ITU recommends that aspects of confidentiality and intellectual property rights are discussed before starting such projects. This is among other things to ensure that you do not enter into a contract with a company on unfair terms, such as to waive all the rights to your IP without any remuneration. Confidentiality Agreement and a Confidentiality and Rights Agreement for a student project that you and the company can use. This is not a requirement; However, ITU will only co-sign an agreement for a student project, if the agreement is based on our template, see section on the Confidentiality and Rights Agreement below.
Many companies prefer to use their own agreement, but ITU will not sign these, and you can only commit yourself – and not ITU – to the content with your signature.
A Confidentiality Agreement is between you and the company, and ITU is not a part of the agreement.
Both supervisor and examiner are obliged to follow the duty of confidentiality in general. Therefore, you do not need a signature from your supervisor or any other ITU representative. For this reason as well, you must be extra careful what you agree to, as the agreement is your responsibility.
Confidentiality and Rights agreement
Involving ITU Legal?
You are not entitled to use ITU Legal, as this is a service to the University staff that can be used as part of their work.
Legal will often get involved in your project through the supervisor, but please be aware that it is the supervisor's interests that Legal are protecting and not yours.
Legal has tried to consider the interests of students in preparing the standard contract Confidentiality and Rights agreement.
Mark as confidential
Things to consider
How to set up a project
A project executed in collaboration with a company must be set up as any other project at ITU; you must register the project in the same way, observe the same deadlines, find a supervisor from ITU who will accept your project and supervise you, etc.
The project must also meet the same academic standard as other projects at ITU. This means, that you must discuss the problem statement with the ITU supervisor, and find out how the company can be used as a case in the final assignment.
Finding a Company
Discuss mutual expectations with the company
It is a good idea to discuss your individual expectations, before you start the project collaboration. You can ask yourself questions like:
Access to important data at the company
Before you make an agreement with a company or organization, you should make sure that it is possible for you to gain access to relevant data, which is important for your project. This means that you should: