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

Panel Discussion 3

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Title: “The Relation between Research & Innovation and Industry: Creating Impact”
Chair: Prof. Ghassan Aouad, President, Applied Science University, Bahrain

Panel Members:
1. Prof. Amr Adly, Vice-President for Graduate Studies and Research, Cairo University, Egypt
2. Prof. Barry Winn
, Vice-Chancellor, Sohar University, Oman
3. Prof. Hossam Hamdy,
Chancellor, Gulf Medical University, Ajman, UAE
4. Dr. Malak Al-Nory
, Provost, Effat University, KSA[/vc_column_text][vc_separator css=\”.vc_custom_1505806388267{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:

Partnering between university and industry is perceived nowadays as a key enabler for innovative sustainable economic growth; where academic-industry partnerships are becoming increasingly robust and collaborative as a result of growing economic volatility, high competition and a rapidly evolving technological landscape that has changed the way in which we work, communicate and create and exchange knowledge. Such partnerships has become even more significant with the decline of public funding to support university research and the pressure private sector is facing to innovate and do more with less.
In many regions and countries academic institutions and private industry share a rich history of collaboration where industry is encouraged to become part of consortia for the Research projects within different schemes; research councils are established at national levels to encourage academic-industry partnerships through a number of different funding routs and incubating centers are established to help new startups.

Intended Outcomes of the Panel:

  • Debate the new role of universities in today’s knowledge based economy and highlight what universities in the region should be doing to adapt to this new role
  • Highlight conditions for successful industry- academia research partnerships and how can institutions establish an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Share success stories/ models for effective university-industry research partnerships
  • Discuss the role of governments in cultivating and supporting industry- university research collaborations
  • Propose strategic incentives and action plans to support research and knowledge development within the region

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