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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, January 2021

University-Industry Engagement Advisor, January 2021The following is a list of the articles that appear in the January 2021 issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor monthly newsletter.

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 3, No. 1, January 2021

  • Planning process focuses on moderation in budget, teamwork in goal setting. While the fiscal year for many universities starts in July, the first quarter is when the planning process for the next year’s budget, as well as goals and objectives for corporate engagement, start to take shape. For corporate engagement executives, that often means taking care to stay within the fiscal guidelines established from “above,” while seeking input from key team members when establishing goals and objectives for the coming year.
  • Universities create links to industry partners with custom education offerings. Customized education programs developed in concert with industry partners are helping to meet evolving industry needs, while at the same time creating the potential for creating or expanding on other partnership areas. Two such programs, separated by an ocean and with entirely different structures, are linked nonetheless in their foundational concepts and serve as excellent examples of this approach.
  • GA Tech, Facebook partner to engage Black, Latino students in AI education. In the initial steps of a program of collaboration with U.S. universities “that serve significant populations of Black and Latino students,” Facebook has partnered with Georgia Tech to develop, co-teach, and fund graduate-level online deep learning courses. The program will be expanded in 2021 to include additional institutions.
  • Bayer helps launch Cal State STEM education program for under-represented students. The Bayer USA Foundation has invested more than $1 million to help grow the Institute for STEM Education at California State University East Bay. The institute focuses on four main areas: early STEM education; extended learning programs including afterschool and family activities; professional training for educators; and supporting students in their transitions from high school to college and then from college to career.
  • Strong university-industry partnership earns Guardian award for ‘Team Hydroflex.’ While the Guardian University Awards (Guardian is a well-known UK daily newspaper) specifically recognize ground-breaking projects from UK universities, by its very title their ‘Business Collaboration of the Year’ award is in reality bestowed upon both a university and its industry partner. The 2020 ward in this category was no exception: it recognized the efforts of both the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham, and Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited, a leading participant in the rail leasing market.

Posted January 11th, 2021