The University of Miskolc has entered into a strategic agreement with one of the largest employers in the region, the Bosch Power Tool company in Miskolc, which manufactures electric power tools and batteries, on the practical training of university students, support for their placement on the labour market, and the expansion of educational cooperation. As part of the cooperation, students of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Informatics and the Faculty of Economics will have the opportunity to take part in the internship programme of Robert Bosch Power Tool Kft. and to earn credit points for that, in their university education.
According to the agreement, the university and the company shall cooperate in the development of the education program, in university education and research, in the organization of academic competitions, as well as in the further education of the company's employees. They are planning to launch a joint professional and systems engineering course, as well as to develop the already functioning Robert Bosch department. Students will enjoy the benefits of participating in the company's internship programme and working part-time in a real workplace environment, with the support of Bosch employees.
"The University of Miskolc trains young graduates with outstanding theoretical and up-to-date practical knowledge for the region's employers, thereby taking a significant part in the development of the region. The agreement just concluded will help us to provide state-of-the-art theoretical and practical training to our students," says Prof. Dr. Zita Horváth, rector of the University of Miskolc.
"Nowadays, it is almost essential that a graduate student has a high level of theoretical and solid practical knowledge, as well as work experience. We are proud of the fact that we have already helped hundreds of Miskolc university students acquire competitive knowledge. With the strategic agreement just signed, we will enter into even closer cooperation with the university, so that the most talented specialists of the region can come out of Miskolc", says Marianna Tóthné Vankucz, HR manager of Robert Bosch Power Tool Kft. in Miskolc.
Gaining experience at a future-shaping workplace
The agreement concluded now is the reinforcement of a previous cooperation. Robert Bosch Power Tool Kft. and the University of Miskolc have been cooperating for more than ten years, primarily helping students gain practical experience. In the company's internship program, university students can work in a flexible schedule in addition to their studies. With this, they can start their careers at a future-shaping workplace, and even get a full-time position after graduation. And in the dual higher education program, students can expand their knowledge at the company from the first semester onwards, with Bosch mentors helping them.
Hundreds of students have already participated in the collaboration. More than half of the university students working in the internship program will start their professional careers at the company after graduation.
In addition, the Robert Bosch Department of Mechatronics has been operating at the university since 2004, where the company took an active part in launching it and equipping the laboratory. A joint training program was also launched in 2021, the logistics packaging development training and the specialized further training of the specialist engineer meet cutting edge market needs. The university supports the continuing education of Bosch employees with specific professional training, and university also supports the company's developments with research investigations.
Thanks to Bosch's outstanding, future-shaping innovations, the projects implemented here also promote the development of the region.
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Bosch has been present in Hungary since 1898 with its products. After its re-establishment as a regional trading company in 1991, Bosch has grown into one of Hungary’s largest foreign industrial employers with currently eight subsidiaries. In fiscal 2022 it had total net sales of 2.255 billion forints and consolidated sales to third parties on the Hungarian market of 314 billion forints. The Bosch Group in Hungary employs more than 18,300 associates (as of December 31, 2022). In addition to its manufacturing, commercial and development business, Bosch has a network of sales and service operations that covers the entire country.
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