The research at BIM also includes a close cooperation with academic institutions in areas where BIM needs to build up or expand its competence.
BIM offers students from mainly the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology a possibility to perform their graduate works at the company. There are many employees at BIM who have started their career with a graduate work within the company.
CO-OPERATION WITH UNIVERSITIES
The SME:s (SME=Small and Medium size Enterprises) have an unique input of knowledge to the Swedish industry but continuously need to improve their competence level. A SME-oriented person with a research education is important for the company in new product and process development and also brings a worldwide network to knowledge partners. Therefore, BIM has instituted an ambitious Industrial PhD Programme for competence enhancement within SME companies -The Research School of the Swedish Chemical Industry (KIF).
KIF was founded in January 1999, and the initiative has been well received by all universities and politicians concerned, as well as by industrial directors. Within the research school, a number of postgraduate students with industrial ambitions are made offers to help them conduct their studies for a doctor ́s degree. The postgraduate students are employed by the company but are enrolled at the university. For room at the university, research facilities and supervising of the research project, the institution receives a yearly payment during a four-year research period. Several universities participates, and all are equal partners of the research school.
Over the years, BIM has offered to assume responsibility for 4 – 5 postgraduate engineers working on doctor ́s degrees on subjects of interest to the corporation, but also on subjects of potential interest to BIM customers within the pulp and paper industry.