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Case study collection: Transformative partnership approaches in leading universities

Elena Galán-Muros
Partnership approaches case studies

In today’s dynamic academic landscape, universities are redefining their roles as hubs of innovation through strategic partnerships. This collection offers glimpses into the transformative partnership journeys of leading institutions. From the University of Bristol’s inclusive approach to KTH Royal Institute of Technology’s emphasis on societal impact, University of Nevada, Reno’s corporate engagement strategy, to Australian National University’s vision for collective impact, and Ca’ Foscari University of Venice’s innovative governance structures, these case studies underscore the evolving paradigm of university-industry partnerships, showcasing diverse strategies driving collaborative innovation and societal change.

From missed opportunities to strategic partnerships: How University of Bristol transformed its partnerships approach

University of Bristol embraced a comprehensive strategy to redefine partnership dynamics and catalyse innovation. With a commitment to inclusivity and collaboration, the University’s approach went beyond traditional paradigms, aiming to cultivate a vibrant ecosystem of strategic alliances. By harnessing the collective expertise of its academic community, University of Bristol endeavours to democratise partnership development, fostering a culture of engagement across diverse disciplines and sectors.

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology’s strategic partnerships for societal impact

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, as a leading university, harnesses the power of collaboration with private and public sector stakeholders to drive breakthroughs and social benefits. Through its six-year development plan, KTH prioritises key areas such as strategic partnership development, staff mobility, incentives for collaboration, internal support, and integrating collaboration into research and education planning.

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University of Nevada, Reno’s path to transformative university-industry partnerships

In an era of transformative collaboration, the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) embarked on a strategic journey towards holistic corporate engagement. With the establishment of the Corporate Relations Office, UNR embraced a comprehensive approach, harnessing the collective expertise of its academic community to drive innovation and foster enduring partnerships.

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Australian National University’s vision for collective impact through strategic partnerships

Through the Strategic Partnering Initiative, ANU embraced a holistic approach, leveraging its diverse academic community to foster innovation and drive meaningful change. This initiative not only aimed to strengthen existing partnerships but also sought to democratise research partnership building, ensuring inclusivity across disciplines and sectors.

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Innovative governance for knowledge transfer in Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

Designed by the Promoting Innovation and Knowledge (PInK) office, the Octopus Initiative emerged in response to evolving governance structures and the imperative to enhance university-industry relationships. Focused initially on engaging departments in social sciences and humanities (SSH), the initiative aimed to dispel myths surrounding the relevance of SSH research to industry and foster a culture of collaboration and knowledge transfer.

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Elena Galán-Muros (editor) is the Audiovisual Producer at UIIN.

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