Aarhus University (AU) gives students an opportunity to do projects in close collaboration with private and public companies/organisations because our goal is to help improve your career prospects. In order to reach this goal, we need to collect information on the companies/organisations that students collaborate with.
If you are registered for a course where you will be working with a private or public company, you will soon receive a form in your AU mailbox. The form includes a few questions regarding your collaboration with the company/organisation.
Below, you can reader more about the information we collect on project placement:
What does a project placement involve?
A project placement is a course where you collaborate with a private company, a public organisation or a volunteer organisation. Project placements are defined as activities where the student, as part of a course, participates in assignments or an ‘internship’ at a private or public organisation and earn up to 30 ECTS credits in the process.
What is the information used for?
The information about the collaboration will not be made public, but will give us important information about how many students participate in collaborations with business and industry. The information will also give us an idea of which types of companies and organisations collaborate with students at AU. This will help AU do a better job of providing support for collaborations between students and our many partners. The total number of collaborations with companies/organisations each year will also be reported to the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education.
What if we are writing the report in a group?
If you are writing with other students, you will each have to fill out the form. This is necessary because AU has to report to the ministry how many students have collaborated with external companies and organisations each year.
Examples of confidential information include sensitive personal data on interviewees or health information. Your project may also be subject to confidentiality if you were asked to agree to a special level of confidentiality to get access to the company’s sensitive data. Typically, you will have made a written agreement about confidentiality with the partner, but if you are unsure whether your exam paper includes confidential information, it is a good idea to discuss it with your collaboration partner.
What happens if I answer ‘yes’ to confidential?
If you indicate in the form that you project includes confidential material, this information will be used to ensure that your paper will be treated confidentially when it is checked for plagiarism.
All projects will be checked for plagiarism, but if the thesis includes confidential information, the check will be done in a closed system and the project will be filed as ‘confidential’. It will not influence the assessment of your paper if you mark it as confidential. These measures are taken to ensure that AU lives up to its special responsibility to the companies to ensure the security of their confidential information when we store it in future.