SmartDocuments and Saxion University join forces. In the next six months no less than 60 students of the IBMS study will work on an extensive research project commissioned by SmartDocuments. A useful practical project for the students, which at the same time provides valuable information for SmartDocuments.
It is a fact that the cooperation between Saxion University of Applied Sciences and SmartDocuments is not entirely coincidental. The old school of director Marco Drost has provided SmartDocuments in recent years a number of good employees. Like Aren Grigorjan and Joël Klumper, who have formed the marketing team of the company since their graduation. Last week they were themselves in front of the class at their old IBMS (International Business and Management Studies) course to present the students with a challenging assignment. This was an immediate opportunity for the students to put their questions about 'life after the programme' to them. It was also seen as valuable to hear where former students end up after their studies.
Working together more often
For some years now SmartDocuments has employees in the marketing department educated by Saxion University of Applied Sciences. A successful approach and therefore a good reason to expand this to the ICT department in the near future. SmartDocuments also created the need to expand the collaboration even further. And so contact was sought with the University of Applied Sciences, with the request to start up a joint project. A question to which the University of Applied Sciences was positively disposed.
Research into the European market
The 60 students of the IBMS programme will spend the next six months in 11 groups looking for opportunities for SmartDocuments in other European countries. Which markets offer prospects and are there opportunities to gain a foothold in the country in question? The groups will be guided in their research by their lecturers and will submit their initial findings to SmartDocuments at the end of the first period. A final recommendation will be made at the end of the project.
There's no such thing as free lunch
The project is a wonderful opportunity to gain practical experience and offers students a glimpse into the business world. SmartDocuments realises this, but would still like to offer an extra reward. The group of students who present the winning idea will go home with a nice amount of money.
Contributing to practice-based education
SmartDocuments has long supported many international goals aimed at children. With the new project SmartDocuments also wants to contribute on a regional level. In addition to the project Marco Drost (general director/founder of SmartDocuments) will this year, partly for this reason, give a guest lecture at the University of Applied Sciences.