Oman forges ties between academic and business worlds

Institutes of higher learning in Oman are cooperating more closely with local businesses, as the Sultanate looks to boost employment opportunities for nationals in the private and public sectors.

A number of committees and advisory bodies have been set up given the task of creating avenues of exchange between the two spheres, and include representatives of both academia and the commercial world.

“Educational institutions are in continuous dialogue with industry,” Mona Fahad Al Said, assistant vice chancellor for external co-operation at the Sultan Qaboos University told OBG. “A joint committee is working to address how the university can supply industry with the … Continue Reading

Panel to discuss forging university-business ties to promote future of space

How do academic and commercial stakeholders join forces to promote space science and exploration in the immediate future and decades to come? An expert panel of astronauts, scientists, commercial spaceflight entrepreneurs and Arizona State University researchers will tackle this topic at a free-to-attend session from 6:30-7:30 p.m., April 1, at Space Tech Expo 2014 in Long Beach, Calif.

To date, collaboration among academics and business owners has been limited, said Jim Bell, professor and director of ASU’s NewSpace Initiative, a new university-wide space technology and science program. But he added that such a partnership could open up new and innovative opportunities … Continue Reading

‘Small Apple’ plan launched to boost ICT industry

TAIPEI, Taiwan — With the participation of the country’s academia and businesses, the Cabinet’s National Science Council (國科會, NSC) is launching a grand project to enhance the competitiveness of Taiwan’s information and communication technology (ICT) industry.

The new project is termed “Small Apple Cultivation Plan,” signifying small mobile devices that will be tailor-made to address niche demand, as opposed to Apple products such as iPhones and iPads, which provide a full range of functionalities. While a number of functionalities are offered on iPhones or iPads, not all of them may not be useful to the average person, said NSC Minister Cyrus … Continue Reading

Microsoft launches ‘Academic Accelerator’

Software giant,  Microsoft, on Thursday launched ‘Microsoft Academic Accelerator’, a new programme aimed at building a long-term association between industry and academia in India.

“With the vast and growing pool of engineering graduates (over 500, 000 per year) in India, it is imperative to invest in skill-building and high-tech jobs. We saw an opportunity that is there between the academia and the industry to be bridged,” Vinod Anantharaman, head (business development), Microsoft India (R&D), told mediapersons in Hyderabad.

It is initially collaborating with 10 Indian engineering colleges for the programme. The programme currently has two main components — a … Continue Reading

Alabama startup company recieves $150,000 NSF grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded $150,000 to a University of Alabama startup company that is working to make a more effective and longer-lasting catalyst to be used in chemical reactions.

Martin Bakker, a UA associate professor of chemistry, co-founded ThruPore Technologies with Franchessa Sayler, who earned her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University this past May.

The idea originally formed when Sayler began analyzing existing catalysts for a colleague at the University. The catalysts proved to function quite poorly in her tests, and she saw the opportunity to begin producing a more effective carbon catalyst sheet to be introduced into … Continue Reading

Taking European expertise in computing to market

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Turning research results into viable technologies, products and services is central to the EU’s objective of encouraging sustainable growth and jobs across Europe. In the computer systems sector alone, there is huge potential for taking new ideas to market. But how can the academic world join the commercial world?

One answer is through partnering academics with business expertise. TETRACOM (Technology Transfer in Computing Systems) is a coordination action funded by the Commission under FP7, and its objective is to coordinate and support technology transfers from academia to industry.

Technology Transfer describes the process of transferring … Continue Reading

Unique industry-academia networks in industrial biotechnology and bioenergy launched

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) has funded 13 unique collaborative ‘Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy’ (BBSRC NIBB) to boost interaction between the academic research base and industry, promoting the translation of research into benefits for the UK.


The networks pool skills from academia and business to develop research projects with the potential to overcome major challenges in the industrial biotechnology and bioenergy arena. They also allow new members to come on board with skills that can benefit the group.

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said: “To get ahead in the global race we need to turn our … Continue Reading

Canada: Harper Government and IBM Partner to Support Opportunities for Innovation

Academic research and industry were strengthened today thanks to federal funding for the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA) announced by Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament for North Vancouver, on behalf of the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification.

Innovation is an important engine of economic growth and job creation; here in British Columbia we re fortunate to have cutting-edge research labs and groundbreaking entrepreneurs, said Parliamentary Secretary Saxton. By partnering with industry and academic institutions, our Government is working to bridge the gap between academia, training and industry and to ensure the continued success … Continue Reading

Trinity College Dublin to establish ‘creative quarter’ for entrepreneurship

Trinity College Dublin has unveiled a new strategy for innovation and entrepreneurship that will see more than 160 start-up companies emerge from the university before the end of 2016.

The strategy will also kick-start a €70 million building programme that will result in a new creative quarter, encompassing Pearse Street and the Grand Canal Basin in Dublin.

Launched by Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton yesterday, the strategy targets new company creation through spin-outs, spin-ins, and support for student and graduate enterprises.

By the end of next year, Trinity aims to have supported the creation of 48 start-up companies, with that figure … Continue Reading

IGEL: Sustainability, Business and Academia

Sustainability has been a buzzword in corporate circles for more than a decade now. When sustainability first crept into public consciousness, it was considered an issue of low salience. As the direct impact of business operations on the environment has become more evident, sustainability has acquired a starring role in corporate development. Today, it is no longer seen as a solely socio-environmental responsibility, but an integral element of business advancement. With this in mind, the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) was established at Wharton in 2007 to act as an integrating force between sustainable practices, corporations and academic research. … Continue Reading

IBM Launches Talent Assessment to Help Aspiring Data Crunchers and Academia Gauge and Enhance Skills


WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — IBM IBM -0.98% today unveiled the IBM Analytics Talent Assessment, a first-of-its-kind online platform that provides university students with data-driven insights that aim to help narrow the Big Data and Analytics skills gap and foster talent for the next-generation workforce.



Using IBM Analytics Talent Assessment, university students can gauge their readiness for public and private sector Big Data and analytics careers and gain guidance on ways to further develop and position themselves for these in-demand … Continue Reading

3D-printing company joins CERN innovation centre

Croft Additive Manufacturing is the first company to join the STFC-CERN BIC, the UK-based business incubation centre established by the Science and Technology Facilities Council in collaboration with CERN.

Croft is one of the companies selected by CERN’s Knowledge Transfer group to meet the technical experts and to discuss how to exploit CERN’s intellectual property and know-how for their business idea. The company will use CERN’s expertise in the field of materials characterization and testing for the production of highly specialised metal filters applicable to all industries, including aerospace, automotive and energy sectors.

The … Continue Reading

Thorium-Fueled Automobile Engine Needs Refueling Once a Century


Thorium Concept Car

Thorium Concept Car

There are now over one billion cars traveling roads around the world directly and indirectly costing trillions of dollars in material resources, time and noxious emissions. Imagine all these cars running cleanly for 100 years on just 8 grams of fuel each.

Laser Power Systems (LPS) from Connecticut, USA, is developing a new method of automotive propulsion with one of the most dense materials known in nature: thorium. Because thorium is so dense it has the potential to produce tremendous amounts of heat. The company has been experimenting with … Continue Reading

GSK Names Inaugural Winners in Unique Competition for Academic Drug Hunters


  • Eight academic scientists in North America receive chance for a collaborative partnership with pharma focused on the discovery of new medicines
  • “Discovery Fast Track” competition draws 142 proposals from 70 universities, clinics and hospitals

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GSK today announced the selection of eight winners in its first Discovery Fast Track competition, designed to translate academic research into starting points for new potential medicines. The contest attracted 142 entries across 17 therapeutic areas from 70 universities, academic research institutions, clinics and hospitals in the US and Canada.

“The quality of the entries, from … Continue Reading

UK Academics and Businesses Warn of STEM Skills Gap

A majority of employers of science, technology, engineering and math graduates think there is a skills gap in the UK, according to research commissioned by software company MathWorks.

The STEM Skills Gap report, which was conducted by YouGov and questioned more than 300 employers and 24 of the country’s leading Russell Group academics, revealed that 59% of businesses and 79% of universities surveyed believe there are not enough skilled candidates leaving education to meet industry’s employment requirements.

The research also demonstrated a need for greater collaboration between academics and businesses, according to MathWorks.

More than half of both groups say that working together closely … Continue Reading

Business’s Share Of Academic R&D

Companies provided nearly 5% of the $65 billion spent on R&D activities by academia in academic fiscal 2011, according todata released by the National Science Foundation. This share of funding for academic R&D has been stable since the late 1970s.

Of the 912 academic institutions covered by the Higher Education Research & Development Survey, two-thirds reported receiving some R&D money from the business sector. Nearly 40% said this support exceeded $1 million. Businesses made little distinction between public and private institutions: The share of business-funded academic R&D at … Continue Reading

Business PhD Programs Need to Think Outside the Ivory Tower

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is calling for business doctoral programs to shake things up by educating students with a range of professional aspirations that could include roles outside of academia.

In “The Promise of Business Doctoral Education,” a report released on Sept. 10, AACSB’s task force also asks schools to encourage doctoral students to pursue research that will have a practical impact on business, which aligns with the AACSB’s recent revision of accreditation standards.

Among the report’s specific recommendations are increasing access to business doctoral education, making better use of limited resources, and both developing … Continue Reading

Google, edX to extend massive open online courses across business, academia


These days, there are two polar-opposite modes of higher education. You can either attend a public or private university on-site for about $15,000 to $60,000 a year, or you can partake in online courses taught by professors from leading institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford for anywhere between free to $360 a year.

In a move certain to disrupt the higher education business model even more than it has been disrupted, edX, a consortium of 28 universities offering massive open online courses, announced it is partnering with Google to jointly develop the edX … Continue Reading

Big Data Education Hinges On Business, University Partnerships

Hey, college grad, ever heard of Hadoop? Know anything about statistics? In the coming years, big data skills might help you land a good job.

Data analysis is expected to play a greater role in day-to-day business operations, a development that will require many university graduates to attain at least a basic understanding of big data tools and technologies.

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts a 25% percent growth in the need for analytics-trained workers through 2018. And research firm Gartner estimates that more than 4.4 million big data-related jobs will be created by 2015, but only a third of those will … Continue Reading

U.S. lags in business funding of academic research

Washington Bureau ChiefEmail  | Twitter  | GoogleThe U.S. lags 13 other nations in the support businesses provide to academic researchers, according to a study compiled by Times Higher Education.

South Korea ranks No. 1 on the World Academic Summit Innovation Index. Businesses invest an average of $97,900 per scholar in that country for R&D work on their behalf. In the U.S., businesses are providing only $25,800 per academic researcher.

This report is the latest piece of bad news in “a long and troubling trend of faltering industry investment in university research in the … Continue Reading


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