Towards a New Generation of Engaged Universities:
The Need to Act, Adapt and Transform

16th – 18thApril, 2024 | Kempinski Central Avenue (Formerly the Address Dubai Mall), Dubai, UAE

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Panel Discussion 1

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Title: “Making Industry- University Partnerships Work: Lessons Learned from Successful Collaborations”
Chair: Prof. Yousef Al-Assaf, President, Rochester Institute of Technology-Dubai, UAE

Panel Members:
1. Dr. Abdullatif M. AlShamsi, Vice Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE
2. Ms. Sally Jeffery
, Global Education & Skills Practice Leader, PWC, UAE
3. Dr. Yehya Al-Marzouqi, Executive Director, UAE Capability Development Special Projects, Tawazun, UAE
4. Dr. Tod A. Laursen, President, Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR), UAE[/vc_column_text][vc_separator css=\”.vc_custom_1505806184565{margin-top: 0px !important;margin-bottom: 0px !important;border-top-width: 0px !important;border-bottom-width: 0px !important;padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}\”][vc_column_text]Panel Brief:

Universities and industry have been working together forever; but very often these partnerships and collaborations are of an ‘ad-hoc’ nature and lack a clear strategic vision. With the emergence of today’s global knowledge economy, the need for establishing more strategic partnerships where careful thought is given to the structure, nature and working mechanisms of such partnerships to ensure better results has become a must. University- industry partnerships need to look beyond simply employing graduates and funding small-scale research projects; they need to be able to join forces to tackle social challenges and drive economic growth. Governments on the other hand have to provide the required support to encourage more effective partnerships to be established through establishing policies’ frameworks, providing incentives, enabling universities autonomy to form such partnerships, etc.

Intended Outcomes of the Panel:

  • Highlight examples and structures of successful strategic industry- university partnerships and key lessons learned
  • Discuss the role of governments in cultivating and supporting industry- university collaborations
  • Share some of the key challenges. tensions of bridging the industry-university divide from the perspective of different stakeholders
  • Propose strategies used/adopted/employed to promote successful Industry- University partnerships

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