A new EU programme will allow entrepreneurs to order with universities faculties that will educate future employees in a way that suits their needs.
Operational Programme Knowledge, Education, Development is intended to strengthen cooperation between entrepreneurs and universities. Dziennik Gazeta Prawna reports that the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development plans to use resources available in the programme to create a mechanism allowing entrepreneurs to order faculties tailored to their needs so that the way students are educated matches what the market expects from graduates.
The Ministry plans to enable entrepreneurs to co-finance and actively participate in education. Universities selected by companies will offer faculties corresponding to the needs of these companies. Such joint initiatives of companies and universities can be co-financed from the programme Knowledge, Education, Development.
The government is working on adjusting higher education to the needs of the market. It is the task of the National Centre for Research and Development. The result of its work is to be a list of new ordered faculties and their curricula. Faculties created in cooperation with companies will be a complement to this scheme.
It is assumed that enterprises will have to participate more actively in education, which means not only co-financing selected faculties but also delegating employees to give lectures, organizing internships, and maybe even guaranteeing employment to a set number of students.
Experts point out that the project will mainly benefit universities offering faculties in science and technology, nature sciences and economy. Funding from the programme Knowledge, Education, Development for company-university cooperation initiatives will be available in 2015.