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Educational aims

Aims

Competences needed for the graduates of the Higher Polytechnic School are divided into the following aspects:

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Attitudes

Supervised internships in enterprises will:

  • Bring the students to the world of work they would like to enter. The situations they will experience in enterprises will be real, enabling them to get to know the dynamics of these organizations, their ways of management and business culture.
  • Relate academic knowledge with professional practice. Practical experience obtained during the internships can help students understand and practice the theories learned in the classroom.
  • Instil in students suitable attitudes to face the world of work. Getting to know the different roles to be developed in the enterprise will have influence on students making them reflect on their own responsibility and commitment to their own tasks.
  • Bring universities closer to the business world. A better understanding of production processes and services helps the university align its syllabi with the socio-economic environment.

Knowledge: Social partners agree that students who graduate from our polytechnic schools have a solid theoretical knowledge and practical working skills and understand fully the business environment. Another important fact is the foreign language skills of our graduates. Because of EU member state relations and the multiculturality of companies, our programme prioritizes knowledge of foreign languages.

The capacity to adjust to new and changing situations, team work and leadership are all other critically important and necessary skills that the programme cultivates. Soon Engineering graduates may take on roles of responsibility and make decisions that could affect other colleagues or teams within the same company.

A good attitude is probably the most difficult aspect of the teaching area and a much appreciated one in businesses. Future engineers should be prepared to overcome difficulties with drive; be able to communicate their ideas or suggestions to the workers under their charge and those who occupy the positions of higher responsibility; adapt easily to new strategies and direction models; respond positively to new challenges, and be aware that success or failure results from team work, a team in which everybody’s effort is a fundamental element of the assigned task. These aspects must be taken into account when looking for a job.

Structure

Supervised internships in enterprises have been designed as a face-to-face training activity to be carried out in the last course of the EPS syllabus.

Enterprises (or institutions) that wish to collaborate in this training process are asked to sign an agreement with the UdL, pointing out a mutual will and commitment to undertake practical training. After expressing their interest in accepting students as trainees, enterprises have to assign a tutor who will guide the students in the process and ensure that the internship will be directed towards the completion of the training and knowledge acquired at the university.

On the part of the EPS there is a School-Enterprise coordinator who takes part in the assignment of companies, being the direct contact between the business and the university. Additionally, there is an Academic Tutor who functions as the trainees’ reference point as he/she follows the internship and deals with the assignment process and assessment.

The companies have to be chosen at the beginning of the course, following the order of the students’ academic records. In this document you can find the companies where internships may be carried out. The list of companies available for practical trainings is updated every academic course in the Virtual Campus space.

Students carry out their internship throughout the period of study. The internship is equivalent to 15 credits. When the practice session is finished, students present an internship notebook to the company’s tutor who assesses it and writes an assessment report on the students’ efforts during the period.

Programme and Collaborating companies

At the beginning of the process every company presents an internship proposal to be developed by a student. The proposal varies according to the company and its department and is not necessarily the same every year.