University-industry partnerships have traditionally focused on establishing R & D programmes to develop products with commercial value. However, in the current, competitive global labour market, universities-industry partnerships are becoming increasingly important to help students gain the leadership and entrepreneurial skills needed to create innovation and generate solutions to emerging social challenges of the 21st century.
This session provides a platform to share ideas about university-industry collaborations and to identify action points that can influence Higher Education and government policy on creating new programs to equip students with the skills to lead innovation in industry as well as academia.
In the lead up to Going Global 2015, a series of short films will evaluate best practice for university-industry collaboration and the importance of collaborations for researcher development. The films will highlight major discussion points, allowing participants to consider concepts and challenges in setting up university-industry partnerships and to come to the session to share their experiences and ideas.
The session will commence with a summary film showcasing important themes and recapping key questions, which participants will then have opportunity to debate. Participants are encouraged to fully engage in this interactive session, to share insights and help formulate policy guidelines to promote future university-industry collaborations.
This session is curated by Professor Takehiko Kitamori, Professor of Applied Chemistry, University of Tokyo, Japan, as part of our 2015 guest curated session series.