Do you have a project in need of completion? Do you have development tasks that are always put on the back-burner? Could your organization benefit from innovative ideas and fresh inspiration from the best minds at NTNU? If so, academic collaboration between your organization, a student and his/her supervisor could be the solution you are looking for.
What is academic collaboration?
Academic collaboration is where a student, his/her supervisor and a company or organization work together on a joint project or thesis. The project should be academically and professionally relevant for all parties involved. 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. There are no costs associated with academic collaboration.
Academic collaboration can be carried out at various levels of knowledge and skill. Note that the duration and focus of different types of assignements will vary. An assignment should provide academic insights within a given field.Short-term projects with well-defined outlines are often best suited for academically relevant part-time or seasonal work. 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.
To initiate a collaboration with a student, the first step for you as an employer will be to create a profile at NTNU Bridge. With a profile you may easily publish announcements where you describe what kind of tasks you want solved. You will be guided through the prosess so that the annoncement reaches the right kind of students. The tasks should be concrete enough to identify the right accademic community, but also open for adjustments to fit the theory and method of the field. This can be clarified by the student and the student's supervisor. When your announcement is created and published we will assist you in announcing it to the students and the academic field.
How to get started:
- Create a profile at NTNU Bridge
- Advertise a topic (or topics) for a master's thesis or other project as an announcement via "My page"
- We will contact the relevant faculty or department and then contact you directly
- 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:
- Inform yourself about the different forms of collaboration, and when students choose their assignments. We recommend a 12-month deadline for theses.
- Follow up with the student and be as clear as possible about your expectations
- An estimated minimum of 20 hours of external feedback and guidance is required for half a years master's project
- Make sure a written agreement is signed by all parties.
Formulating the project outline
Publish an announcement on NTNU Bridge where you describe the task you need to get solved. The task should be specific enough to identify relevant academic groups, but open enough to accommodate academic requirements for theory and methodology. We recommend that the student contacts his/her supervisor before responding to the announcement. The final project outline will be developed jointly by the employer, student and his/her supervisor.
Various levels of knowledge
- The master's thesis is a project often completed 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, and is usually handed in before summer. 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. A master's thesis provides a thorough academic assessment of a problem, often involving the retrieval and analysis of new data.
- The bachelor's thesis is a project completed in groups or 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, parallel with other subjects. 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. The Bachelor's thesis does not have as much academic weight as a master's thesis, and is often more focused on practical application.
- The project assignment is often a shorter undergraduate study for a bachelor or master thesis, or group assignment linked to practical work. It usually lasts for a shorter period of time. The project assignment can be used to solve specific tasks or to do a preliminary study for a larger project.
You will be asked to specify the subject area(s) you are interested in when you publish a project announcement on NTNU Bridge.
When are students looking for assignments?
Students are looking for academic assignments at specific times of the year. By publishing your project announcement at the right time, you will greatly increase your chances of getting a response. The time of choosing tasks may vary between the different departments. Below you will see a general overwiev:
- February/March: Most students in the fields of technology and engineering choose their project assignment, wich is carried out the following autumn semester
- April/May: Most students in the fields of technology and engineering choose their master's thesis, wich is carried out the next spring semester
- September/October: Many students in the humanities and social sciences choose their master's thesis, wich is carried out the next spring semester
- October/November: Most students choose their bachelor's thesis, wich is carried out the following spring semester
In addition, many last-year students use their last spring semester to look for full time job, internships and trainee positions. Up until Easter, other students are looking for summer jobs. From August onwards, many are looking for part-time jobs that they can combine with their studies.
NTNU standard agreement
Before entering an academic collaboration, a written agreement must be signed by your organization, the student, the student's department and the academic supervisor at NTNU. The agreement clarifies ownership, disclosure and the use of project results. If there are special requirements for privacy or confidentiality, the student and NTNU must be informed immediately. This requires a separate confidentiality agreement.
Unless otherwise agreed, the student owns the copyright to his/her assignment.
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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.
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.
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 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 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.
Work that can be combined with studies, such as weekend- and evening work. It does not have to be academically relevant.
Work that cannot be combined with studies. Relevant for students who have earned their degree.
Full Time work especially tailored for recently graduated students. usually a program of limited duration that includes job training and supervised learning.
Assignments that do not fit into the other categories. Unpaid positions and voluntary work belong here.