AGH UST begins collaboration with Norwegian motor company

photos by Z. Sulima

On 3rd March, 2017, the AGH University of Science and Technology signed a collaboration agreement with Kongsberg Automotive Pruszków. On the basis of the agreement, the students of our university will be able to take part in professional training programmes and internships in the branch of this Norwegian motor company located in Pruszków near Warsaw. 

According to the information provided by the Central Statistical Office of Poland, employment in the motor industry has been continually increasing since 2010, reaching nearly 200 thousand employees (data provided by the Polish Association of Automotive Industry). According to the Polish Survey of Salaries 2015, it the fourth best-paid branch of heavy industry. 

Within the framework of the agreement, signed by professor Jerzy Lis, AGH UST Vice-Rector for Cooperation, and Beata Anna Wałdoch, of Kongsberg Automotive Pruszków, the company will ensure places for internships and practical training during the academic year and summer holidays, as well as will also provide support in the implementation of scientific research projects. The ceremony of signing the agreement also featured the following representatives of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Automatics, Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering: professor Ryszard Sroka, Dean of the Faculty, professor Janusz Gajda, Vice-Dean for Science and Cooperation, Szczepan Moskwa, DSc, Vice-Dean for Student and General Affairs, and Agnieszka Wójcik, of the Department for Cooperation with Administration and Economy. 

“Our particular task is to ensure that the educational process of the university students meets the highest standards. In the first place, it is related maintaining a high quality of the educational offer of our university. This is why we appreciate any and all possibilities of establishing positive relationships with the industrial market. Thanks to these contacts, we can make sure that our students become familiar with particular branches of industry still before they take a final decision as to their future place of employment. We are extremely pleased that such a possibility has also opened up in the case of Kongsberg Automotive Pruszków. We hope that in the near future a group of interested students will have an opportunity to visit this large plant, as well as to take up employment under the supervision of experienced engineers,” said Dr Szczepan Moskwa. 

Kongsberg Automotive is a Norwegian holding company that has been present in the motor industry for over 50 years. Among other products, it manufactures seat heating systems, seat ventilation systems, lumbar support systems, as well as massage systems, which are used in a majority of vehicles all over the world of such car manufacturers as Volvo, BMW, Daimler, Jaguar, Land Rover, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Ferrari, GM, Renault, Citroen, Peugeot, FIAT, Toyota, Maserati, and Bentley. Kongsberg Automotive has had a plant in Pruszków for 16 years. Currently, it has over 1,200 employees and is one of the leaders in manufacturing car accessories and equipment in Poland. The Polish branch of the company has its own division for research and development, and in the manufacturing process it takes advantage of the latest technologies – part of the assembly lines is equipped with robots and fully automated.