martes, 16 de diciembre de 2008

Tandem University-Enterprise (II)

Returning to talk about the duo "University-Enterprise." Stiring among my papers found a couple of notes I took at a seminar organized by the Chair of the UJI INCREA few months ago, specifically on June 12, on MOBILITY OF PROFESSIONAL BETWEEN THE COMPANY AND THE UNIVERSITY where people panellists came as relevant business world as Escrigas Daniel (Director of Corporate Responsibility of UBE Corporation Europe), Jose Luis Lopez Silanes (President of HLC), Juan Mulet (Director General of the Foundation for Technological Innovation (COTEC)), Javier Delgado Garcia as a representative of the UPM and accountable practices in business and Miguel Valcarcel, professor at the University of Cordoba and national prize for research in 2005.

A seminar was very interesting because it was important the gulf between these two entities (lack missed in the audience top representatives of the University as well as the group of businessmen from Castellon, given the importance of the subject that demanded a profound reflection of the current situation).

I will not recount the entire seminar (on the website of the Chair INCREASE sure that there are summaries of it) but I wanted to highlight some aspects that I drew attention, considering that I come with a business-and despite all that are already I am aware of the problem without seeing concrete actions to deal with it, I mean the Enterprise-University interaction in one direction.

Everyone is agreed that there is a need for greater cooperation between the University and Enterprise and are based on the famous phrase "The University is responsible for preparing our highly-skilled human capital to achieve business excellence" .. . and I wonder: do we really believe the business is this? ... And the University?

It is true that increasingly, establishing partnership agreements between the two entities: fellows, research contracts, however, it seems that there is still some disbelief as to the effectiveness of such collaborations. I heard that mechanisms have been launched to "force" such collaborations as tax incentives as the company does not invest in research if you do not get results ... Interestingly ¿no? Is it necessary to force such a relationship? How could develop "smoothly" as saying the Anglo-Saxons?

Jose Luis Lopez de Silanes (President of HLC) has launched two issues for discussion which I found very interesting:

- How can the universities to increase business confidence about the ability to generate knowledge applicable?
- What obstacles exist to incorporating professional management techniques to academic institutions?

It seems that this requires a change of mentality in both major parties. The goal is not only increase the prestige university, obtain additional sources of funding or participating in the training of students ... So what happens to "generate wealth in the environment or improve the socio-economic environment of our society?

Another noteworthy speech was that of Miguel Valcarcel, professor at the University of Cordoba and national prize for research in 2005 showed that a very detailed SWOT analysis of "reversible mobility" between companies and universities. Sometimes I am amazed how we endeavor to get closer to European models culturally when the distance is abysmal and that the first thing we have to be revised. It was mentioned the figure of the Associate Professor of the important role that can lead to academic training and the little that was materializing ... and that the final again would be in the same words that were heard repeatedly: mistrust to the University and ignorance of the potential university by the company.

I understand that there is a need to rethink where we want to go and focus more on improving the quality of collaboration that launched countless actions to increase collaborations without redesigning the model. The good news is that there is an opportunity to improve and that if there is interest and commitment we can still give you a 180

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