To commemorate BHERT’s 25 year anniversary milestone, former presidents shared their reflections on their time at BHERT and their visions of the future for university and business collaboration. Other articles looked at the natural partnership between researchers and business.
Each BHERT president has faced particular issues and challenges during his term which in-turn has had an impact on BHERT's members, for example a change in government policy, an increased focus on philanthropy, recalibration of the higher education funding model, a reduction in business R&D, workforce issues such as the decline in STEM, graduates, the relevance of manufacturing to the nation's economic future, the rise of MOOCs, the value of tertiary education as an export industry and consequently international students, and most importantly the state of collaboration between the sectors of business, industry and tertiary education.
If the mindset in universities was 'knowledge enabling new business models' rather than the 'commercialisation of IP', the economic value impact might be greater.
Dynamic changes in structures, processes, opportunities and mindsets will need to be the drivers of change. The status quo is a very inappropriate indicator of the future we need in higher education in Australia.
The management skills required to successfully operate a very small business differ so significantly, in so many respects, to those that I had acquired through my big business experience.
Rob Stewart's period as BHERT President was dominated by helping to shape the debate and discussions around the outcome of the Nelson Review into Higher Education which led to a number of significant changes in the Federal Government funding model being announced in the 2003-4 Budget.
BHERT sits in a world where Australia ranks near the bottom of the OECD in its connectivity between business and higher education. So I saw our key roles as being to promote collaboration and to present a united business/higher education front to other stakeholders where doing so was appropriate and valuable.
I have long held the view that too many employers are apathetic to the longterm benefits of well trained, well-educated and practical graduates who are trained in line with both industry specific and industry influenced curricula.
Whatever the structure of the Australian economy, it is critically important that our economy pursues 'seeds of growth' that are sustainable and globally relevant. To do so requires not only business to collaborate, but it also requires the businesses and the higher education sector to work creatively and collaboratively.
Building partnerships between universities and industry is key to sustaining Australia's economic growth in a rapidly evolving global economy. The capacity to boost our economy, grow businesses and create jobs increases when businesses and researchers work together to produce outcomes that could not be achieved on their own.
How algae researchers are working with business to transform the aquaculture industry in North Queensland. Mr Lawson and Professor de Nys highlight the PhD completions as an important outcome of the collaboration which both sides valued very highly.
Post-doctoral researcher staff must have the necessary technical support to swiftly turn around industry questions. Essentially the industry solution is driven by post-doctoral staff with strong technical support, with postgraduate students undertaking more bluesky research.
Better ways of protecting Australia's rural firefighters from their own dedication are needed, according to new research by CQUniversity. The research on the operational readiness of firefighters was a collaborative effort involving a colleague from Deakin University, peak fire agencies who were very concerned about the problem of managing first strike teams and relief crews.
CSL Bioinformatics Research Scientist, Dr Milica Ng talks about her journey from AMSI Intern PhD student to supervisor and how the program opens doors for researchers in industry.
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