Good partnerships strengthen the position of all involved. Thus the Open Institute’s various partnerships with universities create a win-win situation: On the one hand students at the Open Institute have the opportunity to obtain an academic degree from a partnership university at Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral level. On the other hand students of partnership universities can use the extensive service resources offered at the Open Institute. What is more, the bridge between a research or educational institution and companies also ensures the transfer of knowledge into business practice, thereby allowing companies to access resources, to increase the value of human capital, to optimize value creation processes, to increase sales, as well as to ensure increased competitiveness while at the same time minimizing risk.