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Importance of Academia-Industry Linkage
Faculty members and industry were asked how much they perceive in collaboration with industry/academia to be beneficial/important for both sides in a scale-up question ranged from 1 to 5 where 5 = very important, 4 = important, 3 = not important, 2 = not important at all, and 1 = N/A.
Table 7.27 Industry-academic collaboration statistical analysis
Faculty mean response was close to 4 “important” (4.36). Industry mean response was higher mean (4.72) close to “very important”, indicating higher awareness of the importance of industry-academia with statistical significance between both groups in favour of industrial sector with p value < 0.005 after using Mann-Whitney U test, as shown in Table 7.27.
Means of Collaborations
Faculty members and industry were asked whether their organizations have industry-academia linkages/collaborations. They were also asked to specify means of collaboration and the aspects in which they would like to collaborate in the future. A number of collaboration aspects/means were stated in the survey (total of seven aspects), together with a self-reporting dimension under “Other” items; these are shown in Table 7.28.
Table 7.28 Statistics of industry-academia collaboration currently and in the future
This was a multiple response question so sum of percentages may exceed 100 %
The majority of faculty members (89.5 %, N = 34) have reported collaborations with industry in one or more forms. The means of collaboration currently include the following: university provides off-site workforce training N = 29 (80.6 %), internships to graduates and engineering and career events N = 26 (70.3 %), and real-life projects N =17 (50 %).
While means of collaboration in the future include offering internships to graduates N =16 (64 %) and real-life projects N = 15 (62.55), university provides off-site workforce training for employee and engineering career event N =12 (48 %).
Majority of industrial members have reported collaborations with academia N = 29 (87.9 %). The means of collaboration currently include offering internships to graduates N = 22 (68.8 %) and providing “real-life” projects and resources N = 20 (64.5 %), university provides off-site workforce training N =17 (53.1 %) and engineering and career events N =16 (50 %).
While means of collaboration in the future includes engineering and career events N =20 (71.4 %), university provides off-site workforce training for our employee N =18 (64.3 %)and offers internships to graduates N =18 (62.1 %) and real-life projects n =17 (60.7 %).
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