Strategic partnerships

Joining forces 
The complexities in the challenges we are facing require collaboration of several sectors of society. The aim of developing strategic partnerships is to support the Volvo Group’s vision by creating platforms for developing pioneering knowledge, pool innovation capabilities and secure skilled competence for the future. A partnership should provide benefits for the society and add value to the business.

Academic Partner Program

The Academic Partner Program (APP) is a systematic approach for long-term cooperation with selected universitites and research institutes in areas of special interest to the Volvo Group. The program aims to provide the Group with a holistic picture of important collaborative partners and to increase the Group's visibility to students and researchers.

Our involvement with universities is also important for creating relationships with students and potential employees to secure access to future competence.

We have signed agreements with a selected number of eminent universities worldwide. In the future we also plan to reach out to students and to include supplementary training providers.

Education and training

The number of people in Europe graduating with degrees in mathematics, science and technology (MST) is declining, and this trend may have an effect on the future competitiveness of Europe. In order to secure qualified future recruitment the Volvo Group pays particular attention to MST education and promoting interest in this area.

In Sweden, in addition to small-scale partnerships, we are involved in extensive exchange programs and support schools in a number of locations where we have production facilities such as:

  • Göteborgsregionens Tekniska Gymnasium – The Volvo Group, Volvo Car Corporation and the City of Gothenburg jointly own and support this upper secondary school, which specializes in mathematics, science and technology.
  • MATENA – the Volvo Group is a key stakeholder in MATENA – a program being developed to encourage and support effective collaboration between schools and businesses to increase interest in mathematics, science and technology education and careers.
  • The Industrial High School – Volvo Aero Corporation and the Local Education Authority of Trollhättan have jointly developed the Industrial High School – a three-year upper secondary school education where Volvo Aero sponsors one-third of the theoretical and practical tuition. Students are educated to become operators with special skills for aviation and space vehicle production work.


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