Says Dean Michael Hansen at the Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Agder. At a meeting in Grimstad Wednesday, Hansen and his study coordinators outlined the process of bachelor and master student projects to representatives from a handful of NODE companies.
“A strong collaboration with the industry is a high priority at the Faculty of Engineering and Science. Exam projects, in which students work on real projects from real companies in our region, is one of the best forms of collaboration”, says Hansen.
“Some students are disappointed when we don’t have enough industrial projects to offer. Others will make an extra effort to find their own projects from companies they are familiar with,” says Hansen.
GCE NODE encourages its participating companies to contact the university to engage in a dialogue that could define a project for students to work on.
“A student project represents free labor, a good change of solving a problem, an external look at the company and a thorough screening of potential employees”, says Bjørn Saltermark, Project Manager at GCE NODE.
Quality Execution Coordinator Åsmund Knutson at Nymo gave a presentation of how students have helped improve Nymo’s day-to-day operation and make the company more profitable. Since 2012, Nymo has cooperated with the University of Agder and other educational institutions on close to 50 bachelor and master projects.
Product Manager Gisle Filskov Knutsen at MacGregor came away with several ideas for student projects, all jotted down on a piece of paper during the meeting, inspired by the presentations from the university.
“This is certainly something we will look into”, says Knutsen.
Representatives from other companies came to the same conclusion.