Themes

Conference subthemes

The subthemes include but are not limited to the following:



The future of higher education: Developing more engaged and entrepreneurial universities

  • Cultural change: The transition towards a new generation of universities
  • Embedding engagement, education and research to develop more purpose-driven universities
  • University management and leadership: Building blocks and initiatives
  • Becoming a more engaged and entrepreneurial organisation


University-Industry Partnerships: A holistic perspective

  • How to develop and nurture strategic partnerships between university and industry
  • Embedding external engagement into the strategies and activities of university and industry
  • Models and methods to strengthen the external engagement potential of universities and industry


Regional engagement: Driving local and regional growth through creating an innovation ecosystem

  • Establishing and nurturing relationships with small and medium sized enterprises
  • Science, research and innovation parks as hosts to SMEs and places for university-industry interaction
  • Smart specialization: Building an innovation driven-economy


Knowledge transfer and engagement professionals: Recognizing the importance of human capital

  • Professional training and career perspectives: Recognition for professional staff
  • Recognition and incentives: Linking university-industry activities with metrics
  • Transitioning or translating: The role of the knowledge transfer officer

Structures and mechanisms supporting university-industry interaction

  • The role of boundary spanning entities within and outside the university
  • Managing and measuring successful university-industry interaction
  • Digital tools and platforms supporting and facilitating university-industry relationships


Entrepreneurship and the university: The university as a launching pad for innovation

  • The management and support of IP, research commercialization and spin-offs
  • The role of incubators and entrepreneurship centers in driving student start-ups and scale-ups
  • Innovation opportunities through the design of space-driven intersections and meeting places


Educating future and current talent: Supporting students and lifelong learners in preparing for the future

  • Designing and delivering curricula for the skills of tomorrow
  • Stimulating and evaluating entrepreneurial mindsets, attitudes and creativity
  • Supporting entrepreneurial thinking and acting: Recognize talent and drive growth

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