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Title: University Enterprise cooperation in Poland

University Enterprisecooperation in Poland
  • Adam Pawelczyk
  • Wroclaw University of Technology

TEMPUS Project CM-SCM-C024A06 Quality Management
for Pomoting University-Enterprise Cooperation
MOSTAR 11/10/2007
Past situation All enterprises possessed by the
state Fixed part of enterprises budget had to be
spent on RD obligation Most of research
projects financed by the industry were
unnecessary (results of poor quality, industry
not interested in the results)
Until recently the mutual relations between
universities and industry in Poland resembled a
fantasy novel they existed parallel next to
each other, in two separate worlds, but there was
no communication between them. Actors of the
both worlds heard indeed about each other, but
they considered the other side in category of a
myth or legend. Sometimes a single heroes from
one world penetrated the second arising an
amazement among its inhabitants
Collaboration with the industry can result in
benefits to both parties. After all there are
some requirements of accreditation central
procedures for development of such collaboration,
strictly related to the level of education, to
quality of the teaching process, so universities
are obliged to develop contacts with the
industry. Without these contacts it would not be
possible sending students for work placements
which is one of the element of students
education system. Collaboration also
facilitates the transfer of technology to improve
the well-being and productivity of society.
During the development of cooperation with the
industry consideration must be given to the
University's mission of teaching, research, and
public service.
  • UUniversity-industry relations consist of a
    variety of activities, including
  •          Direct funding of research costs
    through contracts and grants.
  •          Formal licensing to industry of
    University-owned patents and technology.
  •          Gifts and endowments designated for
    colleges, departments or individuals.
  •          University-industry exchange programs
    and student internships.
  •     Specialized programs designed by the
    University for continuing education and training
    of professionals.
  •          Participation of industry
    representatives in Universitywide advisory
  •        Cooperative research projects, some of
    which include government participation and the
    use of specialized facilities.
  •          Use of unique University facilities on
    a fee-for-service basis.
  •       Research and development facilities of
    industries housed on University property
    (industrial parks).
  •          Faculty consulting.

We have to distinguish scientific activity from
educational role of universities when discussing
university-industry relations. The educational
role of such contacts consists in   Practical
work experience gained by students Knowledge of
organisational culture Improvement of technical
knowledge interpersonal skills Potential for
job on graduation Clarifying students career
ideas Networking opportunities Improved
understanding of academic studies after practical
experience Financial benefit Increased
  • The basic features of work placement at the
    industry are the following
  • objectives are set by HEI, employer and student
  • supervision is made by a supervisor trained in
    the objectives and learning outcomes of work
    placement - academic supervision and visit/s take
  • regular feedback is given
  • an appraisal is given during the work placement
    and at the end
  • where appropriate, a project is undertaken
  • learning and achievements are articulated by the
    student in written form
  • an assessment is made, including an assessment of
    development of skills (by HEI, employer and
  • recognition, credit or a certificate is awarded.

In scope of students work placement the
relations between university and industry at the
Wroclaw University of Technology are regulated by
  • Higher Education Law passed 27 July 2005,
  • DDecree of Ministry of National Education adopted
    7 September 2004 on education standards, Dz.U. no
    207, item 2110,
  • EEducation standards for particular study
  • SStudy Regulations for the Wroclaw University of

All students are obliged to complete work
placement in the industry but there is no
guarantee they will be offered such possibility
by the university administrative
structure. Students look for a company on their
own or use work placements offered by the Deans
Office . Students have to fill in two work
placement application forms downloaded from the
website of the Faculty of Chemistry
( The first document is an
Agreement, the second one is a Framework
Program of the Compulsory Work Placement .
After harmonizing contents of the documents they
have to be signed by the Dean of Faculty and an
authorized company representative. . On
finishing the stay at the company the student is
obliged to present a work placement report
consistent to the program set at the begining of
the WP.  
Does everyone get a work placement?
  • No, there is no guarantee of a placement
  • Number of placements available depends on
    economic climate

Contacting the industry
There are variety of ways of contacting the
industry and developing the cooperation. Some are
regulated by law, particularly these related to
education of students.
WWUT Alumni Association AAlumni Assotiation helps
the university in variety of issues It collects
data as to where graduates go, where they work,
what position in the industry they have, how can
they help in creating new Work Placements and
programs for professional practice
modules. Contacts with post graduates Organizing
reunions Assistance in renewing lost
contacts Advising and counseling the
graduates Surveying the graduates
AAcademic Enterprise Incubator - an university
organization having a statute passed by the
university Senate. Its mission is supporting all
business activities starting from the enterprise
conception phase through development phase to the
final shape of an enterprise focused on
commercialization of knowledge. GGoals
Promotion of economical activities of students,
Ph.D. students, graduates and academicians
intending to develop or set up their own
business of all kind. Effective implementation
of universitys intellectual and technical
potential and transfer of scientific results into
economy.Effective counteracting against
unemployment among university graduates,
assistance in creation new enterprises and
business activities during first periods of their
functioning. Supporting academic staff in
establishing enterprises cooperating with the
university (spin-off start-up companies),
hiring from it the technological and intellectual
potential Cooperation and knowledge exchange
with academic enterprise incubators from other
WWUT Office for Grants and Regional Cooperation
  GGoals Pointing external possibilities for
academic staff personal development Dissemination
of knowledge about international grants and
programs Counseling, consulting, assistance in
preparation of grants applications Development
of data bases of university international
projects already functioning Serving as a local
contact point for European framework program 
Cooperation with Lower Silesia Region and with
local governments in utilization of European
means Delivering information about available
scholarships for academic staff Cooperation with
Regional Center Information for Scientists and
with Lower Silesian Centre of Advanced
  FFoundation MANUS, http//
- started in November 2005. Its main goal is
increasing employability among students and
graduates from universities.   IInter-University
Labour Fairs PROFESSION organized annually by
universities in Wroclaw. During the fairs
graduates, students and academic staff can gather
career information, establish direct contacts
with employers, with a view to paying visits in
institutions and enterprises, job analysis and
job description,
  • CCarriers Office - established in 1997 thanks to
    an arrangement between Wroclaw University,
    Wroclaw University of Technology and The
    Voivodship Labour Office. The Careers Service was
    one of the first established within the frame of
    Thempus Project.Since April 2002 Careers Service
    Wroclaw has worked for nine universities (Wroclaw
    University, Wroclaw University of Technology,
    Wroclaw University of Economics, University
    School of Physical Education, Agricultural
    University of Wroclaw, Academy of Fine Arts in
    Wroclaw, Academy of Music Wroclaw Medical
    University, University School of Theatre)
  •          Job fairs (
  • Tthe main goals of Careers Service Wroclaw are
  • to help students/graduates to find a satisfying
  • to encourage them to make and implement the best
    decisions about their careers
  • to provide information about the labour market
  • t o provide information about employers in the
    country and abroad
  • Tthe main goals are achieving by
  •          Co-operation with employers
  •          Co-operation with institutions, local
    government, media
  •          Vocational counselling
  •          Company presentations
  •          Collecting information
  • EEvery year Careers Service Wroclaw is visited by
    over 15 thousand students and graduates.
    Vocational counsellors provide over 2600
    individual counselling interviews with students
    and graduates, and provides trainings for over
    1700 people every year.

Wroclaw Centre for Technology Transfer (WCTT) -
is a self financing department within the Wroclaw
University of Technology. WCTT has its own
governing Council comprised of University and
industry representatives and is located in a new
purpose built centre with the most modern
facilities for training, conferences, etc. It is
a not for profit organisation which allows it to
offer more competitive prices. WCTT's mission is
"Increasing competitiveness and effectiveness of
enterprises through innovations.
Division for University Promotion, Information
and Recruitment
They are financially supported by higher
education units, local government and sponsors
from the industry. A part of funds are gained
from organization of conferences, courses, grants
as well as from international cooperation
  • Thank you for your attention