Association of Industrial Partners
Faculty of Informatics (FI), Masaryk University (MU) founded its Association of Industrial Partners - AIP (in Czech Sdružení Průmyslových Partnerů - SPP) at the beginning of 2007. Cooperation with a particular company is always based on shared interest in a particular activity. Establishing a closer relationship is crucial for companies especially in areas where FI holds a privileged position, at least on a national level.
Developing mutual cooperation may take on a variety of forms – closer links between research and industry, cooperation in laboratories on science and research projects, cooperation in teaching and creating fields of study and graduates’ profiles, student internships, supervision of theses, etc.
The AIP at the Faculty of Informatics is intended for companies interested in a long-term cooperation with FI.
Cooperation within the AIP is based on a contractual basis in the following three levels:
This form of collaboration is custom-made for small enterprises whose primary goal is to establish a formal partnership with FI MU.
The second most common level – Partner – usually serves larger companies to establish the initial contact with the prospect of moving on to a higher level. Every Partner has a dedicated contact person from among FI MU academics, participates in development projects involving several students, and in other activities.
Long-term common interest is the basis of the highest level of partnership - the Strategic Partner category. The Strategic Partner has the opportunity to "be there" when the faculty discusses relevant issues of study or research. Strategic Partners take part in support provided to PhD research, and usually have their representative available at FI MU on regular basis, etc.
Partners at All Levels
- can take part in regular meetings with FI students and staff (organized in the final weeks of each term) where the partners are also informed about important FI developments and plans.
- can also be advertised at the Association's information points. Several times a year, there are opportunities for additional individual promotions, aimed primarily at the higher levels of cooperation.
Joining the Association of Industrial Partners is predicated upon signing a formal agreement with FI, and earmarking resources to cover the costs of common activities.