Universities and business forge stronger partnership – new National Centre announced
The Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) announced plans to launch a new National Centre for Universities and Business. The centre will focus on strengthening the strategic partnership between universities and business with a view to driving economic growth and recovery. HEFCE will initially fund the centre, with support from other national funding bodies.
The establishment of such a centre was a key recommendation in Sir Tim Wilson’s review of business-university collaboration, published in February 2012. Today’s announcement coincides with the Government’s response to the Review in which ministers are expected to support the launch of such a centre.
The development of the National Centre reflects the recognition by university and business leaders that they need to do more together to address the challenges to the UK of immediate turbulence in the global economy and of longer-term competitiveness.
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