In the academic year 2015/2016, more than 26,000 students started studying computer science in Poland. students. The same was true of the last academic year. However, this is a drop in the ocean of needs of the IT industry, which is developing rapidly in our country. The demand for new employees is constantly reported by both large corporations and small businesses, which can be easily observed, they review offers on such portals as Bulldogjob.pl.therefore, many employers are looking for specialists already among students, trying to catch the most talented.
In Poland, almost every second company has a problem finding employees with the right qualifications. That’s the highest level in six years. This applies to virtually all industries, especially it. As a result, companies often have to bear the additional costs of training newly hired workers. Therefore, more and more IT employers decide to establish close cooperation with universities, thus preparing competent employees for themselves among students.
University and IT employer-areas of cooperation
Cooperation between universities and IT companies can take very different forms. Much depends on the degree of involvement of the employer in such projects, but the extent of contacts with universities is also influenced by the adopted recruitment strategy, the demand for new staff and employer branding activities. It is worth emphasizing that cooperation between the university and the IT company can be aimed at using the potential of the Higher School in the operation of the enterprise, but it can also focus on the implementation of the university’s tasks. Of course, there is nothing to prevent these two objectives from being implemented at the same time.
It is possible to distinguish areas where cooperation between the IT industry and universities is most often carried out. First of all, such cooperation concerns the implementation of joint projects and didactic projects, courses and trainings, after the completion of which students often receive various certificates and diplomas. Most often this is done under the name “academy”. Examples include CISCO Academy, Oracle Academy, or Microsoft IT academy. The certificates that students can get most often are Microsoft certified professional, Corporate Readiness Certificate (IBM Global Services), Sun certified Java programmer, Cisco, Oracle certificates, etc.
Other areas of cooperation between IT companies and universities include, for example, advising on the development of the study programme and the organisation of apprenticeships, caring for scientific circles operating in IT departments, supporting universities in equipping their laboratories with the appropriate equipment and software, and even participating in the setting of master’s thesis topics. An important part of this cooperation is also the participation of companies in university job fairs and the organization of open days and meetings with students.
What companies cooperate with universities?
According to the data of the pro Progressio foundation, in Poland about 100 companies currently cooperate with universities, and the vast majority of them are entities operating in the IT industry. Such cooperation is carried out both by small, but already dynamically developing companies on the market, and large, global brands. The largest partners of Polish universities are primarily Microsoft and Cisco. Both companies now cooperate with more than 30 universities. A slightly smaller range of cooperation can boast Oracle and IBM-each of these companies implements joint projects with 8 universities. Other IT companies are usually limited to working closely with one university and up to two universities. It is worth starting with a look at the leaders of this kind of cooperation.
As part of its academy, Microsoft provides, among other things, free e-learning training from servers, operating systems, networks, and also allows free use of the software as part of DreamSpark premium. For example, Microsoft cooperates with the Silesian University of technology in Gliwice, the University of Economics in Cracow, the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, the University of Opole, and the Silesian University in Katowice. The second leader of cooperation is implementing the CISCO Academy program, which is a wide-ranging project implemented in many countries around the world. It includes, inter alia, training cycles. Cisco cooperates with such universities as, for example, the Higher School of management and banking in Krakow, the Higher School of informatics and management named after Prof. Tadeusz Kotarbiński in Olsztyn, the Higher School of informatics and skills in łódź, AGH in Krakow.
Oracle runs its academy, among others, at the Warsaw University of informatics, the łódź University of technology and the University of łódź, while the aforementioned IBM operates, for example, at the University of Economics in Wrocław, the University of Silesia in Katowice or the Higher School of banking in Gdańsk. The Polish Comarch is also very active, running its Academy of competence and cooperating with such schools as the University of łódź and the Higher School of entrepreneurship and administration in Lublin. Other companies that strengthen cooperation with universities include coders center (e.g. Politechnika białostocka), Datacomp (e.g. politechnika Krakowska), Accenture (e.g. politechnika łódzka), JIT solutions (e.g. University of Gdansk), Atos (e.g. Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń), Google (e.g. University of Warsaw), etc. Every year the list of such companies increases, which is beneficial both for the IT industry itself and for students.
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