University-Business Cooperation: development of a Strategic School Unit at ESTG/IPVC

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Author list: Fernandes, S., Domingues, N., Santos, J., Ferreira-Oliveira, A. T., & Silva, G.
Publication year: 2018
Start page: 99
End page: 106
Number of pages: 8
ISBN: 2183 - 1378
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Abstract

The
goal of this paper is to discuss the practical challenges found in the
operationalization of University-Business Cooperation (UBC) strategies,
based on a contextualized example of a at Escola Superior de Technologia
e Gestão (ESTG), the technologic school of Polytechnic Institut of
Viana do Castelo (IPVC). The paper describes the process of development
and implementation of a UBC unit, establishing broad range of
partnerships with public, private and voluntary sector organisations,
wich aims at fostering and strengthening the relationship between
science and organisations. This Unit emerged from an organizational
attempt to aggregate several Cooperation initiatives, including PBL
Projects taking place within diverse courses, and enhance the
possibility to create a strategic school “unit” in accordance with
international recommendations in the field of UBC. The unit intends to
consistently establish the conditions for cooperation between academia
and organizations, providing guidance and strengthening efforts in the
value chain between higher education and organizations. In general, the
unit activities aim at maintaining high levels of strategic orientation,
enhancing the development of student’s skills., whilst contributing to
social and economic development. It intends to encourage and promote
knowledge sharing and transfer, create partnerships and long-term
opportunities, developing and increasing students' creativity and
innovation, through proven methods such as active teaching-learning
methods, and therefore, increasing students’ employability. These
activities require the acquisition of knowledge associated with the
development of an entrepreneurial stance, whilst supporting and
promoting the diversification of sources of financing higher education.
Simultaneously, this approach will provide a judicious and sustained
development of the professional relationships and the work environment
within and outside the school. In this School, different courses have
established partnerships with several organisations since a long time,
creating the necessary conditions for project-based learning approaches,
and for the development of students’ employability skills. However,
these initiatives were carried out by teachers and courses, on a
voluntary and independent basis. This paper presents the development
process and organization of a UBC unit and describes the different hubs
that are being proposed. Critical factors to take into consideration for
the success and improvement of UBC initiatives will be discussed and
pointed out, in the light of the existing literature in this field.


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