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Making university-industry collaborations work
University-industry collaborations are vital to address the needs of national economic development. According to the research carried out by Science Business Innovation Board AISBL, a Belgian not-for-profit scientific association, these collaborations need to move from specific projects to strategic relationships. But how do you make a shift from project focused to strategic focus?
Here are nine key learning points suggested in the report to help institutions achieve this shift:
1. University leadership is vital.
2. Built-in flexibility works best in long-term strategic partnership.
3. Develop the strategy based on a shared vision.
4. Choose leaders who cross cultural boundaries between academia and industry.
5. Facilitate dialogue and cross-fertilisation of ideas.
6. Do not get too focused on intellectual property.
7. Promote a multi-disciplinary approach to research and learning.
8. Don’t focus on metrics as an outcome of a successful partnership.
9. Redefine the role of the research university as a source of competence and problem-solving for society.
Click here to download the full report which includes case studies on successful collaborations.
This article is extracted from GlobalAcademyJobs.com published on 17 March 2016.
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