The Polytechnic Institute of Leiria and the company LSI Stone are now formal partners in what concerns training, talent capture and retention, but also in the promotion of internships, training actions, culture, research, mobility, internationalization and patronage.
The protocol was signed on 16th May, at the Central Services of the Polytechnic of Leiria, between the president of the Polytechnic, Rui Pedrosa, and Regina Vitório, CEO and founding partner of LSI Stone.
In terms of on-the-job training, the collaboration involves carrying out internships and final course projects, promoted by the Polytechnic, within the scope of training in Higher Technical Professional Courses, degrees and master’s degrees.
The protocol also foresees the joint promotion of seminars, workshops, cooperation in the development of short courses, post-graduate courses or others, “including in the scope of the European University” led by the institution of Leiria, reads a press release.
The creation of artistic residencies at LSI Stone premises or other spaces identified by the company and the implementation of co-creation projects are other cooperation objectives.
Regarding research, the document foresees the development of projects mainly related to sustainability, and the study of new forms of international mobility for students or teachers of the Polytechnic of Leiria and employees of the company.
In the area of internationalization, it is intended to “promote greater connectivity through networks and international consortiums” that the Polytechnic is part of. And in the patronage area, to support initiatives such as the “attribution of scholarships to the best students” and to establish a closer contact with the entrepreneurial fabric in order to promote the integration of these students in the work market, explains the Polytechnic of Leiria in the same note.
For Rui Pedrosa, cited in the statement, “the signing of this protocol is a great opportunity to connect to the sector of mineral resources and stone transformation, which is a very relevant asset of the region, whether from the point of view of employment created, added value or exports.
Regina Vitório, founding partner of LSI Stone, considers the partnership.
“Important for the sector, which is often seen on the sidelines of other industries, because natural stone is still considered a raw and dusty thing, when in reality this is no longer the case. We are already a very modernized and appealing industry, and we intend to modernize it even more. For that, we count on the Polytechnic of Leiria.”