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For centuries of long-established tradition, institutions of higher learning were closed communities of teachers and scholars. Nowadays, the complexity of social and technological challenges encourages the older universities to refine their developmental path beyond traditional confinement. From branding, e.g. modernized logos and seals, to internal policies adopted, and enabling infrastructures established, this tide of change towards external engagement and social impact reflects itself in [...]
While the positive impact of the people factor is undeniable on the quality and nature of university-business cooperation practices, without the long-term commitment of financial, structural, and human resources, the relationship factors are less likely to be sufficient to institutionalise UBC.
As in all other organisational partnerships, the people factor plays an immense role in establishing and maintaining successful collaboration between the universities and busin [...]
Surrounded by a river on one side and Apennine mountains on the other, the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy is widely known for its breathtaking views, byzantine mosaics, and a rich culture rooted in its ancient civilization. In addition to its natural beauty, a major development that is destined to make the region a centre of attention in the 21st century is its regional innovation ecosystem, which mobilizes universities, research and innovation centers, companies, and local governi [...]
Taking courses in programing from Apple University or interior design from IKEA College seem sensational study opportunities. However, they are hardly accessible for a wider public. Addressing this need, “FamousCompanyName” universities offer alternative educational paths to non-traditional learning communities who would like to up-skill themselves. These are not exactly HEIs in traditional sense, but more comprehensive training centers, designed by the parent companies to educate their p [...]
How to stay at the forefront of the innovative development in a competitive industrial market with modest research capabilities? This question chases many businesses executives worldwide, yet, rarely finds satisfactory answers. The Kolektor Group, based in Slovenia is one of those organisations who indeed has discovered the key to success despite limited resources. The organisation has established a perfect balance by integrating a multi-functional university-business cooperation (UBC) in its [...]
At first glance, a holistic metrics development and implementation would appear to be a logical step for improving quality and extent of university business cooperation (UBC) activities. Yet, the recent research shows more work needs to be done not only at institutional, but also at the regional, and national policy levels towards generation of comprehensive qualitative and quantitative monitoring systems, addressing both short and long term UBC results. Deve [...]
Rarely would you think about the technology behind the ‘invisible’ glasses if you ever looked through the shop windows of Hugo Boss in Madrid, Apple in Berlin, or Dior in Chicago. Alternatively, the precious objects behind the 300 transparent vitrines and showcases in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, or cold storage displays of Rewe supermarkets in Germany. It is the Latvia based company GroGlass, who develops and manufactures this technology in cooperation with universities, with its 150 em [...]
The idiom “one stone alone cannot grind corn” has perhaps never been more relevant than in these days of technological complexity and expanding societal demands for innovative products and technical problem-solving. Awareness of this complex socio-technical terrain drives the engaged approach to socio-economic development adopted by Fibrenamics at the University of Minho (U [...]
In 2002, the South Moravian Region and the statutory city of Brno introduced the Regional Innovation Strategy (RIS) with the aim to create the conditions for the development of an innovation-based economy, via investments in raising standards in education, research, and entrepreneurial activities. This step was rather intentional than being random, since the same year a major foreign direct investment (FDI) based manufacturing company pulled out from the region and relocated to Romania, leavi [...]
Labelled as “potentially the most disruptive of all the new models of finance” by Goldman Sachs, crowdfunding has now appeared on the radar of universities as well, including as a tool for generating financial support for start-up companies. How crowdfunding is adopted and integrated into campus systems does not follow one single path. In some cases, the university cooperates with a private crowdfunding platform to use their technology for delivering Read More-->
Championing the motto “Flying together, flying as one”, the Airbus Group is one of the world’s leading corporate organisations when it comes to believing in the value of collaboration with universities. The recognised leader in aeronautics and space services, Airbus has built high profile strategic partnerships with 21 universities in 11 countries across the world as part of its Airbus Read More-->
Developing relationships between universities and business brings forth the analogy of one being from Mars the other Venus, when comparing the different institutional cultures, functions, and motivations. Given that these two don’t naturally cooperate and that one of the most important facilitators of university-business cooperation are the relationships between people, supporting mechanisms are often needed for successful cooperation.
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The report entitled “Future of University-Business Cooperation: Research, Policy, Practice” released last week suggested ‘more work needs to be done’ to reach the desired advancement in the policy, practice, and research priorities identified by a diverse group of European and Australian UBC stakeholders.
The multi-method study presente [...]
Technological innovations in machinery, logistics, and global manufacturing in the 20th century have led to drastic changes in the textile industry around the world. Existing business model became irrelevant to most small firms, and entire regions faced an economic downfall because of this. With its large textile industry, the United States became one of the countries hurting the most from this disruptive change. The majority of the plants were closed, particularly in the states of [...]
Although perceived as a high barrier, there are plenty of examples around that show the lack of sufficient resources does not have to prevent you from collaborating. These low-cost UBC activities are found to take place in the form of student placements, joint curriculum design and delivery, events and networks, and seminars and workshops. In most cases the costs are reduced by integrating activities within existing mechanisms, donations granted to HEIs by local organisations, or simply by in [...]
European universities rank amongst the top in the world and host some of the best leadership, academics and students in the world. Yet, we seem to neglect to ignite their full potential and not offer them the right skills and knowledge to, together with external stakeholders, ensure their skills are used to the foster economic and social growth.
Challenged by the societal needs and steered by supranational and national policies, universities increasingly extend their engageme [...]
New Good-Practice Case Study Series Launched to Build a Better Understanding of University Business Cooperation (UBC)
Across European regions, various activities exist to promote University Business Cooperation (UBC) among universities and businesses. However, substantial variations occur between different regions, countries and institutions, in whether and how UBC is promoted and developed.
Designed to share innovative and inspiring stories of UBC, the State of [...]
Empa is not your typical research center where the innovation takes place inside the walls of high-tech laboratories. What really makes Empa special is their unique materials science and technology demonstrator platforms that allow you to live in, visualise, interact and test the outcomes of your research.
Empa – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology focuses on application oriented materials science and technology, with the goal of knowledge de [...]
How can cooperation between higher education and business provide graduates with better pathways to employment?
For today’s employers, an academic degree is no longer enough. Graduates are increasingly expected to be knowledgeable, skilled and experienced, ready for their professional career. The responsibility for this employment readiness is justifiably being placed on universities to provide them with more relevant higher education.
The State of Australian University-Business Cooperation (HEI Perspective) report is now out!
The report provides essential data for those developing university-business cooperation or entrepreneurship at universities as well as evidence-based policies in the area. Check out the report to better understand the extent of activities being undertaken between the two, the factors both inhibiting and driving collaboration and the nature of th [...]
The State of Australian University-Business Cooperation (Business Perspective) report is now out!
The report provides essential data for those developing [...]
As the son of a shop keeper growing up in the ‘coloured’ part of town who went on to start his own construction and catering companies and complete a PhD in social entrepreneurship, Dr. Paul Tai-Hing is ideally placed to talk about this rising phenomenon. Spending his childhood in the South African town Port Elizabeth and witnessing the lack of government investment that makes poverty a reality in many [...]
You may have heard the idiom that ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’? Well don’t tell the Danube University Krems, a university dedicated to the concept of lifelong learning (LLL) leading the way in facilitating LLL across the Austrian and European educational arenas, who deliver over 200 different courses to 9,000 students from 90 countries.
The drivers for LLL have become widely acknowledged in the context of demographic change towards an aging society. With in [...]
Drivers for university-business cooperation have a greater impact than barriers
Our current understanding of University Business Collaborations (UBC) is based on the role of barriers in the development of cooperation. Various authors discuss strategies and practices to manage and overcome barriers to support successful UBC. The common assumption is that once barriers are overcome, the road is paved for collaborations.
We challenge this assumption by questioning [...]
What differentiates the Simon Fraser University (SFU), from other universities in Canada and worldwide? This was exactly the question Prof. Andrew Petter asked himself and the university board when he became the university’s president in 2010. He aimed to identify and determine the future course of SFU by answering this essential question.
Seven years later, the university has metamorphosed into Canada’s ‘engaged university’, attributing the term ‘engagement’ in every core [...]
What does it take to revitalize a region after a major industry sector pulls out? Although the answer depends on the context, the region of Twente, a rural area situated in the eastern part of the Netherlands has shown how it is done. Through an entrepreneurial spirit, a strong regional network and having embedded knowledge institutions into its region it has regenerated itself.
The collapse of an industry
Following the collapse of the textile industry in the [...]
During the past decades we have witnessed numerous regions across the world grappling with the challenges to shift from old industrial economies to regional innovation driven models to sustain their economic growth, and stay competitive in a global marketplace. Despite the many strategies implemented and investments made, the efforts of regions to make the leap only rarely turned into a success. Exceptions to the rule and world-known examples such as Silicon Valley, Singapore, and Tel Aviv ha [...]
Imagine having more than 30,000 researchers working within your organisation and having a budget for annual R&D of about €6.5 Billion! Well this is context for R&D at Siemens AG, one of the world’s largest electronics companies.
Whilst most of the internal research at Siemens is focussed on more immediate needs (or the business of today) like many large multinationals, Siemens engages with universities to investigate the business of tomorrow (or the day after tomorrow!).Read More-->
For business, cooperating with universities can be a frustrating process and be a struggle to achieve their desired outcomes.
The potential to access ground-breaking new research conducted, and technologies developed by the universities can be enticing, the ability to utilise student talent, and even access the opportunity to work with the next generation entering the workforce can provide companies with an advantage over competitors.
So with these sort of benefits on offer, wha [...]
Imagine an undergraduate learning environment where there are no exams, no classrooms, no teaching or teachers and no control over what students should learn. If this model seems somewhat futuristic, this educational model already has in fact a successful 23-year history in Finland. The case of Tiimiakatemia (English: Team Academy) is among 25 good practice case studies which have been recently published as part of the 2016/17 State of [...]
The changing role of HEIs globally is challenging universities to translate their research efforts into innovation and marketable technologies. The efficiency, productivity, and success of such processes, however, largely depends on a complex number of interconnected factors. These factors include the quality and skill set of the staff, the product-market fit, and possessing sufficient financial resources to support transfer activities. However, for those institutions who manage to solve this [...]
Motivations predict behaviour and the motivations for university-business cooperation have been a much-discussed topic in practical and policy forums the world over as well as in scientific literature. The questions so often asked include ‘how can we encourage academic and business people to cooperate more’ and ‘what motivates the different stakeholders to cooperate? With often vastly differing opinions expressed.
Some important [...]
Inarguably, university-business cooperation (UBC) has emerged as one of the main tools for effective knowledge transfer across research and business sectors. The collaboration between academia and industry focuses on practice-based research and the dissemination of research results to the industry, while benefiting both partners, fostering innovation and boosting regional development.
In a practical sense though, the question arises: who is responsible for initiating university-busines [...]
There is increasingly greater recognition of the potential for higher education institutions to not only be a key driver in the innovation and human capital supply chains of business, but also to be a key driver in the advancement of their regions. As the Director of the largest international study on the topic of university-business cooperation (UBC) and university engagement, Dr. Todd Davey’s keynote for the 2017 University Industry Interaction Conference is set to reveal key results fro [...]
In development circles, ‘the big push’, made famous by Jeffrey Sachs’ The End of Poverty, advocates substantial investment through a “comprehensive package of massive aid transfers and widespread reforms that aim to tackle multiple socio-economic pathologies quickly and simultaneously” . This method has generated many critics for its inability to achieve development goals (e.g. alleviate poverty), whilst simultaneously requiring large [...]
Due to its potential for positive impact on business innovation and skills as well as university engagement and student employability, the European Commission has commissioned a wide-ranging study on cooperation between higher education institutions and public and private organisations in Europe.
Whether you have been involved in university-business cooperation or not, we request your participation to ensure its success and to be able [...]
With over 350 attendees, this European Commission’s Thematic UB Forum was one of the biggest yet. Gathering together European delegates around the topic of entrepreneurial universities, innovative businesses, strategic alliances, etc.
The forum opened by a number of inspirational speakers who have been personally involved in entrepreneurial ventures, including the US Ambassador for Austria, Alexa Wesner, and the State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy [...]
Over the past 40 years, there has been a tremendous focus on stimulating education, research and innovation in Europe. Lead by the European Commission, funding of these strategic areas have been through numerous EU Research Framework Programmes (FP1 – FP7), and through the current Horizon 2020 programme, the EU’s largest and most considerably funded research initiative to date. However, most of these funds seemingly go to a select few countries, organisations and people. Considering t [...]