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Best practice and case studies in university-enterprise networking for European student mobility - LEONARDO reflections for student placements in industry
    
Frank March, Student Affairs & LEONARDO Office Thüringen, Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany
     

Permanent regional, national and international networks guarantee a high efficiency on the realisation of student placement in industry to gain practical work experience;

Variations of regional networks and local structure to realise different strands of project / program activities in European funding activities; needs of the partners involved;

Challenges and funding of incoming students, lobbying for university-enterprise cooperation;
Recommendations for future programmes.
      
Binary Stars: Trends and Features of University – Industry Cooperation in Italy
      
Sveva Avveduto & Daniela Luzi, Institute for Research on Population and Social Policies, National Research Council, Rome, Italy
      

The increasing correlation between scientific research, higher education and economic development pushes towards stronger expectations of direct returns of investments in knowledge. Universities are increasingly engaged in commercialising their principal product, i.e. knowledge, and firms are interested in using this resource in order to raise their economic returns. The two aims are not conflicting, and both university and industry can benefit from mutual co-operation to improve their capacity to influence the social, cultural and economic development.
Even if moving from different starting points, as working methods and ethos may differ considerably, a common ground can be found in view of a shared interest in knowledge production, diffusion and appropriation. 
In Italy the experiences of cooperation between universities and firms date back to the first half of last Century. At the beginning of the cooperation process the initiatives were taken mainly by individual professors and/or entrepreneurs and only afterwards there was a commitment of their organizations. A coordinated action in a common science policy framework though is defined much later and still needs further improvements. 
At present cooperation schemes between university and industry are supported in Italy by a network of formal agreements that link directly the different partners or create a common framework programme managed by various actors. The main one are managed by the Italian Industrials association (Confindustria) and the Conference of Italian rectors (Crui) that are at present the main institutional bodies acting as facilitators and promoters of cooperation.

Objective of the study

We intend to outline a framework of different measures and implemented models, which foster the cooperation in research, training and education activities between two partners often far away in their operational methods and reference system of working conditions and values.
We will present a survey of some cooperation agreements set up by various partners focusing on different cooperation objectives that can be outlined as: research; training and education; certification; counselling.
The paper will analyse some collaboration protocols subscribed by industry and university, which represent the formal framework of joint activities. We are going to select examples of collaborations, which take place in some Italian regions with different level of economic development in order to give a balanced framework of different realities.
In particular the analysis will consider:
· Types of formal agreement such as framework program, bilateral agreement, multilateral agreement, consortia, partnership etc.
· Goals of formal agreements
· Types of actors involved i.e. SMEs, University Departments, etc
· Role played in the collaboration based on cooperation models
· Types of activity carried out 
· Economic sector covered
Particular attention will be put on the cooperation carried out in training and education, such as personnel training and joint courses, which have had a considerable development in Italy. This type of collaboration has important features as it represents the field where common objectives of both parties converge the most and the respective roles are more blurred. 
As information sources we will use the institutional ones including the Association of industrialists, the Conference of rectors, the Ministry for Universities and research and the National research institutions such as CNR. The aim of these information gathering is not to offer a complete picture of all the various initiatives but to structure the main trend along which the cooperation between industry and university is nowadays structured.
The paper intends to set up a taxonomy of cooperation models that can be eventually used to build up synergy indicators on the different topics outlined above. 

       
Building University - Enterprise Relationships for the Benefit of Students and Companies
    
Jan Christoph Otten, Trier University of Applied Sciences, Trier, Germany
      

Students and companies can both profit from exchanges, given certain conditions. Under the framework of the Leonardo da Vinci Programme of the European Union, a large Network of partners are organising student placements in companies throughout Europe.

Some of the key ingredients for a successful placement abroad are a detailed work contract, cultural and language preparation, close monitoring and scrutinous evaluation. 

The presentation will outline the characteristics of Leonardo placements, obligations of participating students and companies, the role of the Network and some benefits of a Leonardo placement that go well beyond comfortable financial support. 

     
Building University - Enterprise Relationships for the Benefit of Students and Companies (co-speaker)
     
Edmund H. Zirra, Career Center KEIM - Entrepreneurship, Leonardo Center KOOR/BEST, 
Practical Placements Coordination of the Universities of Applied Sciences of Baden-Württemberg, Germany
   
To improve the academic recognition of placements, an improved quality control system should be implemented under the new Integrated Lifelong Learning Programme (ILLP). 

With some examples the evidence of the necessity of an improved quality control system for placements abroad will be shown.

Thereafter a possible solution of the quality control by building up a network of Quality Reference Centers will be introduced. In the presentation the possible mode of operation will be explained. 

The benefit of an improved quality system for placements would be an increased added value for the learning outcome for the students and an intensified cooperation of the participating institutions with the enterprises.
     
Business School-Industry Cooperation: An Analysis of Good Practice Cases
    
David Birchall & Jean-Jacques Chanaron, Henley Management College, Oxon, Coventry, U.K. / ACES-Lyon, France
     

In economies where research-based innovation is seen to be a crucial element of competitiveness, the issue of university-industry collaboration has been raised by many scholars, industry analysts and policy makers. 
Unfortunately the abundant literature in economics and management sciences is mostly focusing on the issue of technology transfer between the academic and the corporate worlds, i.e. on the contribution to the innovation process initiated by the business community of basic and applied research and development (R&D) carried out by universities and public laboratories. 
Such collaboration, however, is obviously not limited to commissioned research: it is developing on a continuum from knowledge transfer such as education and training up to basic knowledge generation through research.
This paper is restricting its scope to the following questions: how could long-term sustainable relationships between business schools and enterprises be created and developed to their mutual benefit? What lessons can be learnt from case studies of current practices? What are the critical success factors to build sustainable collaborative activities?

The paper is based on a project carried out between 2001 and 2004 by a consortium of European vehicle manufacturers and business schools entitled ELAN2, standing for European Learning Automobile Network, funded under the European Leonardo da Vinci programme2. The core partners for ELAN2 are listed in Table 1.
 

Table 1: The Elan 2 partnership
    
  Vehicle Manufacturers Other Industries Universities/Consultants
  DaimlerChrysler (D)
  Ford (D)
  Volkswagen Coaching (D)
  Volvo (S)
RWE Thames Water (UK)
TRW (CZ)
ACES-Lyon (F)*
Henley Management College (UK)*
Nijmegen (NL)
Skovde (S)
Wende Consulting
* Authors’ institutions.
    

ELAN2 was organized around four topical work packages – e-learning, coaching, knowledge management and university-business relationships – selected for their importance and relevance to the core partners. Each work package was responsible for identifying good practice and involved the organisation of a series of workshops, including guest speakers from other industries, and for delivering a final report on the key findings and issues to be dealt with in the future. 
This paper reports the study of university-business relationships. It is based on an analysis of four case studies selected from those presented. The cases reported here were selected as representing successful practice in relationships as in each case they had been in existence for some considerable time and had secured major resource investment from the parties involved. They also represented different approaches to building university-business relations. The cases were initially presented by the academic institution leading the work, but were then subject to cross examination by members of the project team and invited guests. The summaries presented here reflect that analysis. The write-up of these meetings was agreed by those making the initial presentation. 

    

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