The Barcelona School of Informatics (FIB) creates knowledge in order to contribute significantly to the progress of society with innovative initiatives as well as to the development of information technologies throughout the country over 30 years.
Meeting the needs of companies helps to prepare more effectively the professionals with skills that society needs.
The collaboration between FIB and organizations, institutions and companies makes possible sharing interests and projects, with the added value of:
- Ensuring that FIB students have a direct bond with companies in the sector of information technology.
- Training students for they get the skills that organizations need.
- Building together research and innovation projects.
- Enabling access to national and European networks.
- Building a social image of prestige through the alliance of university and industry.
The collaboration between the companies and the FIB is mainly found in the following areas, even though we are always open to new innovative proposals:
Integration into the world of work
- The IT Forum is a set of activities (presentations, conferences, company stands, CV submissions, interviews, etc.) that are run by students with the participation of a large number of businesses. Companies are showing a growing interest in this initiative, as it enables them to make contacts with potential future employees.
- Educational cooperation agreements: the aim of educational cooperation activities is to supplement the training received by students at the University through work experience in business environments.
- Collaboration agreements to implement the final Degree project or the Master project at the company.
- Job Bank (Borsa de Treball): an area for companies to publish job offers.
- Company Seminars: every year short seminars are held by professionals of main companies. Attending these seminars is recognized by means of credits for students.
- Participation in courses working in training or handing over resources to the FIB courses in Computer Science or Master
Transfer of technology
- Research activities carried out directly by research groups and staff linked to the FIB.
- Scholarships for students to carry out the research doctorate.
- Participation in regional, state and European competitive programs (eg program Avanza and FP7).
- The FIB takes an active part in projects that promote partnerships and relationships between companies and the Cluster for Innovation.
- Festibity is a major IT event that is held every year in May by the Cercle Fiber. It is intended to serve as a meeting point for businesses, universities and professionals from the IT sector.
Sponsorships and other patronage agreements
- Awards for best records.
- Awards for final Informatics Engineering studies project or final Master’s Degree project.
- Awards for innovative solutions or proposals to create new businesses.
- Promotion of international mobility: the organizations provide financial support for mobility of students of the FIB and of foreigner students who want to study in the FIB.
- Actions to improve facilities: the FIB has a plan for external funding with a catalogue of actions needed by the Faculty. Companies can collaborate, as for example, remodelling a lab classroom for some specific purpose or creating new services on the FIB’s web.
- Business Chair UPC and Business Classrooms: all the above activities can be grouped with the creation of a stable link between business and the UPC increasing the added value of partnerships.