Celebrating Australian Industry-University Collaboration
Read about the winning projects on the Campus Morning Mail website
The peak body for Australian universities, Universities Australia, on March 1 released their paper: “Clever Collaborations”:
The UA research identified that around 16,000 Australian businesses have formal partnerships with a university; these collaborations are contributing $19.4 billion, a year to Australia’s income, and has created an estimated extra 30,000 full-time Australian jobs. UA – supported by BHERT – is calling for a concerted effort to increase collaboration participation by 50%, around 24,000 businesses.
A recent survey reported that over 60% of organisations had been breached in 2015. This suggests that all organisations, no matter their size need to have a cyber incident response plan in place. In this issue of The BHERT News we invited experts in the field of cybersecurity to offer their knowledge on how you can shape your organisation's actions to the ever-changing digital landscape.
BHERT promotes and facilitates:
BHERT adds value through its unique membership, its engagement on policy issues with government and its commitment to better business/education outcomes through collaboration.
Campus Morning Mail's Stephen Matchett has included BHERT's CEO, Peter Binks, on his list of Achievers of the Year. Stephen Matchett writes, "Every galah in the policy pet shop (to paraphrase some bloke called Keating) talks about the need for universities and industry to engage – Binks does something about it daily. Taking over as head of the Business Higher Education Roundtable in February Dr Binks is keen on expanding BHERT into new fields, such as artificial intelligence, health and medicine to match its existing work with established industries including agriculture, minerals and energy. He is well-placed to do it. Binks has a PhD in astro-physics and a long career in research roles for major companies".
An interview with Ken Boal, Vice-President of Cisco Systems and Immediate Past-President of BHERT, was featured by Campus Morning Mail on November 9. Mr Boal praised the increasing collaboration between universities and companies, and urged that the next step was to “adjust incentive programs, recognitions and promotions such that industry engagement is valued”. He noted the large number of collaborations, and detailed the benefits in terms of investment, new companies, and intellectual property.
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel AO, in making the keynote address at the AFR Innovation Summit in Sydney on 19 September, referred to work undertaken by BHERT, IP Australia, ATSE, and the Department of Industry, to demonstrate that Australia’s industry-university collaboration is much better than previous numbers indicate.
BHERT's CEO Dr Peter Binks discussed effective collaborative partnerships in Australia in an article for The Weekly Times (19th July) entitled "Universities and companies gain from working together". He highlighted the effectiveness of university accelerator or incubator programs in helping to develop small businesses. Dr Binks reiterated BHERT's mission to celebrate excellence in collaboration where recognition is not always forthcoming.
The full article can be read here.
New BHERT Member, APR.Intern, is playing a critical role in bringing 21st-century skills into Australian industry.
Australian Postgraduate Research (APR) Intern has partnered with the Australian Government to deliver a $28.2m internship program, aimed at increasing university and industry collaborations through the placement of 1,400 PhDs into three to five-month industry internships by 2020.
A new government rebate of 50 per cent on the cost of an internship will aim to create and cement ongoing industry and university research opportunities. Businesses gain access to affordable expertise through the PhD and academic mentor team, while the students gain invaluable experience in an industry setting.
These placements will prioritise domestic students, with a focus on equity and engaging women in STEM as well as regional, indigenous and the disadvantaged. The APR.Intern program caters for PhDs of all disciplines and links with all industry sectors.
A not-for-profit program, APR.Intern (formerly AMSI Intern) has been working at the nexus between industry and universities since 2007, connecting PhD students and their academic mentors with businesses through short-term, tightly focused research projects.
To understand more, read about APR.Intern’s success stories - http://aprintern.org.au/success-stories/
BHERT reviewed the Innovation and Science Australia report “Prosperity Through Innovation 2030” provided to the Government in November, and released publicly in late January.
BHERT’s view is that the ISA proposal to Government is a step forward for innovation in Australia. ISA began from the position that the innovation challenge for Australia lies in the translation of discovery into economic and social benefit.
BHERT Summary February 2018
In the last Quarter of 2017 the Australian Innovation System Report 2017 was released by the Office of the Chief Economist in the Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science. The Report quantifies the contribution of high-growth firms to the Australian economy and assesses the role of innovation in their growth, and trends in the incidence and attributes of high-growth firms. It also explores the policy considerations related to high-growth firms, and looks more broadly at potential areas for improvement in the general business environment.
In June 2017, the Department of Industry, Innovation, and Science released their annual National Survey of Research Commercialisation (NSRC), displaying data from 2013–2015. This results from surveys of publicly-funded Australian institutions, including 38 Universities. The analysis revealed a wealth of activity: over 13,000 research contracts, consultancies and collaborations conducted by Australian Universities in 2015, up from 10,000 in 2013. Universities support 74% of the collaboration
activities identified, and the invested value of the collaborations was A$1.2 billion in 2015.
Driving collaboration across business, industry and tertiary education.
Copyright © 2001-
Business/Higher Education Round Table (BHERT). All right reserved. ABN 80 050 207 942.
Website by Hope Stewart—Website Design & Management