Academic collaboration

Do you have a project in need of completion? Do you have any professional development tasks that are always put on the back-burner? Could your organization benefit from new ideas and fresh inspiration from the best minds at NTNU? If so, then academic collaboration between your organization, a student and his/her supervisor could be the solution you are looking for.

 

WHAT IS ACADEMIC COLLABORATION?
A student, his/her supervisor and a company or other external organization work together on a joint project or thesis. The project should be academically and professionally relevant for all parties involved. The ultimate goal of academic collaboration is to gain knowledge. There are no costs associated with academic collaboration. Throughout the collaborative process, you will get to know the student and his/her level of skills and expertise. This collaborative partnership may also form the basis for future employment. For the student, the main goal will be having the opportunity to work on an academically relevant project in a dynamic professional environment. 

 

HOW TO GET STARTED:

  1. Create a profile at NTNU Bridge
  2. Advertise a topic (or topics) for a master's thesis or other project as an announcement via "My page" (lasts 12 months)
  3. We will contact the relevant faculty or department and then contact you directly
  4. A start-up meeting will be arranged, where the topic outline, responsibilities of all parties and project timeline will be discussed

WHAT IS REQUIRED OF YOU:

  • Follow up with the student and be as clear as possible about your expectations
  • An estimated 20 hours of external feedback and guidance over the project duration of half a year for a master's student
  • Complete a written agreement

NTNU STANDARD AGREEMENTS
http://www.ntnu.no/bridge/en/standard-agreement-academic-collaboration
Please inform the student if you or your organization wish to include special privacy or confidentiality clauses in the agreement.

FORMULATING THE PROJECT OUTLINE
When advertising the project you wish to collaborate on, be sure to describe it in as much detail as possible. We recommend that the student contacts his/her supervisor before responding to the advertisement. The final project outline will be developed jointly by the employer, student and his/her supervisor. More about formulating the project outline can be found here: http://www.ntnu.no/viko/english/topics.

 

DIFFERENT LEVELS OF KNOWLEDGE
Academic collaboration can occur at different knowledge and skill levels. Be aware that the duration of different projects and theses will vary. Short-term projects with well-defined outlines are often best suited for academically relevant part-time or seasonal work.

  • Project assignment is an academically relevant assignment that is written over the course of 2–6 months. Many students write their project assignment and master's thesis on related topics. Some students even relate their project assignment to a summer job.
  • Bachelor's thesis is usually a project completed largely independently with a focus on a subject area relevant to the degree. A bachelor's thesis is usually written over the course of 6 months. Whether or not the student writes his/her thesis during the spring or autumn semester will vary from department to department. In addition to academic specialization at a lower academic level, the student will learn academic methods, and develop his/her writing skills and reading comprehension.
  • Master's thesis is usually a project completed largely independently with a focus on a subject area relevant to the degree. A master's thesis is usually written over the course of 6–12 months. The time of year for writing a master's thesis will vary from department to department. In addition to academic specialization at a higher academic level, the student will learn academic methods, and develop his/her writing skills and reading comprehension.

You will be asked to specify the subject area(s) you are interested in when you publish a project advertisement on the NTNU Bridge portal.

 

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Confirm with the student and his/her supervisor that the project has the appropriate level of difficulty. For example, creating a webpage would not be considered sufficient to form the basis of a master's thesis for an IT student. Such a task could instead form the basis of a part-time position requiring 20–30 hours work.

 

WHEN ARE STUDENTS LOOKING FOR THESIS TOPICS?
Students are looking for thesis topics at specific times during the academic year. By publishing your project announcement at the right time, you will greatly increase your chances of getting a response.

February/March: Most students decide on a project assignment and then write the assignment during the autumn semester.
April/May: Most students decide on a master's thesis and then write the thesis during the autumn semester.
October/November: Most students decide on a bachelor's thesis and then write the thesis during the spring semester.
Before Easter: Students look for summer jobs.
Before the summer: Many students look for part-time or full-time work.

 

EXAMPLES
You can find NTNU's archive of master's and PhD theses here: http://ntnu.diva-portal.org/smash/search.jsf?rvn=10

 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS
Unless otherwise agreed upon, the student holds the copyright to his/her thesis/project assignment. Read more about intellectual property rights in relation to academic work in the standard agreement for collaborating with companies/external organizations. 

 

INFORMATION ABOUT NTNU
For information about the different study programmes and course structures: http://www.ntnu.edu/studies/allstudies
You can find an overview of all the different faculties here: http://www.ntnu.edu/faculties

 

OTHER FORMS OF COLLABORATION
http://www.ntnu.no/bridge/en/interested-other-forms-collaboration

 

 
If you have any further questions, please contact: kontakt@bridge.ntnu.no

Checklist for student assignments

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Your result

Master's thesis

The master's thesis is an assignment of higher academic level with specialization in a subject relevant to the degree. It marks the end of a five-year course of study. The assignment normally lasts 6-12 months and is finished before summer. The task is usually individual. In addition to subject specialization the student learns methodology, advanced writing and text comprehension. A thesis provides a thorough assessment of a problem, and often implies the collection and analysis of new data.

Bachelor's thesis

The Bachelor’s thesis is an assignment of lower academic level with specialization in a subject relevant to the degree. A bachelor thesis usually lasts up to six months and is part of a three-year bachelor's degree. The task can be solved individually or by a group. The student usually has other subjects while writing the bachelor thesis. In addition to subject specialization the student learns methodology, advanced writing and text comprehension. The thesis has less academic weight as a master's thesis, and is often more practical oriented.

Project assignment

The project assignment is often a shorter pre-study for a bachelor's or master's thesis, or a group project linked to practical work. The assignment usually runs over a shorter period. Many students do their project assignment and master’s thesis on the same topic. Some also link their project assignment to summer work. The assignment can be used to resolve specific tasks or do preliminary studies for a larger project.

Supervised professional training

Supervised professional training can be both paid and unpaid. Many study programs require the student to conduct 6-12 weeks of practical work in addition to their studies. Others have professional training or fieldwork as part of subjects. Contents vary from pure vocational training to practical work with an academic end product. Supervised professional training can be executed as one-off projects, or through long term commitment with a department.

Summer work

Summer work is usually full-time work done during the students' summer break (June-August). Many students do their mandatory practice work as summer work. This is paid employment.

Part-time work

Work that can be combined with studies, such as weekend- and evening work. It does not have to be academically relevant.

Full-time work

Work that cannot be combined with studies. Relevant for students who have earned their degree.

Internship / Trainee

Full Time work especially tailored for recently graduated students. usually a program of limited duration that includes job training and supervised learning.

Other

Assignments that do not fit into the other categories. Unpaid positions and voluntary work belong here.

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