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Collaborating with companies

A project done in collaboration with a company must be set up as any other project at ITU:

  • you must register for the project in the same way and observe the same deadlines,
  • you must find a supervisor from ITU who will accept your project and supervise you.

The project must also meet the same academic standards as other projects at ITU. This means that you must discuss the problem statement with the ITU supervisor, and through this discussion you will determine how the company can be used as a case in the final assignment.

Finding a company

There are several ways of getting in touch with a company:

  • A lot of companies have uploaded project proposals in the Job- and Project Bank (you might also check the Project Banks of other Universities). Take a look at companies that have posted internships as well; these companies will often be interested in project collaboration.
  • Twice a year The Study and Career Guidance hosts an event where the companies/organizations who are interested in collaborating with students visit the IT University. See the calendar for The Study and Career Guidance here.
  • If you have any companies that you might be interested in working with, do not hesitate to contact them. Many companies are interested in working with students.
    Some teachers also have contact with companies – you might ask the person you have in mind for a supervisor whether he or she has some relevant connections.
 

Discuss mutual expectations with the company

It is a good idea to discuss your individual expectations before you start the project collaboration:

  • Why does the company wish to collaborate with students and what are their expectations in terms of the outcome of this collaboration?
  • What are their expectations in regards to how the project collaboration will go about?
  • Does the company have any preferences in terms of method, theoretical approach, the design of the study etc.?

Access to important data

Before you make an agreement with a company or organisation, 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:

  • Make sure you have a contact person at the company who has the time to meet with you or your group.
  • If you need to make interviews etc. you should make sure that the company is prepared for that.
  • Make sure you will have the opportunity to gain access to relevant material, such as: meeting summaries, reports, software, documentation etc.

Agreement on confidentiality with the company

In some cases, the company will want to make a confidentiality agreement with you, to ensure that confidential information about internal company matters is not disclosed to unauthorized persons.

An agreement of confidentiality is made between you and the company, and ITU is not a part in the agreement.

Therefore, you do not need a signature from your supervisor or any other ITU representative. For this reason you must be extra careful what you agree to, as the agreement is your responsibility.

 

Example of a Confidentiality agreement

ITU has made an example of a confidentiality agreement that you and the company can use, but this is not a requirement. Many companies would like to use their own confidentiality agreement or make changes / additions to the text that ITU has made, and they are allowed to do this.

However, we recommend that you show the confidentiality agreement to your supervisor before you sign it, so you and your supervisor ensure that the agreement does not contain elements that are in violation with ITU regulations for projects and exams.

Mark as confidential

If necessary, you can mark in Learnit that the assignment is confidential when you submit it. In addition, the oral exam will be held behind closed doors, i.e. without an audience, on your request.


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