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Qualitative Perspectives on Industry-Academia Linkage
The majority of interviewed stakeholders (industry and faculty) highlighted how important it is for the educational institutions to have links and collaborations with the industry. Several reasons for the importance of collaboration with industry which includes have been reported as follows:
• It will enable higher collaboration between academia and industry in terms of
R&D, and knowledge and technology transfer; and
• Overall, it enhances the engineering education experience and curriculum.
Several faculties reported that they have already some links with industry, in particular through senior design projects or research projects. Faculty members also suggested a number of ways in which linkages with industry can be established or enhanced, such as (1) joint conferences/seminars/lectures; (2) senior projects related to industry; (3) research projects; (4) establishment of a dedicated office; (5) field visits; (6) sponsorship/internships of students; (7) industry chair positions.
It is also worth mentioning that industry has reported that QU could also offer industry consultations, training, certificate, etc. in professional emerging areas in their sectors based on assets and expertise of existing faculty. For instance, some of the proposed areas were in management, energy systems, risks, etc.
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