The creative industries are recognised globally as a major catalyst for leading edge design and innovation, driving growth and investment. While the commercial benefits are potentially enormous, only by bridging the gap between future industry demands and education provision, will the true capacity of the creative industries be realised.
As nations recognise the need to broaden their economies in order to compete globally, the creative industries have been identified as a significant area for development. But to what extent does this impact upon connecting people and ideas and cultures? How can the flow and exchange of ideas and talent generate a creative force capable of turning technology into innovation? How can research co-operation be encouraged to produce intellectual property that can be translated into products and services that people desire? Where are the new prospects for multilateral collaboration, in transforming challenges into opportunities within knowledge economies? If the creative industries are to live up to their potential, the education sector must lead and shape itself to create new, enduring curricula that merge science and technology, art and business, and indeed, span across disciplines and knowledge within and beyond the university.
This world café session will draw upon eight examples from distinguished speakers on collaboration between universities and industry, universities and creative sector bodies, research programmes and the internationalisation of higher and vocational education, looking at how the creative curricula may be enhanced through such collaborations.