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EUA underlines key to successful university-business partnerships – breakfast briefing in Brussels

16 December 2009

Last week EUA organised a breakfast briefing for Brussels-based HE and research stakeholders and policymakers to underline some of the key policy messages that have come from its recent work on university-business partnerships, in particular through the DOC-CAREERS project and the Responsible Partnering initiative.

Presenting the results of the DOC CAREERS study, Lidia Borrell Damian, EUA Senior Programme Manager, told the audience that public support for collaborative doctoral programmes between industry and universities was crucial. She also urged policymakers and all partners to work together to remove barriers hindering researcher mobility between universities and industry.

During the briefing, EUA also announced the launch of DOC-Careers II – the second phase of the project that will focus more explicitly on how universities work with their regional partners and particularly local SME’s. One important aspect of this work will be collecting case studies on university strategies for R & D human resources development, particularly in terms of recruiting and retaining doctoral candidates/holders.

Deputy Secretary General, John Smith presented the recently revised Responsible Partnering Guidelines and explained how these would serve as practical guidelines for research collaboration between industry and universities. He underlined that they would be an important first step in developing the ‘Open Innovation Charter' that has been proposed by the Commission’s high-level advisory group (ERAB), and that they would also provide valuable input to the building of the Knowledge and Innovation Communities to be supported by the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT).

Following the EUA presentations, the industry and university perspectives to these discussions were provided by Leopold Demiddeleer, Future Businesses Director, Solvay S.A. Research & Technology, Belgium and President of the European Industrial Research Management Association (EIRMA); and Prof. Karen Maex, Vice-Rector Science, Engineering and Technology, K.U.Leuven and member of EIT Governing Board.

European University Association (EUA)

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