Infor is donating 50 licenses of its ERP software for students and lecturers as Infor’s opens a Center of Excellence at Wroclaw’s University of Science and Technology. This is part of Infor’s initiative to engage with universities around the world. It will provide Wroclaw students with exposure and work experience with ERP software. This should help them obtain better jobs with deeper technology specificity.
What will students get from this?
According to Artur Sawicki, Manager of the Wroclaw’s Center of Excellence: “The University is the first Polish academy invited to Infor’s Education Alliance Program. We are convinced that the co-operation will allow the students to gain practical skills with ERP software. In the next phase, we will launch an internship program, and offer work for the best graduates. By 2018, Infor’s Wroclaw Center of Excellence will have created 500 jobs in total, and we hope some of these will be from the University”.
The agreement was signed in March, 2017. In the first phase, fifty students from the Computer Science & Management Faculty (Management Department) will join the program. In the second phase, in October 2017, another 200 students of the IT Engineering department will join.
The students will study in English. They will have access to:
- Infor’s CloudSuite Industrial Machinery software
- completed projects and case studies associated with the software
- Infor education materials.
“Access to the full version of Infor’s software will help our students to leverage their skills and, at the same time, they will develop their position as they enter the labor market,” says engineer Adam Wasilewski, PhD, from Computer Science & Management Faculty, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology.
Wroclaw University of Science and is one of the largest technical universities in Poland with 34,000 students. They are taught by 2000 academics across 16 faculties with 112 research laboratories. In the last five years the University has obtained 758 patents.
The University pursues a strategy which: “adapt(s) the activity of the University to the needs of the economy.” Aims include the transfer of knowledge to industries as well as innovation and cooperation with business, local government and scientific-research centres. It fosters entrepreneurship and aids students and graduates to support their job searching.
With this agreement, Infor advances into the European education market in one of the fastest growing EU countries. By basing the licences on CloudSuite Industrial Machinery software, the target is the discrete manufacturing sector. This focus is on manufacturing processes, services and complementary operations like financial management and supplier coordination.
This is only the latest agreement between Infor and universities. In December last year it formalised an agreement in Thailand with Thailand’s Dhurakij Pundit University (DPU). The benefits is that it creates a growing number of entrepreneurs and engineers who are familiar with Infor software. The expectation is that they will either become employees or select the software in their future businesses.
With 250 students entering the program in 2017 Infor develops skills based on its technology. By educating in English it as good as guarantees its students will be in demand, and able to deliver, not only in Poland but across the EU and wider.