Today in academia and business, the benefits of long-term cooperation between universities and companies are often cited. To describe this aspect of corporate operations, the term University Relations was recently coined.
Similar to how the fields of Public Relations and Government Relations involve a company’s relationships with society and regulators, respectively, University Relations describes a company’s partnerships with universities. Usually, University Relations are advanced through educational projects and corporate programs aimed at bridging the worlds of education and business. Such joint projects between educational institutions and local employers help companies hire promising candidates who are eager to find work after graduation.
For a company, it is more effective to focus talent acquisition programs on universities, where young people are keen to learn more about starting their careers. It is faster and more cost-efficient – by even as much as 20% – to identify and train future employees from universities.
The AsstrA international corporate group works closely with universities to train logistics professionals. For more than 10 years, the company has helped students, interns, and trainees advance their careers. Since 2015, the company's Brest office has been cooperating with Brest State Technical University.
“BSTU’s Department of Economic Theory and Logistics regularly invites me to sit on or chair review boards for dissertations and state licensing exams. As a rule, I already know the students whose work I am reviewing, as they have already been a trainees or interns in our Brest office. We are happy to offer distinguished graduates internships or full-time roles,” says Sergej Omeljanjuk, Regional Director for CIS Countries.
AsstrA and its HR team are looking for bright young people with innovative perspectives and ideas. Knowledge of IT basics, an intermediate or greater knowledge of English or other foreign languages, and formal education logistics are welcome. Over the past 3 years, 6 team members have joined AsstrA from Brest State Technical University this way. Today they are all full-fledged freight forwarders. To find out more about internships at AsstrA, please click here.
"Since 2015, we have been welcoming students to the company to learn more about logistics and complete undergraduate internships. For second-year students, two-week internships cover the basics of logistics and provide a chance to get to know the company from the inside. Third-year students are invited to summer-long internships in which they try their hand at being a freight-forwarder. Fourth-year students, depending on their results in previous years, may be offered paid internships,” shares Igor Maslovskij, AsstrA Brest Branch Manager. Today we have four interns with us, each one with a specially assigned mentor. To be offered a full-time role, an intern needs to meet certain KPIs and demonstrate competence as a team player,” adds Igor Maslovskij.
In 2021, in cooperation with the Department of Economic Theory and Logistics at BSTU, AsstrA is launching a contest for the best project within a program called "IT and Logistics. Digitalization of Logistics" for students in their second, third, and fourth years. The winner will receive a valuable prize, and the top three performers will be offered hands-on undergraduate internships with excellent prospects for further employment at AsstrA. Read more at https://www.bstu.by/.