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LBS Innovation Series: Universities’ engagement with industry

Australia must get better at creating meaningful collaboration between universities and business. The Federal Government flagged innovation in Australia as a major policy focus with its $1.1 billion National Science and Innovation Agenda in November 2015.

Dr Mark Cloney, Professor of Practice in Economics in the La Trobe Business School, shares his thoughts on creating meaningful collaboration between universities and business.

 

Bringing industry into the classroom

One way La Trobe Business School is working towards better engagement with industry is through hiring Professors of Practice. A concept born out of the school’s strategic decision to adopt an approach focused on bringing industry into the classroom. Professors of Practice, such as myself, are experienced practitioners in a relevant field of professional practice. We teach subjects and courses that provide a high quality and industry relevant learning experience.

Before I joined LBS, I was the Senior Executive Officer responsible for enterprises management, business planning, audit and protective security in the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water. My experience leads me to be able to develop innovative teaching programs in the economics discipline and risk management practice that enhance the student learning experience, and enhance their career-readiness.

 

Bringing research into the market

Besides bringing industry experience into the classroom, we also build relationships by organising events where academia and industry can come together. The National Innovation Forum organised by La Trobe business School, NORTH Link and Deloitte Consulting P/L is a great example of such an event. More than 90 business, local government, academic and industry group representatives from Australia and internationally discussing the question:

 

How can we create sustainable bonds between universities, business and not for profits with a view towards creating a more mature innovation culture and ecosystem?

 

The discussions on strengthening collaboration are centred on maintaining industry-university connections and relationships through regular engagement and dialogue and the use of accelerators and incubators. Thus, universities need to create open collaborative spaces and networks with industry where there is potential to commercialise ideas.

This implies that each side needs to engage far beyond the traditional exchange of research for funding model. The implication is that we need strategic partnerships that better blend the research-driven culture of the university with the innovation/data-driven environment of business.

What more can universities do?

Forum delegate discussions and feedback show that some of the key points universities could consider in enhancing their engagement with industry are:

  • Streamline the decision making processes in terms of entering into collaborative arrangements with industry i.e. make it easier and break down barriers.
  • Changing the incentive system for academics to be equally rewarded for their industry engagement/collaboration as they are for their research.
  • Focus on talking the same language as industry (i.e. business practice) rather than academic theory (shaped by the need to publish).
  • Have a clear path of entry and handling strategy for business’ seeking collaboration opportunities.
  • Hold regular events that give business an opportunity to access and learn about its research and R&D activities.
  • Facilitate more frequent industry engagement/dialogue including events such as the National Innovation Forum which begin to bridge the gaps.
  • Introduce staff industry placements/secondments.
  • Work with industry on developing work-in-learning opportunities to develop more business ready graduates.
  • Establish quicker processes for changing curriculum and subject offering in response to industry need and the changing nature of work.
  • Offer all students opportunity to learn entrepreneurial skills i.e. to nurture start-ups and innovation.

La Trobe University, and La Trobe Business School, are already very active in many of these areas (e.g. La Trobe Accelerator Program; Professors of Practice, Work Integrated Learning and Placements; Industry and Community Engagement; Research and Innovation Precinct etc.) but we can always strive to do better.

 

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This blog is part of the LBS Innovation Series, developed by Dr Mark Cloney, Professor of Practice in Economics in the La Trobe Business School. The series was developed after the successful National Innovation Forum organised by La Trobe Business School, NORTH Link and Deloitte Consulting P/L.

More blogs in the LBS Innovation Series:

Another world ranking rise for La Trobe

La Trobe University has continued to improve its world ranking, today recording its best ever result in the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

La Trobe University is now rated at 301 in the world, a leap of more than 200 places in just two years – to be Australia’s most improved university.

The record ARWU result in its 50th year places La Trobe in the top 1.4 per cent of universities globally.

The University has now cemented its position in the top 400 of all three major world university rankings. The latest QS ranking has the University at 360 in the world. The Times currently ranks La Trobe at 377.

Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said the string of pleasing results was testament to La Trobe University’s incredible research capabilities and staff expertise, combined with close connections to industry and employers.

“The numbers speak for themselves – La Trobe is well regarded as a quality institution with a focus on excellence, industry engagement, student employability and research on issues that matter,” he said.

“We have a great team spread throughout all of our campuses. We continue to attract strong interest from around the world and across the country from high-profile academics wanting to join the team and students coming here in search of the best possible preparation for a successful career.”

La Trobe has risen from 21 in Australia to 15 over the past two years.

The ARWU ranks universities with several indicators of academic or research performance, including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, papers published in Nature and Science, papers indexed in major citation indices, and the per capita academic performance of an institution.

This post was originally posted on the La Trobe University web pages.

La Trobe Business School Celebrates Recent Showcase in China

Expanding the development of entrepreneurship ecosystems, Professor Alex Maritz of The La Trobe Business School, recently provided a keynote address about enhancing entrepreneurship education in international and regional ecosystems at The Shanghai Institute of Technology (SIT). International and Chinese delegates were provided a smorgasboard of exemplar global entrepreneurship education initiatives, providing insightful and dynamic examples of developing entrepreneurship ecosystems. LTU is currently finalising an articulation agreement with SIT, enabling greater collaboration in teaching, research and engagement between LBS and SIT. Expect to see meaningful student and staff exchanges between programs and research centres between LBS and SIT.

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Additional engagement between LBS and Chinese Universities resulted in  collaboration with Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in the Shandong Province. HIT is part of the Chinese C9 League (similar to the Australian GO8), and in the Top 10 Global Technology Innovation Institutes. In affiliation with The International Conference of Organizational Innovation (ICOI), of which LTU is a partner University, discussions were held regarding the 2017 Conference at the HIT campus in Wei Hai. Celebrating this partnership, Professor Alex Maritz, and Professor Xiofei Xu, President of HIT Wei Hai, met with leaders of ICOI and The School of Economics & Management, HIT.

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“These impactful relationships and collaboration initiatives enhance LBS’s leadership and engagement with leading Universities in China, and our students and staff can look forward to meaningful education and research exchanges between these institutions”, said Professor Alex Maritz.

 

La Trobe University & Carlton Football Club join forces for a unique partnership

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La Trobe University is pleased to announce a partnership with Carlton Football Club, focusing on a range of initiatives including collaborative research, student internships, professional development, and school and community outreach programs. Professor Russell Hoye, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Development) & Director, La Trobe Sport, and Professor in La Trobe Business School, signed the paperwork with Carlton CEO Steven Trigg last week.

“This partnership is a wonderful opportunity for us to share our sporting research knowledge in a practical, ongoing way,” Professor Hoye said

To read the full announcement, please refer to official Carlton Football Club website.

Revising the IAP2 Spectrum – Why is ‘Inform’ on the spectrum at all?

On 8 September 2015, La Trobe University’s William Bill Keeton and Margaret Harvie will be hosting a talk about what constitutes true and meaningful community engagement in today’s leadership, on the La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga Campus.

Abstract

Are we really engaging when presenting public policies or projects where the community has had no initial input?
Margaret Harvie, accredited IAP2 trainer from Sydney and Bill Keeton of LaTrobe University met through a LinkedIn discussion around this topic. Margaret is coming to Albury to conduct Community Engagement training for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and both Margaret Harvie and William Keeton saw this as the perfect opportunity to bring this discussion out of cyberspace and into real life.

Speakers

La Trobe Community Engagement IAP2 Albury-Wodonga  Margaret Harvie who has been a trainer for the IAP2 International training program for eight years.  She is a Director for PlanCom Consulting Pty Ltd.  Her clients include numerous local governments, Sydney Water and Transport for NSW.  She recently assisted the Singapore Government develop a community engagement framework that is used to guide all Singapore Civil Servants. Margaret is an Associate of the Singapore Civil Service College and the University of Technology Sydney.

La Trobe Community Engagement IAP2 Albury-WodongaWilliam (Bill) Keeton is currently conducting research for a PhD in the area of community engagement through La Trobe University at the Albury-Wodonga campus. The focus and title of his thesis is: Managing Community Engagement: A Cross-Case Analysis of Water Management Organisations in Victoria, Australia. In his earlier career, Bill retired from the US Army as a Lieutenant Colonel specialising in military logistics and community engagement liaison missions. He did extensive community engagement work in his last military assignment in Iraq in 2005.

This is an informal gathering of engagement practitioners (not formally part of the regular series of events for the NE Border Community Local Network for Engagement Practitioners).

Date: 9 September 2015

Time: 10.30am – 12.00pm

Venue: Room 4211, Second Floor Building 4, LaTrobe University, Albury-Wodonga Campus, 133 McKoy St, West Wondonga.

RSVP: Please respond by 8 September to Margaret@plancom.com.au.

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