Management of Industrial Postgraduate Studies
From an industrial point of view, university-industry collaboration is a form of collaborative work that enables universities to carry out research and development activities, especially aimed at bringing together talented human resources with the opportunities of industry. Within this structure, the industry benefits from the research potential of universities and universities benefit from know-how of the industry in the direction of win-win principle. Through the proper use of this cooperation with the transfer of knowledge between universities and industry, it is possible to easily develop and spread information among stakeholders, to meet customer requirements in a timely manner and to develop national / international competitive products.
It is known that effective university-industry cooperation leads the company to improvement of process, methods, tools and technical features. Universities are the main drivers of research on new scientific areas and training of human resources. With the combination of industrial requirements, it will be easier to bring innovative solutions to target technologies with reducing time and cost.
Realization, mentoring, and solving industrial problems with lower technology readiness level postgraduate thesis studies of employees is one of the most appropriate university-industry cooperation model. Postgraduate studies in industry enable employees to acquire the ability to access information / data; compile, interpret and analyze scientific problems and evaluate and assess the results by using scientific research methods. Therefore, industry-oriented theses contribute to the development of human resources which is one of the most important elements of technology management.
It is important that these industrial postgraduate studies should be carried out in such a way as to be related to industrial problems, traceable, monitored and capable of providing high-impact outputs. Knowledge-intensive and innovative research are mainly carried out by university-industry cooperation within the scope of postgraduate thesis. Researchers in universities and employees in companies must work together and the research whose results could be used by the company should be supported by the company. Therefore, it is necessary that the company should define its own short, medium and long term problems properly while university should give importance to understand the industrial needs and opportunities deeply. Companies also need to be open to collaboration with universities in terms of academically defining research topics / problems to be dealt with in M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies and transforming defined industrial problems into postgraduate theses. In this context, it is important that postgraduate studies should be associated with the company's technology roadmap / acquisition plan and that the company should encourage those thesis studies in these matters. In the process of establishing the link between the planned academic study and the technology roadmap topics, it should be aimed to take a holistic approach to the studies, to relate the subjects to be studied, to acquire the subjects / competencies with expert academicians and related researchers in the field.
Following issues contribute to university-industry cooperation in this respect:
• To ensure that academic study conducted by employees is followed;
• To guide the employee of the company in academic studies and to transform these activities into thesis-based research and development projects;
• To coordinate and work closely with the related departments in the company for the appointment of company representative (industrial supervisor)
• To serve as an industrial supervisor to take part in academic activities and related projects, also to provide training and guidance when necessary.
All work throughout the process (problem definition, monitoring, closure and post-closure activities) should be followed up with a specialized steering committee organized by both internal and external stakeholders. Technology management departments are indispensable players during managing the life cycle of industrial postgraduate studies.
In this study, a new model and methodology for postgraduate studies in industry has been proposed in detail in which all internal and external stakeholders actively take part during problem definition, monitoring, closure and post-closure activities.