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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, February 2021

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

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 3, No. 2, February 2021

  • Transactional to strategic: When is the time right to make the transition? Corporate engagement conversations these days are rife with terms like “holistic engagement,” and “strategic partnerships.” Long-term partnerships involving deep engagement with industry partners in multiple areas of collaboration are greatly desired, but as the ancient Chinese proverb says, “The longest journey begins with a single step.” So, how does a relationship grow from that first step into something more? How does the university know when the time to make such a move is right, and how do they approach their industry partner?
  • UGA launches Student Industry Fellows Program to enhance talent pipeline. The University of Georgia has just launched its Student Industry Fellows Program (SIFP), an initiative designed to “cultivate innovation competencies” among undergrads and graduate students, enhance the school’s talent pipeline and workforce readiness, and generate partnerships with industry.
  • Virtual Penn State event generates positive response from industry. The four-year-old industryXchange event, hosted by the Penn State College of Engineering, went “virtual” for the first time this year and didn’t skip a beat; attendance was up, and it generated requests from several industry representatives to contact faculty.
  • Experienced partners form new logistics innovation hub. “There’s no substitute for experience,” goes the old adage, and if that holds true the future is bright for the planned logistics innovation hub in the port city of Savannah, GA.
  • Student-industry collaboration leads to solution to improve truck driver safety. Collaborations between university students and industry can be gratifying in many ways, from the enhancement of students’ skillsets, which can yield careers for them and valuable employees for the company, to the creation or enhancement of a close relationship between the university and its industry partner. But a significant value added is created when the research results in a prototype that will meet the needs of the industry partner, and perhaps the industry in general.
  • U Miami business school partners with company on FinTech boot camp. Joining a growing list of university-industry partnerships focusing on FinTech, the Miami Herbert Business School and 2U, Inc., an education technology leader, have collaborated on a 24-week, part-time, online boot camp that begins this month.

Posted February 9th, 2021