ERIC Number: ED456997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
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Postgraduate Training & Research in Collaboration with Industry (Twenty Years of Experience in the U.K.).
Leonard, Ray; Barber, Kevin
Universities are often accused of being "ivory towers" that are divorced from the "real worlds" of industry and commerce. Similarly, it is argued that academics teach "yesterday's science," and that they are unaware of modern developments in technology and engineering. When it is realized that the research budgets of some large organizations exceed the total yearly expenditure that many nations spend on their universities, the question needs to be asked, how can universities ensure that their research programs are relevant to modern industry and that lectures are up-to-date? The answer is to collaborate with industry to the advantage of all parties concerned. Collaboration helps universities, industry, and the student and supervisor involved. For example, UMIST is completely committed to collaboration with industry at all levels, from undergraduate projects to doctoral research. For the past 20 years, UMIST has operated a Total Technology (TT) program across all engineering and applied science disciplines with UK industry. For the past 6 years, UMIST has also operated, in collaboration with the University of Manchester, an Engineering Doctorate program, again in association with industry. The Manchester TT and engineering doctorate (EngD) programs now have over 120 doctoral students working in collaboration with all sizes of UK firms. This represents the largest collaborative doctoral program in the UK. The lessons that have been learned and how they might be successfully applied are described. (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Cooperation, Doctoral Programs, Engineering Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Industry, School Business Relationship, Technology
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom