Companies that want to be involved in the ZoARG | ReDUCE initiative can do this in multiple ways. One is by adopting/sponsoring a PDEng trajectory. By doing that, one becomes partner of the ZoARG | ReDUCE initiative. ZoARG | ReDUCE partners that join the initiative are asked to propose a design assignment that they deem relevant for a PDEng student to be working on for two years. The University of Twente will look for and select candidates, and propose them to the partners. Partners can also propose candidates themselves. Any company and any organization that wants to have a high-quality, innovative improvement designed to prevent construction damage is eligible as a ReDUCE partner.
How does a ReDUCE contribute to preventing excavation damages?
The ReDUCE partner is the party that presents an issue. It must be possible to translate this issue into a design assignment for a PDEng trainee and focus on the careful construction and/or reduction of excavation damage. The suitability and relevance of the proposed subject are assessed by the University of Twente and Reggefiber. If necessary or desired, the design assignment will be made suitable in consultation. As soon as this is clear, further coordination will be sought on the precise details of the process.
The ReDUCE partner is committed to preventing excavation damage by having the PDEng trainee participate in the organization as a regular employee during the 2-year designer course. This allows the trainee to get to grips with the issue and find out exactly which solution is needed.
A current overview of ZoARG partners can be found at the bottom of this page.
What can a ReDUCE partner expect?
When the ReDUCE partner has submitted a problem and a suitable trainee has been selected, he or she will tackle the problem, with support from the university. During this process, which has a duration of 2 years, the trainee will be busy with the project at the company for 50% of the time. The trainee uses the remaining time to follow relevant education and for self-development. Thes courses are tailored to the subject of the design project and will therefore help the trainee in designing the solution.
A ReDUCE partner …
Gets help with refining the design/innovation assignment;
Invests 32.500 euro, a parttime workplace (and possible additional travel/accomodation costs);
Helps determine the selection of the candidate
Will recieve a PDEng candidate who works on a design assignment defined by the ReDUCE partner for two years;
Gets the opportunity to take part in ReDUCE gatherings and workshops in which PDEng candidates report about their progress and gained insights;
Gets in touch and connects with other ReDUCE partners;
By co-supervision influences the elaboration of the design; especially to increase applicability in your own organization;
Can profile itself as a ZoARG partner
gains access to employees, the knowledge, resources and contacts of the university.
Explanation of the costs and the form of financing:
Uitleg over de kosten en de financieringsvorm:
Regular PDEng programs cost 65.000 euros. This amount is contributed by the company or institution where (for which) the candidate carries out his assignment. The candidate is employed by the UT. The 65.000 euros is largely intended to cover salary costs. The other costs of the UT (such as supervision, accommodation, facilities, etc.) are covered afterwards through reimbursement paid by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science per successful PDEng. Note: It may be that the professional doctoral candidate is already employed by the client, or that the client wants to hire the candidate directly (for HR reasons). In such a case, where the candidate is not employed by the UT, the process costs 30.000 euros for the client.
For a ReDUCE partner, the following is in store:
A problem with regard to excavation damage is being addressed within your organization;
For this problem a qualitative, innovative solution is designed;
The problem is tackled by a university-trained PDEng candidate;
The program has a lead time of 2 years;
During this time, the candidate works within your organisation for 50% of the time;
The candidate is professionally supervised by the University of Twente;
The costs for your organisation are €32.500. The rest of the needed €32.500 is made available from the stimulation fund.