As part of their education, many students at Aalborg University perform their student projects in collaboration with companies. The company can be a private company or a public institution, e.g. municipalities, regions and other universities. On this website relevant information can be found, in relation to i.e. typical expectations with regard to the collaboration, pitfalls, model agreements, as well as tips and points of attention that may be relevant when entering into an agreements with companies regarding collaboration on a student project.
Student project performed in collaboration between students and a company should be a mutually rewarding experience.
Both the company and the students are expected to contribute to the project and to gain learning experience from the performance of the project.
The company has a chance to have students with special academic qualifications test relevant cases or analyze problems, while the students gets the opportunity to collaborate with industry on authentic problems within their field of education.
10 TIPS FOR STUDENTS
- Make sure you understand the content and consequences of the agreement
- Remember the goal is to complete your exam
- Remember that you and the company may have different interests
- Negotiate with the company if the agreement contains unfair terms and conditions
- Discuss the content of the agreement with your supervisor, parents or business connections, but remember that your supervisor is your academic mentor and not your legal advisor
- An agreement implies obligations, so make sure to take it seriously
- If the agreement is unfair, you may consider another project
- Seek professional advice (e.g. the non-profit legal service ‘Advokatvagten’)
- A project only lasts for a few months, an agreement may continue for many years
- Be realistic about the results you may obtain though your negotiations