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University-Business Cooperation Skills Accelerator
Pre-Conference Training Program

We present you with a unique opportunity to participate in our “University-Business Cooperation Skills Accelerator | Advancing UBC” Training Program

Participating in this training program will provide you with the chance to accelerate your boundary spanning skills, meet like-minded professionals, get access to best practice examples, and obtain your UIIN microcredential on Advancing UBC. 

By combining the Training Program with your 2023 UIIN Conference ticket, you will be able to access all the presentations, keynotes, workshops and social activities from the conference, as well as join a dynamic and intensive 1,5-day program designed for individuals working to break down the barriers between academia and industry. 

Who should participate?


Academics who want to engage with businesses and societal stakeholders and increase their impact


Professional staff at universities whose job is to promote and facilitate university-business cooperation


Businesses that recognise the importance of building links with universities

How will you benefit?

Access proven tools, frameworks and methods that you can apply in your work
Be guided by specialist facilitators who bring years of experience from research and practice
Learn from and be inspired by expert guest speakers, who are renowned leaders in the field
Discover international best practice case studies in university-business cooperation
Engage in peer-learning with participants from all across the globe and scale up your global network
Obtain your unique UIIN micro-credential on Advancing UBC

Training Program Schedule



8:30 – 9:30


9:30 – 11:15

Identifying and evaluating partners and opportunities

The workshop will provide participants with a practical starting point and guidance for their partnering activities. Participants will be guided to establish an understanding of their UBC value proposition and target markets for their UBC activities.

11:15 – 11:30


11:30 – 13:15

Valorisation pathways 

This workshop will focus on different ways for determining the transferability of R&D results, looking beyond traditional IP licensing and patenting approaches. It will include case studies on different valorisation pathways across both STEM and SSH.

13:15 – 14:15


14:15 – 16:00

Managing partnerships

The primary objective of this workshop is to shed light on the mechanisms by which universities and businesses deepen their relationships in order to reach the level of strategic partnership where they attempt to align their long-term direction and priorities.

16:00 – 16:15


16:15 – 17:15

Challenge-focussed roundtable discussion & networking

17:00 – 21:00




8:30 – 9:00


9:00 – 11:00

Capturing UBC outputs, outcomes and impact

The workshop introduces the components of the logic model and different types of qualitative and quantitative indicators for assessing UBC activities as well as different kinds of support mechanisms for enhancing UBC in organisations.

11:00 – 12:00


2023 UIIN Conference & Training Bundle

Make the most out of your 2023 UIIN Conference experience and join us for the Training Program!





Training only ticket

Have you already purchased your conference ticket but want to benefit from the training opportunity?





Our Accelerator and Change-Maker Organisational Members benefit from complimentary tickets to both our conference and training. Contact [email protected] or visit our Membership page for more information.

Meet your facilitators

arno meerman

Arno Meerman
CEO & Founder at UIIN

Arno is the founder and CEO of the University Industry Innovation Network, a leading network that conducts research, provides events and training, and consults government, universities and industry on university-industry interaction. In his role Arno has built UIIN to one of the largest networks on university-industry interaction globally. Arno actively works with the European Commission, universities, and other government bodies towards professionalisation of university-industry relationships, entrepreneurial universities and partnerships. He has designed and led a number of UIIN’s research projects for the European Commission and professional training programs on entrepreneurial education, innovation alliances and university-business cooperation.

balzhan orazbayeva

Dr. Balzhan Orazbayeva
Manager, Strategic Initiatives at UIIN

Balzhan is the strategic initiatives manager at UIIN. In this role, she designs and delivers innovative training, consultancy concepts and models to develop more engaged and entrepreneurial universities. Balzhan has undertaken research around university-business collaboration and social innovation and has run a number of training programs and workshops around entrepreneurial universities, future of universities and university-business collaboration. Balzhan holds a  doctoral degree from the Free University Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), where she focused on the engagement of academics and businesses in education-driven university-business collaboration. She is the co-editor of The Future of Universities (FUT_) book series.

Todd Davey Res

A/Prof. Todd Davey
Associate Partner at UIIN

Todd has consulted to the European, Australian and, Vietnamese Governments, multiple universities and is the author of the book ‘Entrepreneurship at Universities’. Formerly a Senior Manager with Deloitte Australia’s Technology Commercialisation Group and Strategy & Business Development Manager for one of Australia’s fastest growing start-ups, Todd ‘switched sides’ to work within academia. Todd is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Institut Mines-Télécom Business School in Paris and a visiting researcher at Imperial College (UK), Technical University of Vienna (AUT) and the University of Adelaide (AUST) in the topics of entrepreneurship and innovation.


Dr. Sarah Jaber
Manager, Business Development at UIIN

Sarah is an experienced consultant, and has advised universities in Australia, Europe and the US on issues relating to university – industry engagement, institutional strategy and performance, and research funding. Through her previous roles at KPMG Australia the University of Melbourne, Sarah brings a strong understanding of the higher education and research landscape. In her current role at UIIN, Sarah’s focus is on driving and delivering UIIN’s advisory concepts and projects, including designing new ways to support universities with their external engagement challenges. Sarah leads the UIIN Strategic Partnerships Accelerator Program.

Andrey Dyachenko

Dr. Andrey Dyachenko
Learning Experience Designer and Facilitator at UIIN

Andrey’s role is to transform the UIIN’s extensive body of knowledge and experience in university-industry interaction into engaging and effective learning experiences. He designs, develops and facilitates educational programs, trainings and workshops. After obtaining his PhD, Andrey left academia and pursued a career of Learning experience designer. He designed and developed multi-modal learning experiences in settings ranging from museums and exhibitions to educational workshops, to universities, to internal employee education. His particular interest lays in collaborative learning and co-creation techniques.

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