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Working with business and forging partnerships

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Conclusion and references


In this article we've looked at a number of ways in which universities can work with business to the mutual benefit of both parties.

It's important, however, not to forget that one of the main beneficiaries is the learner, who gains learning that is both intellectually rigorous and placed in a real world context.

As Ian Maude says:

"At the end of the day, the majority of people here are undergraduate students and they will graduate and need to get a job, and employers will need the graduates who have got the skills to work in today's world."


Connor, H. and Hirsh, W. (2008), Influence through Collaboration: Employer Demand for Higher Learning and Engagement with Higher Education, Council for Industry in Higher Education, UK.

Department of Trade and Industry (2007), Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Annual Report 2006/07, DTI, UK.

Fojt, M., Parkinson, S., Peters, J. and Sandelands, E. (2008), "", Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 146-152.

Leitch, S. (2006), Prosperity for All in the Global Economy – World Class Skills: Final Report, HMSO, UK.