GOODUEP-Best practices in University-Industry Partnership
In an economy increasingly based on knowledge ,the university plays a key role in the production of knowledge, skills, innovation and human resources. All elements which are critical to increase the international competitiveness of Europe. To address the challenges that the present situation implies, Universities need a modern approach to the transmission of these elements and improving the quality of partnerships between universities and enterprises can be a major strategy to this aim.
The range of possible collaborations between universities and industry is extensive and includes diverse types of businesses, universities of different orientation, as well as very different structures and contractual forms of cooperation. The very complex structure and the potential impact of these collaborations, involving interests of different partners, makes it crucial for the successful the choices of governance of the partnerships.
A recently concluded European project, the project GOODUEP – University-Enterprise Good Practices (research groups that participated in the project come from six different countries: Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom and Spain) has been addressed to support European universities in the development of these partnerships. In particular choices and forms of good practices in partnership, including governance, have been presented. Among the others, those which have proved effective, efficient and consistent with the development of knowledge-based economy. The research project GOODUEP included: (i) a mapping of the different types of partnerships that currently exist in European universities, (ii) country reports on national science policy, funding and the most advanced forms of collaboration in each of the countries participating in the GOODUEP; (iiii) the development of an analytical framework for studying the governance of partnerships, (IV) a closer examination of the structures and governance practices of a sample of selected cases, (v) the identification of good practices of governance of partnerships, (vi) the submission of suggestions and recommendations to European universities, businesses and other professionals responsible for higher education and economic development.
The project was aimed to identify good governance practices in collaborations between universities and businesses and highlighted which among the means of managing these collaborations are transferable to countries other than those participating in the project. The development of an analytical framework, the choice of a set of indicators and the identification of best practices of governance in partnerships was accompanied by several actions of dissemination of research results, including international conferences. All these means have sought to highlight the potential of partnerships between universities and enterprises in the European economy and, at the same time, to offer useful practical information and tools to those in academia, industry, and even governments, who design, structure and manage such partnerships.