Two new competitions are being launched. The aim is to foster cooperation between universities and the business sector. A sum of PLN 140 million has been earmarked for launching new university courses, practical classes and internships. All this money will be spent on helping recent graduates to find employment.
The financial support from the EU Funds is administered by the National Centre for Research and Development. Universities should submit their applications by 28 September. They must show how they prepare students for entering the labour market.
- It lays within the interest of every university to cooperate with partners from the business sector - emphasised Barbara Kudrycka, Minister of Science and Higher Education. - Thanks to additional funds universities can include solutions which are particularly sought for by students in their curricula: more practical classes, trainings with potential employers and complementary courses - she added.
Points for cutting-edge study programmes
Under both competitions, additional points are given to projects which include knowledge and skills related to entrepreneurship taught in English by experts-practitioners with relevant business experience.
Under the first competition, PLN 100 million will be provided for new undergraduate, engineer, graduate and PhD courses, whose graduates will help in developing and innovating the Polish economy. It will be also possible to use the money for preparing graduates to start a career, to improve the offer of internships and vocational trainings as well as grants for PhD students and young PhD degree holders.
The other competition offers PLN 40 million for e.g. launching new postgraduate courses whose graduates are attractive for the economy sector, improving the quality of distance learning and organising workshops and trainings at leading foreign universities.
Stressing the practical skills
Competitions organised by the National Centre for Research and Development constitute yet another measure which helps universities to adapt their programmes to labour market requirements.
In June, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education opened a competition for programmes which are to focus on the results of education and which should teach students some practical skills apart from the theoretical knowledge. University departments which will draw up the best course offers or will improve the quality of teaching will be granted PLN 1 million. The total amount to be distributed under this competition amounts to PLN 60 million.
The Ministry also chose 28 best university courses in Poland. These are taught at 25 university departments across Poland. The department will receive a total of PLN 3 million in subsidies in the next three years.