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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, July 2019

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, July 2019The following is a list of the articles that appear in the July 2019 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter. 

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 1, No. 7, July 2019

  • Talent pipelines become critical to industry engagement in low-unemployment era. The desire of universities to educate and train their students to make them more marketable to industry, and industry’s need to find many of their future employees on college campuses, has always been a natural component of U-I collaboration. But the recent dramatic drop in unemployment has added a new element to such collaborations — an almost desperate search on the part of industry and a heightened look by academia at creating new programs to meet industry’s urgent talent needs.
  • Collaboration canvas tool used to guide mid-term review with industry partners. The SIRIUS Centre for Scalable Data Access in the Oil and Gas Domain, a collaborative research organization funded by the Research Council of Norway and hosted by the University of Oslo, recently used a “hybrid” version of a collaboration canvas process designed for either university or industry use so that it could be implemented in single sessions together with industry partners.
  • U of South Carolina’s new approach yields big results in corporate engagement. When the University of South Carolina transformed its approach to collaboration with industry in 2013 with the formation of its Office of Economic Engagement, perhaps few could have predicted how significant the impact would be.
  • Smart city initiatives offer new avenue for industry collaboration. The need for urban areas to efficiently manage Internet of Things (IoT) assets, to become “smart cities,” is a space that has become increasingly attractive to political leaders. Recognizing that they do not have the necessary expertise in-house to take such challenges on themselves, they are frequently turning to universities (for knowledge and research) and industry (for research and bandwidth) as partners in these initiatives.
  • U of Maine partners with national lab in bid to boost state lumber industry. Universities, especially land grant institutions, place a high value on research that has a positive economic development impact. That importance is magnified when a key local industry is facing serious challenges — like the lumber industry in Maine.
  • To add value locally, learn to work with economic development groups. Imagine this. You are in charge of industry engagement for your university, and an economic developer is trying to convince a company to relocate to your community. The company wants your engineering school to custom train their staff. Moreover, they want to redesign the curriculum so that the school’s graduates would make good hires for their company. Or suppose, as happened in southeastern Ohio, that a major employer shuts down and hundreds of people lose their jobs.

Posted July 11th, 2019