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A new collaboration agenda

Universities, entrepreneurs and business working together for innovation and sustainable prosperity in the digital economy

A new collaboration agendaThis round table was held on 11 November 2016 as a follow-up to the 2016 Presidents' Conversation.

Professor Ian Jacobs, President and Vice-Chancellor of the UNSW hosted the round table on November 11, 8.30am – 2pm.University vice-chancellors and business leaders explored the best way to tell a better story about how collaboration between universities and business can grow the quality, value and impact of Australia's innovation ecosystem leading to prosperity, sustainability and inclusion.

Universities have always been a big part of this search for growth, sustainability and inclusion. That has often involved great partnerships with businesses, innovators and entrepreneurs to unlock ideas and inventions and turn them into powerful contributors to our social and economic development.

Collaboration doesn't always happen smoothly and it doesn't always work as well as it should. We know sometimes there are obstacles, real or imagined, that hijack good intentions, slow things down and generate impatience and frustration on all sides. However real change is underway in the way Australia is now connecting ideas, innovators and investors in our universities, our business community and increasingly in our start-up and innovation communities. We need to build on that momentum, take it even further and, in the process, give Australia a better story to tell.

The round table reviewed the current state of university-business collaboration, presented some great stories about where that collaboration is working well and took a realistic look at some aspects of the collaboration story that needed development. Importantly, this group of Australian leaders identified some of the key messages and strategies to improve the way university-business collaboration is understood and supported in Australia.

Download the agenda and attendee list here.

See Kevin Cullen's slides here.

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