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University-Business Cooperation & Entrepreneurship Open-Forum

Expert Forum and Discussion
January 7, 2013

The University-Business Cooperation & Entrepreneurship Open-Forum run by the Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre team from the Münster University of Applied Sciences will shine a spotlight on the topic of University-Business Cooperation (UBC) and entrepreneurship. Forum attendees will hear from and discuss relevant issues in cooperation between universities and business including entrepreneurship, collaborative research, commercialisation of research and development (IP) results, collaborative curriculum development, mobility and lifelong learning.

Increasing importance of UBC and entrepreneurship

With the creation of the Europe 2020, the European Union's (EU) growth strategy for the coming decade, and the higher education modernisation agenda, Europe is embracing the need to create a more connected and functioning relationship between Government, business and universities in order to increase employment, productivity and social cohesion. Whether it is cooperation between university and business or entrepreneurship, both topics are increasingly recognised for its central role in creating jobs and growth within an economy as well as an essential driver of knowledge-based economies and societies. By bringing together universities and business in a coordinated and complementary symbiosis with government and businesses, it is said that a 'knowledge economy' can be cultivated and thus, regional economic development fostered. The topics of UBC and entrepreneurship provide more direct benefits to the involved stakeholders:

  • For universities - they have had their roles focussed to a greater extent on the need to contribute to society in a more meaningful way through knowledge and technology creation, transfer and exchange. By engaging with business, universities can access third-party funds and increase the relevant of their teaching and research.
  • For businesses - 'innovation and new product creation', 'employee development' and 'entrepreneurial thinking' are seen progressively as a company's most important driver to gain and maintain sustainable competitive advantages in the new knowledge economy.

Forum objective

The objectives of the forum were:
  • To offer best practise in UBC and entrepreneurship
  • To learn from some excellent cases in UBC and entrepreneurship
  • To discover ways in which universities and business can better cooperate
  • To explore how relationships between university and business commence and develop
  • To provide a focus for activities that can support university and business cooperation
  • To provide a forum for the discussion of UBC from multiple perspectives


For more information, please contact:

Prof. Dr. Todd Davey
Director for International Projects

+49 (0) 251 83-65596

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