Title The future of the university-industry relationship Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet In-part Media type Web Country/Territory United Kingdom Date 27/07/21 Description Dr Hamid Merchant, from The University of Huddersfield, provides the view from academia:
A key challenge that has arisen from the pandemic is how to teach and support university students remotely, as campuses across the world have closed to keep staff and students safe. This has had a major impact on researchers and lecturers as they have focussed on new learning and teaching strategies for students, often pushing the limits on what they can provide. Additionally, universities have had to address how their current approaches can support students as they move from college to university, often creating new strategies through digital technologies.
Overall, there has been a slowing of university research to achieve this, as staff struggle to provide teaching and support in a completely new capacity. Over the next few years, researchers will need support to focus once more on their research.
Hamid agreed that venture capital funding is essential for success in the future of university-research collaboration. If there is a lack of early funding and support for commercialisation, ideas, research and technology from universities will move immediately into open access, which makes it difficult for industry to commercialise them later on and important public interest projects might miss out on commercial motivation.
It’s important for technologies to be protected with IP early in the research process along with early investments, and as the pandemic has highlighted the importance of university-industry collaboration, hopefully, we’ll see more of this in the future. Certainly, more help and support to bridge the gap would be welcome in the future for university-industry collaboration.
Producer/Author Ruth Kirk URL https://in-part.com/blog/future-of-the-university-industry-relationship/ Persons Hamid Merchant