ERIC Number: ED368292
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Postgraduates at the Interface between Higher Education and Industry. Centre for the Study of Higher Education Research Working Papers 93.2.
This paper presents results from the first phase of a longitudinal study of the Australian Postgraduate Awards (Industry) Scheme, a recent government initiative under which graduate students receive grants to conduct projects for Masters or PhD degrees, supervised jointly by university and industry partners. The study involved national surveys of each participating group - students, faculty, and company staff - and sought to compare views on a range of issues, some pertaining to the operation of the program and its outcomes, others in reference to perennial issues in graduate education. The paper explores questions at the intersection of both sets of issues, demonstrating benefits of the program to each participating group, in contrast with perceptions of some of the constraints on higher degree research in the context of university-industry collaborations. The study found that the program is highly valued by its participants and that it provides opportunities for students to undertake research of industrial relevance while working towards a higher degree, research that the partners agree would not have been viable otherwise. However, results are not conclusive, and the apparent degree of uncertainty about research careers in Australia among the program participants is discussed in the report's concluding section. Contains 30 references. (Author/GLR)
Descriptors: Conflict of Interest, Cooperative Programs, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Program Evaluation, Research, School Business Relationship, Student Characteristics, Student Development, Surveys
Department Secretary, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3052 Australia ($5 Australian).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Australian Dept. of Employment, Education and Training, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: Melbourne Univ. (Australia). Centre for the Study of Higher Education.
Note: Paper first presented at the Annual Conference of the Consortium of Higher Education Researchers (Stockholm, Sweden, July 1-3, 1993). For related documents, see HE 027 308-318.