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Academia-Industry Collaboration

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

Variable

Sample no. (N)

Means

Mann-

Whitney

Statistical

significance

Industry-academia

collaboration

Industry

32

4.72

0.040

Yes

Faculty

39

4.36

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

Variable

Industry-academia collaboration currently

Industry-academia collaboration in the future

Sample no. (N)

Yes

Percentage

(%)

Sample no. (N)

Yes

Percentage

(%)

Engineering and career events

Industry

32

16

50

Industry

25

12

48

Faculty

37

26

70.3

Faculty

28

20

71.4

Internships to graduates.

Industry

32

22

68.8

Industry

25

16

64

Faculty

35

26

70.3

Faculty

29

18

62.1

Through “real-life” projects and resources

Industry

31

20

64.5

Industry

24

15

62.5

Faculty

34

17

50

Faculty

28

17

60.7

University provides off-site workforce training for employee

Industry

32

17

53.1

Industry

25

12

48

Faculty

36

29

80.6

Faculty

28

18

64.3

Others

Industry

31

9

29

Industry

25

7

28

Faculty

34

18

52.9

Faculty

28

16

57.1

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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