Interview: Aurélie di Nola, Director, Corporate Relations, Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma

Categorie(s) : Education, Innovation & Society, Interviews, News

Published : 4 December 2017

A core of strong corporate partners is crucial to our school

Engineering and services firm ONET and Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma recently signed a partnership agreement. How many corporate partners does the school currently have?
We signed the agreement with ONET on October 12. The company offers a wide range of services that align with our programs (electronics, embedded systems, nuclear engineering). With ONET we now have ten partners.

Are all of your partnership agreements the same, or are there different kinds of partnerships?
All of our partnerships have one thing in common: supporting our students’ transition to the career world. Our partners can teach, give talks about their businesses, and conduct mock job interviews with students. They also participate actively in Partners Day.
Our partners can also support us in a number of other ways. They can allocate their apprenticeship tax to the school, make a financial donation, or donate supplies and equipment, for example.

Outside of these partnerships, what role do corporate relations play at the school?
At Phelma we have close relationships with nearly 50 companies, from startups to large corporations. Having a core of strong corporate partners is crucial to our school, especially in terms of career placement. Half of our students are hired by the company where they do their Graduation Project, which shows just how important it is to choose the right company.
The better we know our partner companies, the better we can understand their needs and the more prepared they are to help us. It is a win for everybody.



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