It is a common practice at the Lodz University that respective Faculties, Departments or Institutes are active members of the clusters corresponding to their scientific potential and experience. Such participation results in R&D cooperation between the other members of such clusters (mainly the enterprises) and the University units. The cooperation is based mainly on development of collaborative projects (both EU and national), contracting the research from the side of the companies to the respective Departments/Institutes and offering of different courses that match the needs of the companies. Examples of the clusters connected with the S3 strategy in which Lodz University of Technology is an active member are the Lodz Construction Cluster and the Cluster of Advanced Technologies of the Textile-Clothing Industry.
The respective Faculties of the Lodz University of Technology act as partners or leaders of the clusters. A good example can be the Cluster of Advanced Technologies of the Textile-Clothing Industry, in which the Faculty of Material Technologies and Textile Design (from the Lodz University of Technology) is not only a partner, but also a scientific coordinator. It is also worth mentioning that the Faculty was one of the creators of the cluster.
The regional smart specialisations are based on the leading industrial and service sectors of the Lodz region. Since those sectors are constantly evolving and developing, the Lodz University of Technology had to adjust its educational offer, by for example offering new types of studies (e.g. Textiles Design, Commodity Science, etc.), because it had to prepare graduates for new types of jobs offered by companies in the region. Respective units of the University (departments/institutes) take part in projects connected with the S3 areas, because it is a necessity in order to get for example financial support for their realisation. If a project is not connected with S3 then it is much harder to get grants for it.
As far as the authors of the case study are concerned there has been no adjustment in the policy of the Lodz University of Technology to the S3 thematic areas, yet. It can be caused by the fact that the S3 strategy for the Lodz region was developed not so long ago (in 2015), and to change the structure takes a lot of time, as it has to be accepted by the proper decisive units of the University. The fact that in 2016 there were elections of the new Rector and vice-Rectors also has much influence on the lack of policy changes.
One of the persons interviewed for the needs of preparation of this case study was the vice-director of the International Faculty of Engineering, an organisational structure that provides studies only in foreign languages (English and French), and the second questionnaire was completed by the office of the Vice-Rector for Science.