTWG Konstanz staff are active in IBH working groups (e.g., the Communication Department, coordination of equality and diversity).