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Over the last few years, universities have increased their efforts to be more engaged with external stakeholders, better connected to the local and regional ecosystem and to achieve greater impact.   

However, this remains challenging for universities, especially while trying to maintain education and research excellence. Some of these challenges include:  

  • Lack of clarity and shared vision of goals with respect to partnerships and entrepreneurship  
  • Difficulty to coordinate engagement activities across the university, and maintain oversight over the different activities   
  • Having pressure to generate revenue and greater impact  while trying to identify the right metrics to track this  

In this panel discussion, university experts will share their insights and experience around actions and initiatives they have taken or are currently taking to accelerate partnerships, impact and innovation at their institutions. Drawing on learnings from the UIIN Institutional Programs, this panel discussion provides an opportunity to learn more about what you can do at your own organisation, and to network and engage with the speakers and participants.  


The aim of this panel discussion is to hear and learn from university leaders who are directly involved in enhancing partnerships, innovation, entrepreneurship and impact at their universities. Participants will further have the opportunity to network with the speakers and other attendees after the discussion.

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This panel discussion is designed for university leaders, managers and professional staff who are looking for ways to enhance and accelerate their institution’s external engagement. 

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Expert panel

Carol Stewart

Vice President, Tech Parks Arizona at University of Arizona

Carol Stewart leads the UA Tech Park at Rita Road and is developing the UA Tech Park at The Bridges.  She is also president of the University of Arizona Center for Innovation, a technology business incubator network serving the University of Arizona, Tucson, and the international community. Stewart’s expertise in university research parks spans decades and nations with more than 20 years of experience working with research parks, technology commercialization, business incubation, governmental relations and business development.

Mikael Östling

Deputy President at KTH

Mikael Östling received his MSc and the PhD degrees from Uppsala University, Sweden. He holds a position as professor in solid state electronics at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He is currently the deputy president of KTH. He previously held position as dean of the School of Information and Communication Technology, KTH, and head of department. Mikael was a senior visiting Fulbright Scholar at Stanford University, and a visiting professor with the University of Florida, Gainesville. A Fellow of the IEEE, Mikael was an editor of the IEEE Electron Device Letters and EiC of IEEE J-EDS

Dr. Sarah Jaber

Business Development Manager at UIIN

Sarah is an experienced consultant and facilitator, 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 and 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.

Julian McKenzie

Julian McKenzie

Director of Sales & Account Management, Enterprise & Innovation at Coventry University

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