From the ivory tower to the Entrepreneurial University: How to create synergies between research, teaching and practice

Tuesday 4th November, 2014, 6 pm CET

Since the concept of entrepreneurial university was introduced at the beginning of the 1980s the manner in which higher education institutions can contribute to wealth and economic growth has generated a lot of interest. Several studies show that presence of a university over a long period of time can have positive effects on knowledge‐based regional development. These effects are from an academic system point of view mediated through a multitude of processes such as external research collaboration, teaching arrangements with external practises, patenting and provision of highly educated entrepreneurially oriented individuals to the labour market . Therefore, it is not surprising that there have been a large number of initiatives developed world‐wide to promote a broad range of entrepreneurial activities within academic institutions.

This 1 hour webinar will focus on various issues related to entrepreneurial universities such as:

  • defining an entrepreneurial university,

  • the impact of entrepreneurial universities,

  • potential barriers when developing entrepreneurial universities and the role of stakeholders in overcoming these barriers.

It will be targeted at academics as well as practitioners with an interest in leadership fostering creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Prof. Magnus KlofstenProf. Magnus Klofsten professor and founding director of Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Linköping University, Sweden,

He is professor and founding director of Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) at Linköping University. Sweden. He is also professor at division Project, Innovations and Entrepreneurship (PIE). His research is oriented towards the early growth and development of technology-based firms, financing young ventures and university-industry relations. He is research leader at Helix Centre of Excellence and member of AgoraLink Centre for researcher mobility and commercialisation of life science technologies. As director of CIE and member of the board of SMIL (a foundation of small technology-based firms), which provides support in business development for the member firms, has given him thorough experience of planning and implementation of different growth and development programs for technology-based firms.

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Professor Sir Jim McDonaldProf. Sir Jim McDonald Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, UK

He is an electrical engineer by training, and is the Chairman of Strathclyde’s Institute for Energy and Environment, the largest power engineering and energy systems research group internationally.  He is a member of the Scottish Enterprise Board and has served as a member of the UK Trade and Investment Energy Excellence Board.  He co-chairs – with the First Minister – the Scottish in March 2009. Government’s Energy Advisory Board. He is Chairman of the independent Glasgow Economic Leadership Board for the City of Glasgow.  He was appointed as Vice-President of the UK’s Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and, in April 2014, became Honorary President of IET Scotland.
Under his leadership, Strathclyde received the accolade of the ‘Times Higher Education (THE) 2012 UK University of the Year’ and the ‘THE 2013 UK Entrepreneurial University of the Year’.