Nils R. Kristiansen is looking for student project from the industry in Agder.

Students at the University of Agder are looking for industry projects and are willing to spend 1,500 to 2,000 hours on them – for free.

“This is a great opportunity for companies to introduce regional business life to potential new employees,” says Nils R. Kristiansen.

Bachelor level students of renewable energy at the university embark on a group project as the final stage of their education. In the project, three to four students work together. They are expected to put in a total of 550 hours each for both the report and the project itself, and thus put in approximately one year’s worth of work.

“Businesses have an opportunity to receive a full report on a topic for free. Some of these reports will be equivalent to a report from an engineering or consulting firm,” says Kristiansen.

GCE NODE companies are invited to submit relevant projects for students to work with. With guidance and involvement from the university and a company representative, there is a strong possibility of gaining a valuable and worthwhile result.

“Why not grasp an opportunity to finally run a project that you always wanted to run, but did not have the time or resources to even start,” says Kristiansen.

The projects can be in a multitude of areas such as electric power, energy technology, smart control, cargo exploration, on-/offshore energy supply and much more. If your project is selected by the students, a sit down will be arranged where your company, together with the students and a university coordinator, produce a detailed project description.

“Students will proceed to formulate a research question for the project. This will ensure a good learning outcome for the students, while also providing a worthwhile result for the company,” says Kristiansen.

Companies are expected to contribute approximately one hour of supervision per week per project with qualified personal for the assignment.

“The amount of supervision can vary somewhat. Some students are really on and will want to involve themselves and learn as much as possible while working on the project. Commitment and involvement from the companies and students always provide a better result,” says Kristiansen.

“This is a good way for regional business life to be a direct part of the education of potential new employees, as well as nurturing good relationships with the region’s main education institution. We often see students finding employment in participating businesses after a completed project,” says Kristiansen.

Students start their projects on January 6, 2021. Project suggestions should be submitted to Nils R. Kristiansen by November 8.