The knowledge as to how businesses are created and run, puts InnoEnergy Master´s School students one step ahead of those classically educated, making them more attractive in the job market.
Jaroslaw Zuwała, Research and Development Director, Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal, Master's in Energy Transition
Jaroslaw Zuwała, Research and Development Director, Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal
Name of Programme:
Master's in Energy Transition
AGH: University of Science and Technology
The Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal is a partner of the MSc Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuels Energy programme. Their director of R&D, Jarosław Zuwała, is an active AGH University of Science and Technology academic teacher who works as a mentor, MSc thesis supervisor and reviewer. He shares how InnoEnergy students are easily one step ahead of the competition:
Can you briefly describe what your company is doing?
The Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal is a research institute supervised by the Polish Ministry of Energy. The Institute takes part in many R&D and know-how implementation projects, cooperating with more than 50 national/international scientific and R&D institutions. The Institute is basically focused on the thermal processing of various solid fuels by means of gasification, pyrolysis and combustion. Apart from regular R&D activities, we cooperate very closely with the commercial clients who are SMEs, as well as large energy and fuel sector companies.
What type of people is your company looking for?
Our goal is to hire people who will be a part of innovation chain. The seeking of new ways for meeting market demand is yielding the highest return on investment – much more than incrementally improving a company’s existing lines. An interesting Report of Future Work Skills 2020 outlines the following statement: “The educational institutions… are largely the products of technology infrastructure and social circumstances of the past. The landscape has changed and educational institutions should consider how to adapt quickly in response… placing additional emphasis on developing skills such as critical thinking, insight, and analysis capabilities, including experiential learning that gives prominence to soft skills—such as the ability to collaborate, work in groups, read social cues, and respond adaptively…”. Along with a solid technological background in chemical and energy engineering, this report explains the very essence of what we seek in our future employees – and exactly what the InnoEnergy programme provides!
How is your company involved with InnoEnergy’s Master programmes and its students?
Traditional teaching methods should be gradually replaced by case study teaching methods. I am personally involved in case study teaching development for engineering education. Together with my colleagues, Krzysztof Pikoń from Silesian University of Science and Technology and Karol Sztekler from AGH University of Science and Technology, I was proud to develop the pioneer guidelines framed in the report “Case studies implementation in InnoEnergy Master Courses” in 2014. I have also developed a business case which ran during my “Clean Fossil and Alternative Fuels Energy” course at AGH UST in 2016, and my Institute is involved in summer trainings for InnoEnergy students. For 1-2 months they take an active part in R&D projects financed from government, EU, or direct customer projects.
What benefits do you believe an InnoEnergy Master’s degree gives the students?
The knowledge as to how businesses are created and run, puts them one step ahead of “classically” educated students – making them more attractive in the job market. They are
more open-minded to new cultures and professional challenges, while the international mobility gives multi-national perspectives and is a great asset when applying for international organisations. They have the opportunity to develop multiple language skills and a large network of valuable contacts with high-level industry representatives. The combination of an engineering education with business and entrepreneurship skills gives them a better understanding of the final consumer needs, so they are able to prepare better products/offers for them – thus creating higher revenues. Technical knowledge is great, but in the end, you need to turn that into viable businesses ideas. This know-how is their biggest asset.