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University-Industry Engagement Advisor, June 2021


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

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University-Industry Engagement Advisor
Vol. 3, No. 6, June 2021

  • Start of “new normal’ depends on campus policies and the plans of industry partners. It’s been more than a year since universities and their industry partners virtually ceased all in-person meetings and much of their collaborative research activities in response to COVID-19. Now, with tens of millions of people vaccinated and more getting their shots every day, with many students back on campuses and communities all over the country “opening up,” are U-I partnerships “opening up” too? Will things to be “back to normal” on campus this fall?
  • Engagement office signs up ‘founding partners’ and builds deep collaborations. Several Canadian industry leaders have committed to agreements identifying themselves as “founding partners” in the wake of the University of Waterloo ’s recent creation of Gateway for Enterprises to Discover Innovation, or GEDI, its corporate engagement office.
  • Corporate sponsorship key to ‘Engineering Ambassadors’ program of K-12 outreach. Strong industry partner support, most notably by the Raytheon Technologies subsidiary Pratt & Whitney, has been one of the keys to the success of Engineering Ambassadors, a Penn State program that focuses on the development of future engineers.
  • Georgia State, State Farm give students a “LIFT” through partnership program. The consolidation of Atlanta’s Georgia State University with Georgia Perimeter College, the largest two-year institution in the state, in 2017 not only enabled the university to expand its outreach to students in the state, but it also set the stage for a significant expansion of its partnership with State Farm. That expansion focused on the creation of the LIFT (Learning, Income and Family Transformation) program, which has dramatically improved graduation rates, advancement to four-year degree programs, and many other areas of the academic and personal lives of participating students.
  • Partnerships with HBCUs growing, but industry says more can be done. Every week lately it seems there are new announcements of industry partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities. And judging from panelists’ comments during a session at UIDP Virtual 2021, industry interest in HBCU collaborations is only growing. However, the panelists added, there’s plenty more that can be done on both sides to further enhance this growth.
  • Student-focused engagement programs rely on strong communication with industry. The University of Louisville is no stranger to industry partnerships involving its students, as illustrated by several examples of projects either launched or continued in recent years.

Posted June 9th, 2021