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A dedicated training program for professionals working across the boundaries between academia and industry



A flexible blended learning format is applied throughout the professional development program. The delivery timeframe and frequency of online sessions is tailored to meet staff availability and commitments. Participants will be equipped with the tools, resources and knowledge to enhance their understanding, analyse their own activities and develop concrete next steps for implementing their learnings in their daily work.



The training participants will undertake a personal application project (PAP) which is a hands-on, problem-based learning experience project that tackles a real-life challenge. PAPs are a keystone element that run through the learning framework. Each participant will be supported through the programme with input and feedback to complete their PAP through mentoring sessions, and will have the opportunity to present their PAP to peers and facilitators.



The development of the PAPs and strategies to tackle participants’ challenges will be supported by mentoring and coaching throughout the duration of the training program. The role of mentors will be to ask challenging questions, listen and provide relevant insights and advice, and highlight good practice cases and examples where relevant.

Personal Application Project (PAP)

Personal application projects (PAPs) are a keystone element of the program, which will allow participants to apply the acquired through the training knowledge and skills in their own contexts, by developing and implementing a keystone university-business collaboration project.

Participants self-select the project that they would like to work on identifying something that has individual or organisational importance, which involves facilitating, support and/or undertaking engagement between universities and businesses. The PAPs can be structured to directly align into RED’s goals and responsibilities, to enable participants to apply the learnings into meeting their daily objectives. By presenting the PAPs during the PAP workshops, participants will learn from each other and develop the confidence and momentum to drive their projects further.

UIIN provides an approach for setting up a PAP, but in essence participants are expected to describe:

Motivation behind their PAP
Challenge or issue that they are addressing
Stakeholders involved
Activities to be undertaken
Gantt Chart
Desired results
Expected challenges

PAP example

Director of Businesses Incubator and Technology Transfer Center for a University

Specific Objectives

  • Licensing of at least 3 university technologies to industry
  • Creating 1 or 2 university start-ups or spin-offs using their own patented technologies



Include any relevant work experience or education/training you have undertaken especially in relation to university-industry engagement
Max. 250 words
Max. 100 words

Personal Application Project (PAP)

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